Lee Snijders Designs Tips
‘Design on a Dime’ host shares summer home improvement tips
By DIANA M. LARTIGUE
ST. PETERSBURG – Lee Snijders, host and designer of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime,” visited the Lowes store Aug. 20.
Carrying personal household items such as vases, lamps, and outdoor pots, spectators patiently waited in line for their opportunity to speak with Snijders about their individual ideas.
“Design on a Dime” is HGTV’s highest rated television show. With a budget of $1,000, a host and design team transform a selected homeowner’s decorating and design dilemma into a room of modern and stylish marvel.
As spokesperson for KILZ, manufacturer of primer and other paint products, Snijders enthusiastically shared one day project ideas with fans, homeowners, and curious store on-lookers. According to a KILZ survey, 30 percent of Americans nominated their kitchens as most in need of home improvement help this summer with bathrooms coming in at a close 27 percent. More than half of those surveyed admitted to abandoning a home improvement project they started.
Currently in the process of remodeling her kitchen and dining room, homeowner Jan Scott asked Snijders specific questions regarding paint colors and how to best tie the two rooms together. After her quick consultation, Scott headed straight for the paint department to select her colors, feeling good about the advice Snijders gave her.
While there are many design shows, “Design on a Dime” stands out for its out-of-the–box design creations.
“We are not your traditional designers,” said Snijders. “We break all the rules when it comes to colors, placement, fabrics, and textures. It’s about creating an illusion.”
For instance, he commented that while it’s a popular “rule” that lighter colors make a room look larger, he prefers a darker palette.
“Deeper tones absorb light, creating the illusion of depth and character,” Snijders said.
Shane Merriman, operations manager for the St. Petersburg Lowes store, commented that the store had approximately one month’s notice for Snijders’ visit. Snijders made appearances on NBC’s “Tampa Bay Today,” FOX’s “Good Day Tampa Bay” and ABC’s “Action News: Tampa Bay” the day prior to the event.
A few KILZ “Summer Saturday” tips include painting your kitchen the color of food (consider eggplant, caramel, buttery yellow or chocolate brown) to entice guests to get in the mood to eat; perk up patios by re-finishing old ceramic and terra cotta flower pots with color, patterns or designs and sealing them with an oil-based primer to ensure wet soil and water don’t affect the final result; create one wall as a focal point in a room by changing its color.
A unique idea for bathrooms: select a paint color that is in contrast to your hair color, making your hair style stand out for easier styling.
Snijders also shared some of his personal decorating tricks such as placing live plants throughout a home in low places such as a floor or plant stand to give it instant warmth. Guests will assume that silk and other artificial plants placed in higher spaces of your home are real too.
“Never place furniture up against a wall to make a room appear larger. The illusion of space is created when there are no direct lines for the eye to follow,” said Snijders.
For instance, placing a couch more toward the center of the room and placing a couch table behind it, will take the focus off the perimeter of the floor’s edge.
From Snijders perspective, the main element that sets “Design on a Dime” apart from all other design shows is that the creative talents on this show give people what they want.
“Many design shows are into creating shock value. That’s not what we are about. We interview the homeowners and really get a feel for what they want, and take all those considerations into our design plans. We take the extra step to give it that edge, but compliment the personalities of those we’re creating the new look for.”
The 37-year-old’s career highlights include the creation of his own company Lee Snijders Designs, creating artistic sculptures and working for several Walt Disney World locations as an Imagineer creating some of Disney’s most memorable set designs. He has also competed in three episodes of “Designers Challenge” (winning twice), made numerous television appearances including “House to Home” and “Designing for the Sexes” and has been profiled in a number of publications. His newest endeavor focuses on the release of two new books available next year, “Breaking the Rules” and “Illusion of the Design.”
Article published on Friday, Sept. 16, 2005
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July 25, 2005 12:48 ET
Brush Up Your Home in Just One Saturday
HGTV's Design Expert Lee Snijders Shares His Secrets
ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 25, 2005 --It's no surprise that Americans' summer plans include time for sun and fun. But for a large number of people, it's also time for adventures in home improvement. According to a new survey* conducted on behalf of KILZ®, more than 80 percent of Americans admit to putting off home repairs until the summer.
Their good intentions, however, don't always yield results. Many people choose to spend time at the pool, vacation or relax and home improvement projects often fall to the wayside. In fact, 60 percent of those surveyed admitted to starting home improvement projects, but not completing them. And, nearly half said they've abandoned a project more than two times.
The key to checking off summer home improvement projects is using insider tips to tackle (and complete) a task in a day -- allowing extra time for family and fun.
"As the pace of life picks up this summer, you can still set aside an afternoon for quick home improvement projects that will make an impact," said Lee Snijders, host of HGTV's "Design on a Dime." "There are a number of simple projects that are easy and inexpensive, but will make a real difference in the look of your home."
Snijders, who has re-designed more than 100 rooms on HGTV's "Design on a Dime," says primer is the "secret weapon" to take something that is an eyesore and make it eye-popping. In fact, primers can be used on more than just walls. With the right technique, primer can prep glossy surfaces like kitchen cabinets, revamp an old lamp, wake up a weary floor, revitalize old outdoor furniture or cover up awful colors from past fashion trends.
"Primer is a great tool to help you deliver professional-looking results for home improvement projects like repainting walls or refinishing wood furniture and cabinets," said Snijders.
Transform Your Home
When it comes to rooms that are most in need of home improvement help, Americans nominated their bathrooms and kitchens. Snijders teamed up with KILZ to develop KILZ Summer Saturdays, a series of one-day projects that can take any room from dull to dazzling.
-- Perk Up Patios: Add pizzazz to an outdoor living space in an hour by
*Impulse Research Corporation conducted a national online survey with a random sample of 1,512 men and women -- all members of the CyberPulse Advisory Panel -- for KILZ. The overall sampling error is +/- 2.5% at the 95% level of confidence.
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