{friday finds: don’t make these interior design mistakes}

Design inspiration is everywhere. Watch TV, read this blog, or pick through Pinterest, and you’ll find plenty of  exciting design ideas. But sometimes that’s a problem. How you put them together is where you really make the magic — or make a mess.


So, in the spirit of “putting it all together,” our Hirshfield’s professionals put together a list of interior design mistakes you shouldn’t make.

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{choosing colors: going from beige to greige}

I love to decorate my home and it never ceases to amaze me how much color can transform a room – from paint to accessories. For years (seriously, I think for a whole decade), my house was draped in paint from Hirshfield’s with names like Tobacco Road, Accessible Beige and Golden Thread.

Benjamin Moore popular gray paint colors

The best of Benjamin Moore’s grays

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{bits & pieces: bossy color goes yellow}

 Annie Elliot, an interior designer in Washington DC, spent seven years waiting, and wanting, to fall in love with her living room. Benjamin Moore helped seal the deal with Sunrays 343.

You can read more about her yellow living room and entire home on her blog, Bossy Color. Check out what the living room looked like a year ago; it gives me hope, as my rooms are always evolving.

What do you think of Annie’s yellow living room?

Here’s what you can do to find the perfect colors for your home:

  •  shop at Hirshfield’s
  •  take advantage of Hirshfield’s infinite color knowledge
  •  sample a color at home with the Hirshfield’s Big Swatch, color sample pints, quarts and selected 2oz. Benjamin Moore colors

Let Hirshfield’s help you fall in love with your home all over again.

{trade secrets: invest in your home}

Painting is more than simply splashing colors on your wall – it’s an investment in your home.  Here are some tips from Mark Masica, manager of Hirshfield’s Edina location, on how to make your investment last:

  • Invest in high-quality paint and equipment: As with most things, you get what you pay for.  Splurge on paint and supplies — higher quality materials go on easier, splatter less and have less odor and will save you time and money in the long run.  Use cloth dropcloths instead of plastic, which can slip around on the floor and cause you to slip, and use professional quality rollers, which last longer and hold more paint than synthetic rollers.
  • Plan for the future and save samples of paint colors: Your beautifully painted walls will suffer some wear and tear over time, making it important to have samples and a solid organizational system in place when they do.  “You don’t want to have to rummage through each half-used can of paint trying to find the right color to repair the scratch,” says Mark.  “You should mark the color on the side and top of the can, so that even if the lids get mixed up, you still know what shade of paint the can contains.”

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  • Select eco-friendly paint to keep your home environmentally conscious: When choosing paint, look for one with low amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  These paints are easier on your family and the environment, because they emit little to no harmful gasses.

{avoid the color clunker}

Your paint sample options have been greatly expanded at Hirshfield’s. Now you have 6,820 glorious colors to “test drive!”

Try one of 2,016 Glidden paint samples available in quarts… 3,356 Benjamin Moore paint samples in pints…1,448 Hirshfield’s paint samples in pints.

Plus, the Big Swatch and Benjamin Moore Color Sample jars. We have it all!

Benjamin Moore color samples

Benjamin Moore color samples

All on sale until September 24, 2009 at 50-60% off! A Hirshfield’s demo pint is $2.49! (It’s a big deal-I thought it was bold worthy)

The new sampling arrived at the perfect time, as my daughter and I are going around and around about “feel the energy” and “willow springs green.” I’m not feeling the love she is for these garish greens; these are color clunkers. Now we can slap both of them on the wall for $6, and get the pinks she wants out of the Hirshfield’s line for $5.

I just remembered my room at her age, garish green and lemon yellow. Hmm, maybe I’ll be a nice mom for one day and let her choose her colors.

Hirshfield’s is doing our part to stimulate the economy, in addition to the sample sale we are giving away a $1,500 trip. No purchase necessary, so stop by one of our retail locations by September 24, and sign on the line.

When you win you’ll have to drop us a line.

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