A coat of paint helps repurpose old treasures, but it can also give purpose to new designers. Just ask Lisa Hubina, whose love of paint recently inspired her to start a colorful career as a design consultant with John Boyle Decorating Centers.
“I am always looking for ways to repurpose items with paint,” says Lisa, whose very first DIY project was a wall mirror makeover.
For homeowners wanting to roll up their sleeves and tackle a weekend project, Lisa has no shortage of ideas on transforming yard sale finds and much-loved-but-worn pieces.
“It is amazing how dramatically you can change a room, furniture or art with something as simple as paint,” she says, listing her go-to brands as Benjamin Moore as well as Fusion Mineral Paint for upcycling projects. “Best of all, with paint you can change the look of an item very easily and any time you like.”
Which colors do you love working with most? I love the warm grieges because they work with any color scheme and can set the tone or mood of a room, but right now, I am really loving Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. I just redesigned my spare room at home, which has a white chair rail and white ceiling, and chose Hale Navy as the main wall color. It looks so gorgeous and classy.
Pro tip for adding a pop of color to an otherwise neutral space:If you have a neutral scheme, I would recommend using at least 60% neutral tone, 20-30% of a secondary color for balance – and then save the last 10% for a bold pop of color.
Favorite place to find inspiration:The ocean.
A must-watch home design TV show:Windy City Rehab; interior designer Alison Victoria buys and restores old homes in Chicago.
How do you ensure that your designs still reflect your client’s taste? By communicating with the client every step of the way. One woman insisted on painting her living room avocado green. I immediately recognized that it wouldn’t work well with the colors in the adjacent rooms. Thankfully, once I showed her how avocado hindered the flow we wanted to achieve, she chose something else. Crisis averted!
What’s the most rewarding thing about what you do? I really enjoy working with people and making them happy.
Three words to describe working at a family business like John Boyle: Loyalty, respect and teamwork.
Your home deserves careful consideration when making alterations. Bring your interior design hopes and dreams to life at John Boyle Decorating Center. Book a consultation with one of our talented team members.