Carrie Locklyn of ‘Extreme Makeover’ on rejuvenating your space

THE WASHINGTON POST – Carrie Locklyn, a designer and organiser who will appear on the HGTV relaunch of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently for The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

Q: What’s the next trend in cabinetry? I’m sick of grey. What other kitchen trends are you seeing?

A: We will start to see the grey cabinet trend fade out in 2020, and we’ll see more colourful cabinets in kitchens paired with metal elements. I see mushroom-coloured cabinets or “greige” taking a big lead in colour trends. The colour is warm and neutral yet remains light and airy. I see wood-grain cabinets having a big comeback in 2020.

As far as kitchen decor trends: marble kitchen countertops, wood cabinetry, different coloured appliances, kitchen wallpaper, mix-and-match metals and appliance technology. The big trend in kitchens is incorporating technology.

Q: Are you still a fan of all stainless appliances? Seems like that is all you see today.

To create seamless transitions from room to room, keep your flooring consistent, says Carrie Locklyn. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

A: I think stainless appliances will always be with us; they have been around for almost 30 years, and they are classic. However, you can now find so many different options and finishes. Black stainless steel is one of my favourites, as is the new bronze finish. Even newer white finishes to contrast darker kitchens are having a resurgence. I also love the option to customise hardware such as pulls/handles.

Q: What’s the trend for bedroom flooring? I am planning on replacing my aging carpet in the living areas with laminate, but what about bedrooms? If carpet is still big, what colours are trending?

A: I would run the flooring from your main living spaces right into your bedroom. The seamlessness of the flooring will create an overall flow in your home. If you are going with laminate, I suggest putting area rugs in the bedroom and living spaces to create a grounding effect and to keep feet warm.

Q: What’s the best way to replace a large ‘90s-era jetted tub? The tub sits in a windowed alcove with a fake marble surround. I never use the jets.

A: Removing jetted tubs can be especially difficult because they tend to be very bulky; however, if you are not using the tub, it would definitely be a task worth committing to. It is a significant project; it will involve not only removing the tub, but also the framing, drywall, tile work, electrical and plumbing. I would recommend bringing in a professional to get an opinion and a quote.

Q: I have a 1950s ranch with a breezeway panelled in knotty pine. It’s the original – not the cheap imitation stuff – but it’s dark, and I’m thinking of painting it. I have successfully painted some that was in my unfinished basement stairway, which was quite banged up, and it looks great. I’m not afraid of doing it to get good results. But, in the entranceway, will it hurt the resale value if I paint over it? I have been told by some that it would be “a crime” to paint it.

A: Oh, the battle over whether to paint wood panelling. I have done it many times, and every time my clients rejoice. As a homeowner, I say go with what makes you happy and brings you joy when you walk into your home. Who doesn’t love a bright and cheerful textured wall? As a professional certified home stager, I am here to tell you that the entrance is the most important part of the home. It gives the first impression to future home buyers, and nothing said “welcome home” more than a bright and  vibrant space.