If you’ve ever watched HGTV then you’ve probably heard of Genevieve Gorder. She is an interior designer who is well known for hosting Dear Genevieve and is a judge for HGTV Design Star. If you’re a long time fan like us, you might remember her from the reality design show, Trading Spaces, that aired in the early 2000’s.
Aside from her television career, she also owns her own design studio, called gg studios. In 2009 she launched her own line bedding through QVC and today is working on creating a line of rugs and home decor. She is known for her ability to find beauty and inspiration in anything and turn it into something whimsical.
Her most recent project and TV show, Genevieve’s Renovation, is a firsthand account of how she gutted, renovated, and decorated her NYC apartment. Here are a few tips that Genevieve used in her own home that you can incorporate into yours:
Don’t Be Afraid of Black
Often, people tend to be afraid of using black when decorating their home because they fear it will be too heavy or distracting. The key is to make sure it is in a space that can handle it, such as one with tall ceilings and plenty of light. Additionally, make sure to pair it with lighter colors in the furniture and textiles so that it makes the colors pop.
In her own home Genevieve used black in several of her design choices. In her living room she painted a black accent wall and enhanced the space with patterned textiles, a cream linen sofa, and bright, bold colors in the pillows and accessories. She also painted the background of her built in bookshelves black, making the colors of the books and other pieces pop.
Fully Utilize Every Space
Fully utilizing every space in your home becomes a priority when living in New York City. However, Genevieve stresses the importance of doing that in any home for maximum value. She did so in her own home renovation by installing floor to ceiling cabinets in the kitchen. She thinks of the additional storage space as her faux basement stores everything there including holiday decorations and linens. She installed a rolling ladder so that she can access the higher shelves at any time.
When decorating a home the details play a significant part in creating a finished product. Unfortunately, they are often overlooked because people spent their energy on the bigger decisions such as paint color and furniture choices. The key in the details is that they all need to complement the rest of the space without being too “matchy matchy”. Examples of small details that make a big impact are candles and plants. They are great ways to add pops of color and warmth.
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