On hearing Bobby Berk – you're likely to think of one thing: color (okay, maybe you'll think of Queer Eye first, but surely then color).
The Emmy-winning television host, author, and Netflix star is, above all, an interior designer – and his most famed projects are far from color shy. Most recently, he worked with Tri Pointe Homes to design three units in Arroyo's Edge, Las Vegas – none of which are immune from his daring room color ideas. Naturally, Bobby's choice of hues is perfect – but what's his secret?
'My biggest color rule (and my biggest rule in design – period) is to pick something that you love, and that makes you happy. I don't have a rule that states the colors you choose – but I do have rules on how you should choose those colors,' Bobby says in an interview with H&G. The tip, according to Bobby, is to 'date' your paint swatches before diving into a 'committed relationship.'
'One of the big things that people don’t think about is that colors look different throughout the day. A color that feels bright and happy during the day might be dark and drab at night,' the designer says.
Bobby Berk is a design expert & Emmy-nominated TV host known for his work on Netflix’s Queer Eye, where he brings change to people's lives by teaching them that a happy home means a happy life. Bobby also hosted Netflix’s Blown Away: Christmas and was a semi-finalist in the sixth season of FOX’s The Masked Singer.
Bobby recommends choosing a few different tones before painting a 10x10″ square on your wall and assessing how the paints change throughout the day – depending on the amount of light that’s coming into your home.
'You can see if it becomes drabby and not happy because the night is when we’re all usually in at our homes – especially in winter when it gets dark,' he says. 'Think about the way that color is going to look at night. See how that feels to you.'
Though, in excitement, it can be tempting to pick up a tone that appears perfect for your home, Bobby warns that, sometimes, it can feel like a 'horrible mistake.'
'A lot of times, people love a swatch – they’ll go to a store and buy it and get it home, and they’ll paint their whole room. Then, a couple of days later, they’ll realize it was a horrible mistake. It’s either too bright or too drab or too dark,' he adds.
'Don’t just jump into a relationship with color – date it. Take it out to dinner. Have a sleepover with it for a little bit before going into a full-on relationship. Painting a 10X10″ square on the wall will allow you to live with it before any commitment.'
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Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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