{friday finds: accenting the exterior of your home}

When you’re painting the exterior of your home, it can be tempting to use an accent color for your garage door. However, Faye from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s has some expert advice — don’t! “Your garage door is likely not the most interesting thing you can draw attention to,” she says, “and an accent color should highlight the most attractive parts of your home.” Instead, be sure to remember the accent ratio: 70% should be body color, 20% trim, and 10% accent color.

Here are some examples of how to properly incorporate accent colors on the exterior of your home.

Front Door

You may have heard this before, but the front door is a great place to use an accent color. You can use a bright color, like green, for a great pop of color.  Grand Entrance®, from Benjamin Moore, is a paint designed specifically for doors – check it out.

Benjamin Moore front door Crete Countryside

Benjamin Moore Grand Entrance®

Or, you can never go wrong with a classic like black.

Craftsman Entry by Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers FGY Architects

Window Boxes or Shutters

This is another popular place to use an accent color, and it works really well with the accent ratio. Be sure to choose a color that goes well with both the body color and the trim, and again, you can’t go wrong with a classic.

Traditional Exterior by Richmond Architects & Building Designers Island Architects

Your Garage Door

Yes, your garage door may be a great place for an accent color, but there’s a catch. You only want to draw attention to your garage door if you have a beautiful garage door.

Traditional Garage And Shed by Chatham Architects & Building Designers Siemasko + Verbridge

One more tip — never use an accent color to highlight an access door outside of your garage. For safety reasons, make sure to paint that door the same color as the body of your house.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{friday finds: new thibaut book with natural beauty}

After the success of its Natural Resource book, it’s no surprise that Thibaut Design is back with more.  Natural Resource Volume 2 is now in our stores, encompassing raw materials and specialty papers like printed corks, sisals, paperweaves and metallic linens – a new Thibaut book with natural beauty.

RO-TazaCork

Taza Cork – Thibaut Design

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{friday finds: easy decorating tips for the holidays}

7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays

Holiday gatherings and parties with family and friends are a sure way to warm up even the coldest winter nights in the Midwest. And, for a host, it can also mean an opportunity to highlight your creative side. Decorating for the holidays can be a fun way to express your personality as well as embrace the season.

With the holidays fast approaching, here are 7 easy decorating tips for the holidays.

Embellish A Wreath

A simple can of white spray paint can turn an old holiday wreath into a winter wonderland. Don’t be shy and spray the entire wreath in a well-ventilated area, of course.

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{painted kitchen cabinets}

Friday Finds: Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinets may be too dark for your taste or too light, or just plain outdated. Painted cabinetry can give your kitchen that fresh and updated look. We’d like to share some of our favorite kitchens to inspire and spark that sense of creativity and design in you.

Cabinets painted gray

Gorgeous gray cabinets and island from House Beautiful

 

Kitchen cabinets painted green

A little Kelly Green goes a long way from Remodelaholic

 

Luigi Fragola

Luigi Fragola on Desire to Inspire

Pale avocado and Stratton Blue

Benjamin Moore gets all the color credit with a stunning color combo of Stratton Blue and Pale Avocado – from Studio Sarah Willmer.

 

Painted Butler's Pantry

Pantry Pride from Luigi Fragola

Kitchen cabinets painted mellow yellow

This gorgeous kitchen was pinned two years ago on H’s Pinterest boards, but it took a year before people paid attention to it. Source Unknown

Painted kitchen cabinets

Hand painted economical kitchen redo from Natural Calico

Kitchen cabinets painted green

Classic Victorian green paint preserves the original aesthetic of this 1882 home via BHG

After all, the kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you need it to look its best. For more inspiration and pretty pictures check out our Kitchen board on Pinterest. Look for a blog post next week where we’ll share tips on painting kitchen cabinets yourself.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

 

{friday finds: hirshfield’s best selling paint color: 3am latte}

0175 3am Latte

0175 3am Latte

“Still The One”
We’ve been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know
After all these years
You’re still the one…

 I feel the lyrics from this 70’s song describes the relationship H’s employees have with 3am Latte. Or maybe I’m projecting?

