Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk is full of great home design advice. Here are 10 of his best ideas for your interior design.
It’s been more than a decade since Queer Eye for a Straight Guy stole the hearts of Americans. Last year, Netflix brought back the series as Queer Eye with a new and refreshed Fab Five, including interior design guru Bobby Berk.
Hiring an interior designer can cost anywhere from $100 to $500 per hour, with projects averaging between $2000 and $5000.
Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of Bobby Berk’s 10 best design tips so you can give those high fees a miss. Keep reading to learn from the very best.
1. Give Your Walls Some Love
A simple way to spruce up a room is to bolden up your walls. For the more adventurous types, a bold colored accent wall can be the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for.
Get creative. You don’t have to go crazy with patterns and colors to make an impact. Consider hanging an accent art piece, or if you are a little braver, an entire textured accent wall.
For those who want to get their feet wet but aren’t quite ready to commit, temporary wallpaper can be the perfect middle ground. Try Bobby’s own line, Tempaper.
2. Too Hot, Too Cold or Just Right?
Go a little Goldilocks on your lighting choices. Cool-toned lighting like CFLs and some LEDs can make a room that’s supposed to be lived-in and cozy feel as sterile as a clinic waiting room.
Queer Eye Bobby Berk recommends using warm-hued bulbs, especially in the bedroom. He also advises matching the lighting temperature throughout the main rooms in your home, so it’s not jarring when walking from one room to another.
3. All About the Rugs
A rug can really tie a room together. (Big Lebowski, anyone?). Bobby Berk urges people to be selective when choosing a rug not only for its pattern and color scheme but also for its size.
Choose a rug that’s the right size for the room. Bobby says you’ll know when it’s the right fit. He also recommends not stuffing a rug too far under the sofa, as too many people tend to do. He also likes to change his rugs based on the season.
We know what you’re thinking. How can I possibly afford a rug for each season? Bobby doesn’t think paying thousands for a rug is necessary. You can find a nice rug for a few hundred dollars.
Consider using them to decorate outdoor spaces too! A nice rug can add an extra flare when placed under a patio set and can warm up an outside space on a cool evening.
4. Make the Most of What You’ve Got
You don’t have to buy a whole bunch of new stuff to change the vibe of a space. Use what you already have! Sometimes just painting the kitchen cabinets that were already there can make the space feel brand new.
Sentimental ornaments or child’s paintings can make great accents. Bobby thinks it’s great to use shadow boxes to display your kid’s latest work of art.
And there’s certainly nothing wrong with showcasing an old family heirloom front and center on a mantlepiece.
5. Find a Place for Everything
Clutter is the antithesis of design. Maximizing storage space and making sure everything has its place is one thing you can do to stay sane and happy in a busy household.
Be resourceful with storage. Mount shelves and cabinets if you need extra space for books and trinkets. Use hollowed-out benches and make the most out of the space under the bed to stowaway the stuff that’s adding clutter to your home.
6. Your TV is Not the Focus Point
Everyone seems to arrange their living room around their TV. Bobby disagrees with this decision, as a room focused on a TV eliminates the conversational vibe that a living room should have.
Arrange your furniture in a conversational way, with the TV as a background piece. He’s not saying don’t have a TV, he just recommends not having it as the main focus point.
If you have the space in your home, having a dedicated TV room that is away from your main living room can be a great option. Not having a TV in your front living room can add a vibe of connection and induce conversation with your loved ones.
7. Do You
While Bobby Berk certainly has his finger on the pulse of current trends, he recommends his clients not to be a slave to them. Adding personal touches and staying true to your style will add longevity to the enjoyment of design choices.
“You should do things that you love, not things that magazines tell you to do,” says Berk. He also urges people away from the need to convey feminine style by overusing pink and frills.
There are many other ways to add soft, feminine touches and it shouldn’t matter what gender you are. Design it how YOU like it. You’re the one living there. And if you do like pink and frills, go nuts.
8. White Isn’t Always Best
A common misconception is that white paint will automatically make a space feel bigger. While light colors can open up a space, it’s not a golden rule.
A poorly designed room or a room without enough natural light can actually suffer from stark, white walls and give the space a cold, sterile feel.
Bobby recommends using warmer white tones or light gray or toupe to open up a space. White can work, but it has to be well thought-out and there should always be accent pieces to brighten things up.
9. Paint it Black, In Moderation
The same way people think white automatically opens up a space, many think black automatically makes a room feel small and claustrophobic.
Bobby Berk assures that is not the case. When used tastefully and in moderation, black can actually add depth and character to a space.
Like most things in life, moderation is key. Don’t go painting an entire room black. But using black on a feature wall can add an interesting moodiness and character that is hard to achieve with other colors.
10. The Little Things
Sometimes, all a room needs is a little nudge. Changing things as simple as doorknobs and faucet fixtures can sometimes transform a room from drab to daring. If you are in the market for some new furniture pieces, click here.
Something as simple as adding a plant can bring a huge amount of life to a room. Changing the frame of that old family photo can give it a whole new life. Little details go a long way in design.
Stuck with a decommissioned fireplace? Using candles can be the next best thing, and they won’t rack up your gas bill.
Wrapping Things Up, Bobby Berk Style
Not many people have a better eye for style then Queer Eye Bobby Berk. At the end of the day, it’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about making the most of your space and letting your own personal style shine through.
Check out our lifestyle blog for more tips and tricks, and don’t miss the next episode of Netflix’s Queer Eye to see Bobby Berk in action.