June 27, 2013
HGTV host Meg Caswell knows that finding the best products for a home makeovers will ensure that the design scheme will be high quality and long-lasting. For instance, choosing hardwood flooring from Anderson's Urban Pioneer collection would fit right in with Caswell's style.
A past winner of the design channel's Design Star series, Caswell has gone on to host Meg's Great Rooms and this year has several HGTV specials planned in which she scouts the country for decorating trends and furnishings. After all, Caswell won the design competition for her talent in "before and after" decor.
In her great rooms series, Caswell's fixes included plenty of easy and affordable tips for home decorators to try. Some of her updates involved significant purchases or renovation, but many can be accomplished with a new paint job, a change in accessories or moving around furniture.
Color choices A Caswell makeover that involved taking a kitchen that was deemed "stuck in the 1970s" included adding new appliances, updating the lighting and painting old cabinets in trendy slate gray. The changes fast-forwarded the kitchen decor by finding home products that will have appeal well into the future.
Just as the new slate color can be achieved with painting dated cabinets, the lighting of a room can be improved when the right type of window covering is chosen for the space. Fabric roller shades are a particularly good choice for bringing a new print or pattern into a room design.
One of the design lessons that Caswell has for home decorators is to make sure the colors of a room carry into adjoining spaces in some way.
Another nugget of advice from the HGTV host is to display one's collectibles in a single area for optimum effect rather than scattering them in various locations. In one client's home, Caswell gathered together artifacts the family had collected on various trips around the world, but used ethnic prints and similar colors throughout the living area, kitchen and dining room to tie the three spaces together.
Another Caswell makeover included transforming a small kitchen with little counter space by using the addition of a double-duty extension built onto one end of the galley area. The new peninsula-style counter serves as cooking prep space, a breakfast bar and shelves underneath to store cookbooks or utensils.
She's as adventurous in her own home design, where the living room was painted in burnt orange and raffia wallpaper backed a shelving unit.