Ace establishes panel of Design Experts

Ace Hardware launched its first-ever panel of Design Experts.

The panel, comprised of three interior designers from different regions across the United States, will provide color and design inspiration for Ace customers.

A big part of the service is to help shoppers through the paint-selection journey. “At Ace, we know paint is personal, it’s not just about mixing a gallon of paint,” said Mary Rice, president and general manager, Ace Paint. “It’s about guiding and validating the customer so that the color they choose is one they will love and feel comfortable with in their home -- and that all starts with inspiration.”

Ace’s Design Experts bring more than 30 years of combined experience to the panel, specializing in color and the transformative power it has in design. They are: 

• Katie Reynolds, of Dallas, is the owner and principal designer for Lilli Design LLC, an interior design firm, which specializes in residential design and unique nursery and children’s rooms. Reynolds’ strongest area of expertise is color and using it to create unique spaces around the home.

• Julie Richard, of Boston, is the owner and principal designer for Shelter Interior Design, a full-service design firm specializing in residential and small hospitality interiors. She works closely with her clients to create fresh environments and often recommends adding color to a room for a quick, affordable update.

• Nathan Fischer, of Orange County, Calif., is the owner and principal designer for Stiles Fischer Interior Design, a full-service interior design, decorating and architectural firm. He views color as the key element within each room and believes that adding a pop of color to a wall, ceiling or banister can make the most dramatic and cost effective change within the home. 

Among the experts’ home color picks for the fall are cobalt, navy and royal blue as well as browns with gray undertones.

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