Friday Finds: Playing with Pastels
Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.
How many walls do you plan on painting in your room? Three? Four? Look up. That ceiling is truly your fifth wall and often an overlooked territory. And, while there are industrial size canisters of “ceiling white” paint available, we love using color on the ceiling to add nuance to a room.
Liz Dahlin from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s has some beautiful examples of how even subtle shifts from plain white can harmonize and elevate the wall colors you’ve selected and enhance the entire space
“Depending on the overall palette, I like to use Hirshfield’s 0006 Little Dove or 0012 Bunny Cake with warmer, deeper walls. For lighter or cooler colors, I like Hirshfield’s 0011 Sugar Dust. For a crisp contrast to grays and blues, I love Benjamin Moore White Dove.”
With spring right around the corner (we hope), this is a great time to dream about design ideas – for the inside or outside of your home. And if you live in North Dakota or Northern Minnesota, the Fargodome is a great place to jump-start your imagination this weekend. The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show is at the Fargodome, Feb. 27-March 1, and Hirshfield’s will be there in Booth #1160.
The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show features products and trends in the building industry, with exhibits that include:
The Hirshfield’s booth will showcase our Hirshfield’s line of paint, Hunter Douglas window treatments, and our Premiere Collection of window treatments. Read the rest of this entry »
There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition.
Shades of gray that work well in our cool climate are the warmer grays. These are the grays that have gold or brown undertones as compared to the blue undertones that tend to look too cool for our weather.
Hirshfield’s color expert, Mark Masica says grays work easily in most any room, “ I’m old school and about the only areas I would not use a gray would be in a nursery or young child’s room, where I still like the brighter, more playful colors.”
What’s your home’s curb appeal? How does it feel when you pull up to your front door? Is the door just a functional part of the facade, or does it create a grand entrance? A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you home each day. And new paints make it even easier to brighten your front door.
The color experts at Benjamin Moore know color and how to make it work in your home. The Affinity Color Collection (144 colors) will make your life easier when it comes to selecting paint colors. How, you ask? Affinity’s claim to fame is that all colors in the fandeck go with each other. This sounds like the perfect color collection for homes with open floor plans. Pick a color, any color, they all work together.
Here’s what Benjamin Moore has to say about the Affinity collection:
We have taken the guesswork out of selecting colors by carefully creating a palette where all of the colors share three basic traits which are attributed to color. Our Affinity Collection has taken 144 harmonious hues that were designed specifically to make it easy for you to create beautiful, perfectly balanced paint color combinations for every room—and create color flow throughout your home!
Begin your exploration of Affinity with this curated palette of 28 of the colors from the full collection.
It’s in everyone’s best interest to “test drive” your paint color with a sample pint or quart. Paint out an area and live with it for a few days to make certain this is “the color.”
Hirshfield’s carries the following Benjamin Moore fandecks: Classic, Color Preview, Affinity, Williamsburg Color Collection, Color Stories, Candice Olson Designer Picks, and Perfect Pairings. Benjamin Moore’s historical colors appear in the Classics fandeck.
So you decided to put off that indoor painting project for the winter, eh? You figure it’s a good use of your time when the temperature is 10-degrees outside, right? Well, that “great idea” for many new painters is perfect up until the first coat goes up and the scent of fresh paint fills your home and overwhelms you and your family. This can be a health risk for some, and for others, the odor can simply be a nuisance. Next time, remember, low and no VOC paints are perfect for winter projects.