Vern Yip Shares His Insider Design Secrets

Jan 04, 2017
If you’re familiar with HGTV, then you know Vern Yip from one of his many hit shows. As an architect and interior designer on shows like Trading Spaces and Design Star, Vern has literally transformed thousands of living spaces across the country. His new book, Vern Yip’s Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home offers timeless tips for all homeowners. Look for him January 7th at the Salt Lake Home Show where he’ll be sharing his design secrets!

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Q: What’s your favorite new trend? 
Vern: "I really love this trend of layering patterns, and I think it’s here to stay. People used to think if they had a patterned rug, then everything else in the room had to be solid. They didn’t really understand how to layer in patterns of different scales – a small, a medium, a large, and an extra-large-scale pattern. But when different patterns relate to each other, usually through color, it’s another way to really help make your home feel like you."

Q: What is a common mistake that people make when taking on a design project?
Vern: "People tend to want to piecemeal things because they think in terms of budget, meaning, 'Okay, we’ve set aside a budget to refinish the kitchen.' But it’s really important to have a master plan as you are renovating your house, down to drawings and budget spread- sheets. It could be over five or six years, or even more, but having that big-picture understanding of everything you want to do helps you to spend your money in the wisest fashion possible."

Q: What is something you would like folks to consider for their next project?
Vern: "The most important thing for people to consider, that they don’t, is what they honestly and truly desire functionally and aesthetically. Instead, a lot of people are more concerned with trends and what they’re supposed to want. I encourage everybody to step away for a second and give up the anxiety associated with, 'What will my friends think? What will my neighbors think?' People’s homes are their personal spaces. When you walk through that front door, it should put a huge smile on your face. It should be completely tailored to you – to your functional needs and to your aesthetic preferences."

Don't miss Vern Yip – SATURDAY ONLY at 11:30am and 1:30pm – on the Design Stage presented by Xfinity. Get 2-for-1 tickets when you connect with us on Facebook and treat a friend or family member to the show. We can't wait to see you there!

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JANUARY 6-8, 2017.