{color club’s top blog posts of 2015}

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As the year draws to a close, it’s always fun to review the highlights of the past year. We’ve gathered all of your favorite Color Club posts from 2015 – reread your personal favorites, and be sure to check out any that you may have missed:

  1. {50 shades of gray – the paint edition}
    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.
  2. {bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}
    Wallpaper continues to gain popularity with homeowners and designers. Here is our look at wallpaper trends for 2015 – the hot colors, prints and textures – from some of the top manufacturers.
  3. {wallcovering wednesday – easy up and easy down with sure strip}
    If you’ve shied away from wallpaper in the past because you were worried about the paste and the mess, York has a paper for you. And if you avoid wallpaper because you hate trying to take it down later – you’ll like it even better.
  4. {backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuilding}
    Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.
  5. {fabulous front door paint ideas}
    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.
  6. {choosing colors – going from beige to greige}
    I spent hours looking at paint samples, and I learned that gray can be a tricky color to choose as it can skew either blue or brown – and, depending on what accessories and furniture you have, it’s important to lean one way or another.
  7. {bits & pieces: dog washing stations}
    But we should add that if you’re painting the walls in your pampered pooch parlour, Hirshfield’s recommends our Heavy Duty Latex Enamel — doggone indestructible and highly resistant to the splishing and splashing and inevitable after-bath shaking.
  8. {what the color of your front door says about you}
    What’s so fascinating about the portal to a house? Perhaps it’s because an interesting front door communicates something about the personality you’ll find inside. What does your front door color say about your mood and your home?
  9. {how to pick the right paint color for your home}
    Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t happen often, so when you’re deciding on a color, you have to be 100% confident that this color will be timeless, elegant, and beautiful.
  10. {bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}
    The Bachman’s Spring Revival idea house is filled with attractive and affordable ways you can put your personal stamp on room design. This year, many inventive solutions utilizing found art and objects were featured.

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{friday finds: beautiful botanicals and fabulous ferns}

Even as the cold weather begins to hit, there’s nothing more beautiful than interior décor that is stylish and chic, and even brings a hint of lush nature indoors. We’re not talking plants that you have to care for every day, but stunning wallpapers that bring the outdoors inside.

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Nature has been a strong influence and source of inspiration for decor this past year. The beautiful botanicals, fabulous ferns, and pretty palm leaves have seen a resurgence in popularity. The iconic palm leaf style actually originated from Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The bold wallpaper has since been transformed to more classic looking styles that can be used for any room and not just upscale Beverly Hills hotels.

Beverly Hills Hotel

Is that the lovely Lesley Ann Warren?

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{wallcovering wednesday: discovering thibaut’s trade routes}

If you love traveling to exotic places (or just dreaming about it), Thibaut Design has a book for you. Thibaut’s new Trade Routes collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and embroidered fabrics was inspired by handcrafted and primitive techniques from faraway places.

For example, Goa (below), a stunning pattern named after the beautiful beach town in India that has colorful buildings and palm trees, and at one time had wild cows roaming freely along its beaches.

Gao | Trade Routes

Trade Routes | Goa

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{wallcovering wednesday: bohemian rhapsody}

Brewster Brings the Bohemian Chic with Kismet Collection

For those of you who survived the 80s decorating palette, it may be difficult for you to think you’d ever plaster another room with wallpaper. Remember the flowery patterns and the bold (let’s call them vivid) colors? Yikes, I think we all still remember some atrocious patterns in bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms across the Twin Cities.

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A Beautiful Shibori Print from A-Street Prints Kismet Collection

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{wallcovering wednesday: large floral prints for spring}

Big, Bold Floral Wallcoverings

Spring is here and so are the flowers. Some of our favorite wallpaper collections feature large scale floral prints, with bold, modern takes on the natural classic.

Diva from Scion

Diva from Scion

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{fun with bonus rooms}

Giving New Life to Extra Rooms

Remember when laundry rooms, sewing rooms, and attics were the forgotten parts of your house? Not anymore. Now those old “junk” rooms are places to show off your style.

