Norell Berlin

October 03, 2019 2 min read

Norell Berlin

How’s this for a ringing endorsement? Customer Norell Berlin was so impressed by John Boyle Decorating Centers’ products and services that she joined our design team.  

“I was a John Boyle customer and learned a lot from the decorator I worked with in choosing styles for my home,” says Norell, now a design consultant at the West Hartford location. “My background is in management and marketing, but I have always had a knack for color, coordinating rooms and matching. Decorating my own home certainly gave me an appreciation for this line of work.”

Already a decade into the best career decision she ever made, Norell still finds the idea of a blank space filled with nothing but endless possibilities positively exhilarating.

“I enjoy creating a design from scratch, which gives me a wide open field with no limitations.”

Which colors do you enjoy working with most?I love neutralsbecause then the sky’s the limit when it comes to selecting bold furnishings, floor coverings and other home accents. Dark colors are trending this year, so I would definitely like to work more with those to help expand my design schemes.

What’s your design superpower? Putting together colors that will flow from room to room as well as selecting the right window treatments to complete the look.

What color was your bedroom when you were 10 years old? I remember having wallpaper with hot pink stripes and flowers! Today, I still love using wallpaper. It can enhance a room such as a foyer or create a dramatic accent wall in a bedroom.

All-time favorite paint name:Baja Dunes by Benjamin Moore.

Which celebrity designer would you love to spend a day with? Nate Berkus. I like him because his designs are affordable yet elegant.

How do you ensure that your designs still reflect your client’s taste? It’s important to ask many questions to get a feel for what they want, but in the end, do what makes them happiest. Even if something isn’t my favorite choice or to my personal taste, I always try to work with them or suggest compromises, but ultimately, I know that the decision is theirs to make.

What’s the most rewarding thing about the work you do? Having a customer say that they couldn’t have done their project without me.

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 here, 

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