{design trends: incorporating black stainless steel into your kitchen}

Remember when stainless steel appliances were only for restaurants? Or when “stainless” meant the sleek, gray appliances in upscale kitchens? Now black stainless steel is the trend, gracing stylish kitchens across the nation.

This sleek, eye-catching look is more easily incorporated than you may think. Here are a few ideas on how to prepare your kitchen for the trendy new products. Read the rest of this entry »

{design inspiration: tips for two tone kitchen cabinets}

Two-tone cabinets are a beautiful and easy way to add some spice to your kitchen. They add depth and contrast — and an extra sense of style — to a space that can often be defined by appliances and furniture.

If you’d like to add some color to your cabinets, take your inspiration from these designer look, which can all be adapted for DIY projects.

Transitional Kitchen by Rebecca Hay Designs (Toronto)

Two-Tone Tips

  • Create a focal point
    Painting your island or the bar off to the side of your kitchen is a great way to incorporate a fun pop of color. Be bold and use reds, forest greens, or even black for your kitchen island. After all, the island is often the gathering place in the kitchen, and a bright color can add some pizazz to an otherwise monotone room.

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{6 reasons gray and greige are so popular}

Mention gray to many people, and they’ll think it’s drab and boring. But most designers consider it exciting. There are now so many shades of gray that its reputation of being cold or unwelcoming has changed as trending gray paints have taken on a warmer undertone that is desirable for any room of your home.

Benjamin Moore Color Stories Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray from Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Collection

Want proof? Just check Pinterest, where gray and greige (a warm mixture of gray and beige) are showing up on everything from coffee cups to bath tubs. So, here are 6 reasons you should consider gray or greige for your next painting project:

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{adding value to your bathroom}

In honor of National Kitchen and Bath Month, we wanted to share our tips with you on how you can add value to your home by enhancing each of these rooms. We’ve already taken a look at how you can add value to your kitchen, so today we will move on to the bathroom!

Any home-buyer will tell you that the bathroom ranks right up there with the kitchen in terms of selling features of a home. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, having an updated bathroom is just one of those simple luxuries that can make all the difference.

Here are our top tips for adding value to your bathroom:

You know us and our love of color! We always suggest starting with paint when it comes to freshening up the look of a room. In our post, Best Colors for your Bathroom, we showcase some of our favorite colors for the powder room, including Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Dew, Brilliant White, California Blue and Tangerine Dream.

Benjamin Moore Tangerine Dream

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{adding value to your kitchen}

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where everyone gathers, whether you’re cooking, eating or just talking. A workable, up-to-date kitchen serves more than just a functional purpose, it creates an inviting space for family and friends to gather. An added bonus is that an updated kitchen is one of biggest selling points of a house, giving you the largest return on investment when it comes to remodeling costs – if you do it right.

October is National Kitchen and Bath Month, so we wanted to share some tips to get you started on the right path when it comes to updating the look of your kitchen:

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Paint is the most cost-effective way to spruce up a room. Picking the right color for your kitchen, however, can be a little tricky since you have to take into account the color of your counters, cabinets, appliances, etc… We’ve got some great tips for picking the perfect color for your kitchen in this blog post, Colors for Your Kitchen.



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{what every self-respecting kitchen deserves}

Looking at the stats for Hirshfield’s Color Club blog, we notice a fair amount of people coming to this site have used “kitchen” as part of their search terms. The list includes: Kitchen island, kitchen cabinets painted white, counter top for white kitchens, white cupboards, and so on.

Just as every kitchen needs a sharp paring knife, every respectable kitchen deserves beautiful and easily maintained walls (think wallpaper or paint), cabinets, woodwork and ceiling. Hirshfield’s can help you with that. But, if your search brought you here looking for something else kitchen-related, read on for exciting news. . .

To all interested “kitchen” parties, our friends at Warner’s Stellian opened a Miele gallery just last week in their Edina location. This is the only Miele gallery in the United States, mind you!

Miele is a German company with clean lines and a contemporary design. Come to think of it, so is our company.

Miele kitchen

Miele kitchen

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