I sent an email to our stores yesterday asking for their 10 best-selling Hirshfield’s paint colors. I realized it’s been 3½ years since Hirshfield’s Top 15 Paint Colors appeared on the blog. I think it’s time for an update, don’t you? So far, six stores have responded and I was surprised to see 3am Latte on all their lists…again. With gray being such a color powerhouse in the design world and the “IT” neutral for wall color, I wondered why is 3am Latte still so popular with our customers?

I made some inquiries and here’s what Hirshfield’s color experts shared:

 “This is a color that gives you the intensity of a darker color without being too dark. It’s “Minnesota brown” all the way. A little gold, a little brown, it’s a color that goes with a lot of fabrics. A great neutral background that works with patterns and solids.”  Jon – Hirshfield’s Eden Prairie & Edina

“We live in Minnesota where some people think salt, pepper, and catsup are spicy. These customers don’t want anything “too spicy” on their walls. When customers come in asking for a neutral (with a little color) I show them 3am Latte. Sometimes even that’s too much color. If they’re receptive to trying a sample at home, seven out of ten customers end up liking the color, and return to buy it. An all-around good neutral.” Nate – Hirshfield’s Apple Valley

“3am Latte can work in every room in your home. A darker color without being too dark-it gives you intensity. It’s a cozy, organic looking color. Masculine enough for a man cave, works with an “up north” color palette, and with just about any accent color. Crisp and classy looking against white enamel woodwork. A nice contrast with lighter colors like Little Dove 0006. If you want to work gray walls into your home’s color scheme, look at these grays: 0519 Baby Seal, 0568 Cloudy Today, 0504 Indian Tears. 3am Latte is a good compliment to the undertones in these (Hirshfield’s) grays.” Becky – Hirshfield’s Roseville & Design Studio

“We’ve had so many success stories with this color; for a lot of us, it’s our go-to color when customers come in wanting a neutral. I recommend 3am Latte for rental properties because it goes with everything: woodwork, painted trim, accent colors, carpets, and tile.” Aaron – Hirshfield’s Maple Grove

 Another color mystery solved. I misjudged 3am Latte; now I know why “It’s Still the One.” This color deserves an A+ for playing well with others. If you’re having difficulty finding a good neutral take a look-see at Hirshfield’s 3am Latte. Or is it too spicy for you?

{friday finds: vt wonen loves to paint}

vt 12-2013 cover zonder rug en fluo-1

VT Wonen is a fabulous home interiors magazine from the Netherlands. I haven’t seen the magazine in real life, but their on-line presence is outstanding. Great images. They’re not afraid of color. I love how they get a little crazy when they paint.

ceiling

Painting the ceiling and bringing the color down the wall, creates a cozy feel to a room with high ceilings. Add a couple of pieces of furniture painted in the same color family and you have a one-of-kind look for your room.

rug

Can’t find that perfect rug? Try painting one on your floor. To pull off this look you’ll have to move to a Scandinavian country, paint all your walls white, then paint your floor. You’ll find  more “moody blues” right here and here. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: the grays still have it in the midwest}

Chelsea Gray HC-168 – Benjamin Moore

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Peace Garden state, and America’s Dairyland, our customers are still loving grays. Warm or cool, they can’t get enough of the color.

You may recognize the gray bedroom from a recent post. Here are additional photos from this contemporary Lafayette, California home where the designer chose some of the best grays from Benjamin Moore to anchor the home’s color palette.

livingroomCumulus Cloud 1550 – Benjamin Moore

stonehearthStone Hearth 984 – Benjamin Moore

balboamist,jpegBalboa Mist 1549 – Benjamin Moore

This color can change quite drastically in different light – in this room it goes very gray. hope that helps!
 Holly Bender 

kitchenLondon Fog 1541 – Benjamin Moore

bedroomGray Huskie 1473 and White Dove OC-17 trim – Benjamin Moore

 I like how the designer and home owner mixed vintage pieces with modern pieces, or updated an “already owned” piece with a new and exciting fabric selection. Such luxurious fabrics used throughout the entire home. (A girl can dream, can’t she?) It makes a house feel like a home. A really fantastic looking home. Props to designer Holly Bender  and Scott Hargis Photography.

laborday

Hirshfield’s Labor Day Paint Sale is running now through September 3, 2013 with savings on interior and exterior paints and stains.

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