                                                      Eclectic Home Office by Park City Architects & Building Designers Jaffa Group Design Build

Mud rooms, sewing rooms and guest bedrooms are all getting makeovers. Beth and Faye from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s say the trend has been growing over the last couple years. “Who’s doing it? Empty nesters turning a former kids’ room into a walk-in closet. Putting a mail station in the mudroom, craft rooms with built-ins, and some rooms serve a dual purpose of guest room and hobby room,” they say. Read the rest of this entry »

{bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}

Wallpaper Wednesday: Hot Wallpaper Prints, Colors and Textures for 2015

Wallpaper continues to gain popularity with homeowners and designers. Here is our look at wallpaper trends for 2015 – the hot colors, prints and textures – from some of the top manufacturers.

Blue Mountain Wallcoverings

“2015 will bring the bold and the beautiful,” according to Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, with patterns on a larger scale and upbeat color pairings. “Blue Mountain’s 2015 collections boast a provocative and eclectic mix of large-scale patterns in sophisticated palettes of citron brights, classic neutrals and deep indigos, creating a home that is both playful and refined.”

York Wallcoverings

“Rich jewel tones have reached new pinnacles of popularity,” says Gina Shaw, vice president of new product development for York Wallcoverings. “Blue is stunning combined with analogous shades like teal and bottle green, as well as contrasting hues. It’s great for grounding an otherwise light and airy room.”

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

“We are increasingly finding new inspiration in opulent architecture and design rooted in the traditions of faraway places,” she says. “It’s become easier for people travel to exotic destinations and, by creating wallpapers with a global sensibility, we make it possible to bring a piece of those places home with them.”

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

Seabrook Wallcoverings

“Everything floral is in full bloom in fashion and interior design,” says Suzanne Ashley, director of product development for Seabrook Wallcoverings. “Look for an abundance of flowers in all varieties, styles, and scales to impact wallcovering, especially in watercolor techniques.” Additional influences include textures found in nature, from feathers and fossils to bamboo and cork.

Regarding color trends, she says, “the big story is BLUE – all shades. Most important is navy, with some calling it the new black. The newest blues are the deep shades – like marine blue, which is navy with a hint of green.”

Brewster Wallpaper

“Feature walls are a wonderful way for people to incorporate the colors and pattern that they love without overwhelming the room,” according to Brewster Wallpaper. “Feature walls are especially popular in the bedroom behind the bed, in dining rooms, nurseries, and used to create a special focal point in an entryway.” Brewster also says bright palettes, vivid florals, and modern geometrics will continue to be on trend, as well as global chic designs with exotic Moroccan influences.

Patton Wallpaper

Patton Wallpaper sees seafoam, aqua and light purple as trending colors for 2015, along with the classic neutral black. Gold and silver metallics add shiny accents to wallcovering patterns, or standing on their own, and ”vintage damasks are seeing a resurgence in popularity, along with florals.” Patton also sees surface prints, papers with a slight embossing or raised texture, as a trend in 2015., “and grasscloth is a classic that never goes out of style and always adds that extra layer of color and texture to a room.”

Washington Wallpaper

Lattices, damasks, and geometrics will be hot in 2015, according to Washington Wallpaper: “classic patterns that customers understand and look familiar to them, but are freshened up with a modern twist.” The updated textures show depth, which adds another layer of texture to a room without making a huge statement. “Grasscloth is huge, from tasteful naturals, to glammed up papers with a pearlized finish and metallic accents.”

Ontario Wallcoverings

Grasscloth is also one of the trends that Ontario Wallcoverings identified. “Grasscloth has always been a go-to wallpaper. We’re seeing a resurgence in its popularity with our current grasscloth book, and we’re working on the release of another grasscloth book this year.” In addition, Ontario sees another trend emerging: “We have also noticed that there has been a move from the traditional look to that of contemporary in many regions.”

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Contemporary pattern from Ontario Wallcovering

Mix it up with wallpaper this year. But before you begin, check out our wallpaper advice and tips or stop by to chat with one of our wallpaper and design experts. Hirshfield’s has locations throughout Minnesota, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

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