February 17, 2014
For a room that's "stuck in the 1970s," HGTV show host Meg Caswell has some advice - redecorate with furnishings that will have classic styling that lasts well into the future and make sure the colors of a redone room carry into adjoining spaces. With these recommendations, homeowners can choose a feature like Anderson's Northern Maple Plank flooring and feel assured it will have longevity as well as beauty.
One example in Caswell's home design portfolio was a kitchen that needed new appliances, updated lighting and refinishing on old cabinets. She chose a trend-setting slate gray that's neutral enough for the homeowners to find it useful for some years to come. Neutral wall colors often are good choices for kitchens and bathrooms, where much of the wall area is taken up by cabinets, mirrors and other design features.
Another Caswell makeover included adding a double-duty extension built onto one end of the galley kitchen counter. The new peninsula-style counter serves as cooking prep space, a breakfast bar and has shelves underneath to store cookbooks or utensils.
As for the second bit of advice - carrying over color - that can be accomplished by mimicking the gray-based decor in a nearby bathroom, another room that's focused on functionality. It's a color that works well with many metallic finishes, including those on fixtures and cabinet hardware.
Successful makeovers can be big or small
Caswell knows a lot about before-and-after decor. As a past winner of the design channel's Design Star series, she earned the opportunity to host Meg's Great Rooms, a series in which room transformations take place in every episode.
While many of her designs involved significant purchases or renovation, there were also plenty of easy and affordable tips from Caswell that homeowners could try on their own. Many updates were accomplished with a new paint job, a change in accessories or moving around furniture.
For instance, Caswell favors displaying one's collectibles in a single area for optimum effect rather than scattering them in various locations. In one client's home, she gathered together artifacts the family had collected on various trips around the world in one spot, but used ethnic prints and similar colors throughout the living area, kitchen and dining room to tie the three spaces together.
Whether they opt for edgier, bold colors or traditional neutrals, homeowners who include hardwood floors in their design plans will always add warmth with beautiful wood tones and rich, durable finishes.