{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

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{friday finds: horizontal plank walls}

 

House Beautiful April 2010

My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous home.

Four years later I’m still crushing on plank walls, but know (and accept) this DIY project will not be happening in my house. My walls are plaster and I won’t go there.

The DIY bloggers who’ve put up their own plank walls make it seem like a manageable project. Painted, stained, or whitewashed, plank walls add anther layer of texture and interest to a room. Enjoy the photos – they may even inspire you to try your own DIY project.

Bruce Knuston planked wall

Bruce Knutson – Edina remodel

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{bachman’s fall ideas house 2014}

Outside the Bachman's Fall Ideas House 2014

Welcome to Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2014

Where did the time go? There’s only one week left to tour the Bachman’s Fall Idea’s House.

A neutral wall color is the background throughout the entire house with mixes of warm fall colors, textures, and patterns creating this season’s theme “Next Generation Fall” and making it a welcoming retreat.

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{window treatment wednesday: picking the right window treatment}

Shop at Home to find the Right Window Treatment

In the store or on the pages of a magazine they seem so perfect, so beautiful and ridiculously simple to install and yet like so many things, do-it-yourself window treatments are not always what they seem. There are so many variables to consider when selecting window treatments and there is no manual that tells you how to pick the right window treatment for your room. In the absence of professional advice, we increase our probability of selecting the wrong blind, installing it and then living with these window treatments, convincing ourselves each day that they’re not as ugly as we think!

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{bits & pieces: painted sinks and bathtubs}

 It’s always fun to add the “unexpected” to a design plan and have it work out. Painting the underside of the wall-mounted sink and outside of the clawfoot tub is “unexpected” and gives these vintage fixtures a fresh look. In my opinion, the paint colors make this bathroom and that’s why it was voted by Houzz readers as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Bathrooms in 2012. The accent colors featured on the sink and tub, Pale Avocado 2146-40, White Dove for the trim, and Summer Shower 2135-60 on the walls…all Benjamin Moore Paint colors.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a bevy of painted bathroom beauties.

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{wallpaper wednesday: the latest & greatest wallpaper books}

thibaut Caravan wallpaper book

Tulsi Block from Caravan

Caravan Paper by Thibaut

Patara Ikat on the wall and Pongo fabric on the ottoman – Caravan

Hirshfield’s retail stores have received so many new wallpaper books in the past month, that it’s a great time to be looking for wallpaper. Florals, geometrics with a twist, embossed classic motifs to digitally altered designs. Papers printed in the United States and United Kingdom bring a good mix of colorways and printing techniques. In addition, there are price points for everyone’s budget. Don’t you have a guest bath that needs some wallpaper TLC? Exciting times in the world of wallcovering.

Caravan by Thibaut

Venture to a place where treasures await at every turn in the Caravan collection. Classically inspired designs and worldly motifs are enlivened with a fresh and adventurous color palette. This energizing collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and woven fabrics is full of surprising shapes and movement that embrace traditional design. Read the rest of this entry »

{hirshfield’s paint colors showcased}

 

Hirshfield's fan deck

Hirshfield’s is a member of Color Guild which is comprised of more than 55 independent paint manufacturers from 14 different countries and is dedicated to the marketing, promotion and selling of paint products. The combined expertise and experience of the member companies makes Color Guild uniquely qualified to serve as a definitive resource on color and coatings. Color Guild colorists work tirelessly to predict and present trend colors 12 to 18 months in advance of their entrée into the marketplace. These color experts carefully separate the fads from the facts as they identify the color trends that keep consumers ahead of the ever-changing color curve making Color Guild a global paint and color authority.

Color Guild’s fan deck is named “Color Is” and offers 1,320 colors for any space or environment you want to create. The shades in the fan deck bring out the best in each room. Here are some of the Color Is hues brought to life:

Hirshfield's Paint Color Is

Traditional Kids by Lake Oswego Interior Designers & Decorators - Lord Design

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{wallpaper trends for your home}

Wallcovering Wednesday: Wallpaper Trends

Wallpaper is big. It’s not just for your grandparent’s 100 year-old cottage, or for that antique store around the corner. Wallpaper is modern, fun, young and trending. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s design studio realizes that not only is it trending, but it’s become a necessary addition to your home. Wallcoverings are flying off the shelves and onto feature walls, half bathrooms, children’s rooms, master bedrooms and anywhere you want a little charm and bold personality.

The patterns Basil sees in the spotlight are ones with a floral flare and intense texture. Designers are going bold.  Eden Verbena from Romo’s Black Edition takes the popularity award. It’s beautiful Monet-like flowers are great for a space with fun atmosphere.

“In one pattern, Eden describes a whole trend. It’s large scale, playful, floral, not too serious, modified, even hippie.”

Wallcovering Trends

Eden Wallcovering Verbena

Romo Black Edition

Romo Black Edition

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{friday finds: august color of the month}

Color of the Month: I’m a Local | Hirshfield’s 0863

August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: 0863 I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. A range of yellows:  mustard, goldenrod, and dijon,  brighten and relax a room without feeling chaotic. Not too bright, not too pale, it’s the perfect yellow.

This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are not going anywhere quite yet. I’ve seen it shown as a wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork, and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.

 

 

0862 I'm a local

Color of the Month

 

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Thibaut Geometrics

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{world cup colors}

Brazilian Color Inspiration

There’s currently a lot of attention on Brazil, with the World Cup in full swing and the 2016 Summer Olympics on deck. Whether or not you’re a soccer fan, if you like things with a tropical flair, Brazilian colors might inspire you to add pizzazz to your home.

 

This entrance has a great feel with an accent wall in mango.

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