A “Queer Eyes” Design Perspective

Bobby Berk by Plantation Shutters Ltd

A “Queer Eyes” Design Perspective

It is no surprise that the reboot of the T.V series Queer Eye has taken the world by storm on Netflix over the past few years. From Jonathan Van Ness’ sassy comments to Tan France’s great style tips and famous French tuck, design expert Bobby Berk has somehow slipped under the radar completely transforming homes in just a few days. If you are wanting to bring in some of Bobby’s design tips into your own home here are some of his top 5.

It is common to have a set-it-and-forget-it mentality when it comes to our walls. A bit of paint, hang some artwork and bam you're done. Well, Bobby suggests that the best way to freshen up your home is to look at your walls and update them. Add a notable piece of art or if you want to try something a little different why not try a textured accent wall by adding wood, wallpaper or a faux brick wall.

Having the right temperature in a room can really help to make it a comfortable place to be in. Every aspect of the design of a room is thoroughly thought through except for the temperature. “People don’t realize that lighting can change the whole look of a place and the feel,” he says. He’s not talking about the light fixtures though. The amount of light and its warmth or coolness makes a huge impact on the feel of the room. Too cold and the room feels sterile and too warm makes the room feel small and gloomy. Find a bulb with a happy medium that matches the room.

Storage is a must in any home and is Bobby’s secret to transforming a place in just one week. If you are short on space think third dimensional and look up and down as well as side to side. If the space allows, build up. By having enough storage in your home, it helps you keep things in order and will improve on your happiness as well as the rooms flow. Create storage under a bench seat or other multi-use furniture.

A little paint can go a long way. “If the previous owners have painted every room a different colour then go and paint it all one colour or white”. Having different colours throughout the home can make the space feel smaller than it is, making it all one colour opens up the home making it feel larger. Bobby also believes that you should keep a neutral base palette and then add colour in accessories such as pillows, rugs and throws. If you get bored of that colour it won’t be a huge expense to change it out for a new one.

Make it your own. There is no need to worry about what others think you should or shouldn’t do and the trends of the moment. “If you get home and smile because of the way it looks and makes you happy, great”. You don’t want to come home and feel like you live in a museum and its not comfortable at all then that design is not for you. Who cares if it's trendy? Having a home that is comfortable is way more important.

“The things you surround yourself with can bring you joy. So, take decorating your home seriously!" "When people are happy in their space, it really spills out to the rest of their lives.”

For more interior design inspirations, check out our photo gallery or call us on 020 8871 9222 or email us for any shutter enquires.

*Photo Source: Bobby Berk

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