Author Archives: Kristie Barnett

Maybe (Just Maybe) I’m Setting the 2018 Color Trends?

We’re not even to the halfway mark of 2017, but they are already predicting the 2018 color trends!   I apologize in advance if you think I’m being arrogant in this post, but this is just too uncanny for me not to mention! The 2018 color trends I’ve seen thus far look strikingly familiar.  Here’s […]

Neutral Paint Colors for Historic Homes? No Way!

Time and again, I’ve seen people use neutral paint colors for historic homes. With very few exceptions, it doesn’t work. Why not? Beige and gray paint colors have been all the rage for go-to interior colors since the 1990’s. Not so much prior to that. Your grandparents and grandparents’ grandparents were looking to brighten up […]

Study Confirms: Staging Colors Increase Home Sale Prices

I’ve been saying it for years now – the right staging colors increase the sales price of homes on the market. I believe it and have built my business on it!   Tomorrow is the first day of the Expert Psychological Stager™ certification course that I developed after a decade of staging homes to sell […]

The Surprising Reason Why I Choose Paint Color FIRST

When designing interior spaces, I typically choose paint color first. If you work in the field of design, you may have been taught to do the exact opposite. I know, I know. That’s what they teach in design school. You start with art or fabric or rug, then choose a wall color from one of […]

The Best Countertop Material and Latest Trends

Everyone wants to know the best countertop material for kitchens. Is quartz really better than granite and marble for countertops? It’s now the best-selling countertop material, surpassing granite. Let me tell you WHY. On a scale of 1 to 10 regarding hardness of material, diamond is a 10. Quartz is an 8, granite is a […]