"Compositionally, I think this kitchen works very well," says designer Genevieve Gorder about this HGTV Design Star kitchen makeover. "The layout is open and inclusive to everyone and everything in the house, which is ideal for families and entertaining. I love the idea of Moorish accents running throughout the space and that there seems to be enough storage that was installed correctly in every corner of the kitchen." But she adds: "Where I think they missed — and missed hard — with this particular design was in the very concept. When I look at this space I'm confused with a folkie valance, a latticework design of Moorish descent on the bar and an almost Victorian/turn-of-the-century pressed-tin backsplash. Overall, I think the space lacks focus; it feels weighted down by too much color and busied by clashing patterns."
Gold stenciling adds a hint of Old World elegance to this neutral nursery featuring a painted armoire. A series of window panels allows you to control the amount of light in the room, while two cribs offer options when it comes time to nap time.
"The sofa positioning in front of the fireplace and television is a logical choice; however, it creates an unappealing "hallway" behind the sofa, wasting valuable space," explains designer Vern Yip. "A console storage table behind the sofa would help anchor it in the space and provide a surface for table lamps."
Contemporary White Living Room With Triangular Black Leather Chair
"Here contemporary reads as cold. All those severe straight lines, chrome, plastic and Plexiglas could stand to be tempered by a few flowing lines and the use of natural materials like wood and stone," said HGTV's Design Star judge Candice Olson. The contemporary living room showcases a black, triangular chair, a clear, plastic coffee table and white cubicle storage shelving. A gray shag rug adds texture to the smooth lines.
Contemporary Brick Dining Room With Orange Accent Wall
HGTV Design Star judge Genevieve Gorder says, "In order to make the brick wall the focal point, it's necessary to pull back on the opposing walls. They should've brought in light, creamy, smooth textures to give the space a greater sense of grandeur while highlighting the earthy color and rougher texture of the bricks."
For one of the HGTV Design Star challenges, an eclectic dining room features a fun abstract mural that flows from one wall across the floor to the other wall. A large white table is paired with light wood benches for dining.
"The mirrored doors above the fireplace add depth and interest on their own; the fact that they conceal the TV is a bonus," says designer Vern Yip. "The severe lines of the shutters are softened by simple drapery panels that also help frame the large sectional.
According to Genevieve Gorder, this bedroom needs some serious help. "A white upholstered hollow-core door as a headboard and layers of white bedding would have added comfort and a sense of dreamy luxury," says Candice. "Acoustical ceiling tiles wrapped in pink cotton to fill the area above the desk would have been a more striking and practical treatment."
Neutral Contemporary Dining Room With Blonde Wood Floors
This sleek and simple contemporary dining room with blonde wood floors was designed by Stacey Cohen, a contestant on HGTV Design Star season 5. Stacey specializes in green residential and commercial design and describes her design style as "clean lines and modern principles."
Cream Country Kitchen With Blue Tile Pattern Accent Wall
There are plenty of cabinets to store all the essentials in this cream colored country kitchen. A blue tile backsplash behind the stove adds pattern and color to the kitchen. The island counter is topped with yellow and brown marble.
Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Brown Cabinets and Tile Wall
An iron light fixture hangs from the high ceiling in this contemporary kitchen. The brown island with light countertop has two metallic bar stools matching the stainless steel refrigerator, sink and range hood. A tile wall design matches the varying shades of the wood.
This cozy, cottage-style kitchen is decorated in pale green and neutral tones with a dark hardwood floor. Bright yellow serves as an accent color, and a weathered sideboard adds a rustic touch to the space.
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.