HGTV Flipping Star Christina Anstead’s Design Do’s

HGTV design doyenne Christina Anstead, star of the network’s hit shows “Christina on the Coast” and “Flip or Flop,” knows more than a thing or two about high-end interior design. Realtor.com recently highlighted some of the flipping pro’s expert design concepts. We break them down for you here.

In the Kitchen: White Cabinets, White Counters, and a Color Backsplash

Sure—white cabinets, white counters, and a white backsplash can make your kitchen appear larger, but with a white-on-white-on-white color scheme you can run the risk of making your kitchen look sterile and washed-out. So, in your pursuit of a classic white kitchen design don’t forget to include some contrast. Anstead likes to break things up by introducing a pop of color with a bold backsplash. In some of her designs she has incorporated navy, a pigment that provides great contrast and can stand the test of time.

If you need to warm-up the design in your flip’s classic white kitchen, consider the finishes for your fixtures and cabinet knobs and pulls. Instead of using a cool-colored finish like brushed nickel, opt for a finish like brushed brass—it’s just as classy.

In the Living Room: A Whitewashed Brick Fireplace

Many homebuyers like the look of brick fireplaces and exposed brick inside of homes. Others find the red or brown tones of some brick to be heavy, overpowering, or outdated. Depending on the design aesthetic you’re going for in your flip you may want to downplay your brick. But you don’t have to resort to a complicated or expensive remedy, and you don’t have to layer on coats of paint, either. Consider whitewashing, as Anstead did for a client on “Christina on the Coast.” Their red brick fireplace clashed with Anstead’s white kitchen design and whitewashing was an ideal and inexpensive solution.

Whitewashing can tone-down the look of a brick fireplace or brick wall that dominates your space, and at the same time allow some of its character to peek through. There are products specifically designed for this technique, or you can simply dilute latex paint with water to create a thin mixture. Coat your brick as many times as needed to get the look you’re going for.

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