Candice Olson’s Decorating Tips

Star of Candice Tells All , Candice Olson, has this advice for decorating your home.

What do you read for inspiration?

For inspiration, Zink Magazine and Surfaces.

What is your best piece of advice for a new designer?

“Treat your client's money as if it were your own or, frankly, you won't make any of your own.”

What advice do you have for a new designer who wants a TV show?

“Work hard for the opportunity and try to beat it to the door before it knocks!”

How do you stay on trend without spending a fortune?

“To stay on trend but not redecorate every six months is pretty basic. You need to design a home you love that looks great and works well for your lifestyle, and then make small, gradual changes with some of the right trends, some of the time.

Keep large "investment pieces" for the long term, and small accessories in the short term. You can add in trendy colors and styles in small doses every once in a while. Think about changing small things like pillows, accessories, blankets, lampshades, artwork or even new rugs every so often, but not the big things like sofas and dining room tables.”

How do you use colour in your home?

“You want to pick one look for your entire house. Not that you can't have different, unique colors in every room, but pastel pink in one room, primary red in the next and deep, dark purple in another won't flow well.

The idea behind using color well is it should flow in your house, not be a patchwork of opposite looks. If you love color and are going for bold color throughout your home, pick one look. It could be all light pastel colors or all jewel tones, which are rich, saturated colors that often resemble actual gems, in look and name, like emerald green, sapphire blue or ruby red.”

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