Design Star, Episode 6

Design Star, Episode 6

Rebecca Orlov
Aug 24, 2009

This week's Design Star episode focused on potentially challenging clients - kids. With a $5K budget and just 20 hours, the designers did the makeovers and attempted their hosting skills for the first time. We spoke with Genevieve this morning about two common themes in all of the rooms that also appear often on Apartment Therapy.

The contestants all seemed happy with their clients and took all of their requests and integrated them into the space. For the most part the designers did a nice job, creating a more modern take on a baseball-themed room and using wall graphics to provide 5-year old Conner with dinosaurs that balanced out the large focal point of the room - the bed with a rock headboard. Each of the five contestants also tried their hand at hosting and first time jitters were definitely there. We are looking forward to the next few episodes to see them get more comfortable in front of the camera.

We noticed 2 common themes in the spaces as well as on Apartment Therapy - using color (bright palettes in this case) and headboards. Color was introduced in each of the kids' rooms. Dan's room (pictured above) stood out to the judges as too bright and a bit jarring. He used such bright colors throughout the space that it didn't feel comfortable or soft. We spoke with the very talented Genevieve this morning and asked her about working with bright color palettes.

  • Genevieve's tips: If you want to use bright colors, think about using a neutral - dark - light palette in the space. This will help balance out the space. If you want to use bright colors on the walls, balance it by bringing in soft accents like soft window coverings, creamy or ivory bedding, just soft textures and colors that will make the space feel comfortable and tone down the bright. Or use the bright colors more sparingly. You don't have to paint it on the walls but rather use accents like a bright lamp, accents rug or duvet cover. Then you can switch it out when you are tired of it.

Another theme that worked in some rooms and failed in others (like Jason's room above) was the headboard. The headboard is a great design element that's often the focal point in the bedroom. We asked Genevieve her best ideas for creating an affordable headboard that wasn't wrapped with fabric and definitely wasn't place mats.

  • Genevieve's ideas: You don't need to spend a lot of money on a great headboard. Finding vertical things are easy and make for a great headboard. I love architectural salvage stores. Here you can find great pieces like old doors, old mirrors framed in tin, windows, large picture frames. These pieces work great for a headboard because they provide scale (the taller your headboard, the bigger your bed will appear) and a little bit of soul (each piece has a story).

How do you use color in your space? And have you made a headboard out of a unique salvaged piece? Share you story below and your photos on the Apartment Therapy LA Flickr pool.

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