Candice Olson is one of the most prolific interior designers in North America. Her Toronto-based home-makeover show on HGTV (or the W Network if you’re Canadian) called “Divine Design” is one of the top watched shows.
Beyond the TV screen, Candice has years of design experience. She freely shares this experience and her tips in another TV show called “Candice Tells All.”
Here are some of our favorite tidbits that she’s offered on the show and on her blog.
You Can Blend Kids and Style
Candice is a mom with young kids, so she knows the challenges faced by families trying to live in a nice home with little ones running around. To make this happen, she encourages you to use materials that are durable. We suggest laminate flooring as a great place to start! Then, finish your room off with a plush area rug to give your kids a soft spot to curl up and play.
When building a stylish kid-friendly home, start with the most used room. That’s probably the living room, if your household is like most. Choose darker colors to hide stains, stronger pieces of furniture that are not likely to break or hurt your children (think: zero glass tabletops), and lots of hidden storage spaces.
No Kids? You Can Still Live Comfortably In Style
You don’t have to have kids to make your home look comfortable and chic simultaneously. Function and style can merge in each room of your house.
To do this, consider your lifestyle. Where do you spend most of your time? How do you use each of your spaces? For example, if your family spends a lot of time cooking, make your kitchen open and conducive to dicing, chopping, and simmering your meals. If your family prefers the great outdoors, build out your backyard and create a sunroom where you can spend time year round.
Don’t Shy Away From Color
Candice is big into bold colors, but she realizes how challenging this can be for many homeowners. Finding the perfect color scheme is tough. You want the right balance in each of your rooms.
She suggests picking one look for your entire house. Don’t opt for pastels in one room and primary colors in another. Keep it consistent.
She also suggests limiting your bold color selections to one wall – at least to start. That way, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and scared of a big color, and you’ll avoid making a major mistake if you choose the wrong color.
Experiment with these tips in your house and then show us what you come up with! What’s your favorite piece of advice from this famous interior designer?