Q&A: Carrie Locklyn of HGTV Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Feb 13, 2020

Designer and organizer Carrie Locklyn is part of the new team on the HGTV relaunch of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, premiering February 16. Locklyn has also appeared on Hotel Impossible, Don't Sweat It and Garage Mahal. Her specialty is updating spaces through accessible designs and organization.

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Good morning on another rainy day in Washington. We've got a great chat coming up with Carrie Locklyn who knows a lot about houses and renovating and designing. Carrie is one of the new faces on HGTV's relaunch of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She has appeared on the Travel Channel's Hotel Impossible and is an expert on updating spaces. Let's chat.

Hello everyone looking forward to answering questions on all things design, organizing, home-making, and of course HGTV's Extreme Home Makeover! Thanks for being here in advance. Carrie Locklyn

What's the next trend in cabinetry. I am sick of the grey.

Hi there! Yes, now that we have approached 2020 we will start to see the grey cabinet trend fade out, seeing more colorful cabinets in kitchens paired with metal elements. Personally, I see mushroom colored cabinets or "greige" taking a big lead in color trends. The color is warm and neutral yet remains light and airy. Also I see wood grain cabinets having a big come back in 2020. 

Hi - any suggestions for a local carpet store that I could check out for a stair runner? Or is everything done online these days?

Hi there! Yes, a lot is online these days, which can be great and difficult all at the same time. There are so many choices it can become quite overwhelming. I suggest looking up a local carpet and flooring company in your area, they're filled with knowledgable staff and can lead you in the right direction. Hope this helps. If you are looking online for a stair runner Dash & Albert is one of my personal favorites. 

Hello! My staircase (center hall colonial so a real focal point) is currently painted white, with white posts and black shiny banister. Molding is white. Wall is a taupe-grey. I have a Dash and Albert runner on the stairs (taupe/dark brown chevron pattern). The stairs don't look great. They look flat, not shiny, and are getting dirty and scratchy. Any suggestions for a new paint job and runner? I'm thinking I should paint at least the tops of the stairs in a shiny black? But not sure precisely which kind of paint would work best. Thanks!

Hello there! Actually, I just finished painting my own banister and spindles in my home. There was much talk about how to make the stairs themselves stand out. I went with a dark charcoal grey and love how it contrasts with the neutral elements of my home. From the sound of your home it could use a little contrast to really make the staircase pop. Your idea of painting the treads black is great. Make sure to use a durable slip resistant floor and porch paint. If you want a little sheen I suggest going with an eggshell finish for the paint. A new runner that is more colorful or has a different texture can bring life to the space as well. 

Are you still a fan of all stainless appliances? Seems like that is all you see today.

Hi there, I think stainless appliances will always be with us as they've been around for almost 30 years and are classic. However, nowadays you can find so many different options and finishes. Black stainless steel is one of my favorites, as is the new bronze finish. Even newer white finishes to contrast darker kitchens are having a resurgence. I also love the new option to customize the hardware such as the pulls/handles. 

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Whats the trend for bedroom flooring? I am planning on replacing my aging carpet in the living areas with laminate, but what about bedrooms? And if carpet is still big, what colors are trending?

Hi there! I would run the flooring from your main living spaces right into your bedroom. The seamlessness of  the  flooring from room to room will create an over all flow in your home. If you are going with laminate I do suggest an area rug in the bedroom and living spaces to create a grounding affect and to keep feet warm in the middle of the night. 

What’s the best way to replace a large 1990’s era jetted tub with a soaker tub? The tub sits in an windowed alcove with a fake marble surround. I never use the jets any more.

Hi there! Oh the 90's era jet tubs! Removing a jetted tub can be especially difficult as they tend to be very bulky, however if you are not using the tub it would definitely be a task worth committing to. It is a significant project as it will involve not just removing but framing, dry walling, tile work, electrical and plumbing. I would recommend bringing in a professional to get an opinion and quote. It will all be worth it when you are soaking in your new tub. 

I have a 1950's ranch, with a breezeway paneled in knotty pine. It's the original, not the cheap imitation stuff. But it's dark, and I am thinking of painting it. I have successfully painted some that was in my (unfinished) basement stairway, which was quite banged up, and it looks great. So I'm not afraid of doing it - there was primer and caulk involved - to get good results. But, in the entrance way, will it hurt the resale value if I paint over it? I have been told by some that it would be "a crime" to paint it. Thanks

Hi there! Oh the battle over whether or not to paint wood paneling. I have done it many times and every time my clients rejoice. As a home owner I say go with what makes you happy and brings you joy when you walk into your home. Who doesn't love a bright and cheerful textured wall. As a professional certified home stager I am here to tell you the entrance is the most important part of the home. It gives the first impressions to future home buyers and nothing says welcome home more than a bright and vibrant space. No crime committed, time to get your primer ready.

Our dining room is open to the foyer of our house across almost the whole width of both, and open to the kitchen by a normal door sized space (no door). The dining room is carpeted (which I hate), the foyer has an engineered wood (dark, wide planks, and smooth), and the kitchen and adjoining family room have an engineered wood that is standard width, lighter and scraped. I would really love to replace the carpet with a wood, but we can only find a close match to the kitchen wood, and replacing the foyer and DR offends my sense of not being wasteful as well as probably makes the project too expensive. I’m worried about the look of having the two different (three visible if you count the playroom, also carpeted and open to the foyer) floorings right when you walk in. Am I doomed to replacing carpet with carpet to keep it simple and pleasing?

Hi there!! Whatever you can do to get your floors to match up is the way to go and budget is always the first factor we need to consider. You are correct in thinking that too many different types of floor surfaces will create a fragmented and disconnected space. One continual floor surface will help aid in the flow of your home. 

Your comments about the grey trend in cabinets and the stainless appliances being classic are interesting. What other trends in kitchen decor, wall colors, etc. are you seeing?

Hi there! As far as kitchen decor trends marble kitchen counter tops, wood cabinetry, different colored appliance, kitchen wallpaper, mix and match metals and appliance technology. The big trend in kitchens is incorporating technology.

I really hate stainless steel. Shows fingerprints, gets streaky. I have white appliances, including a new bottom-freezer refrigerator and a dishwasher. However, I would really like to exchange my current gas range for an inductive -topped one, and it seems they only come in stainless. Are you aware of any brands that come in white? Or even a fun color - green, red, navy - that would look good with white?

Hi there. Yes, a lot more kitchen brands are exploring colored appliances, from high-end to box store bought. Viking, True, Hallman, Smeg, GE Cafe, Kenmore, Kitchenaid. It's inspiring to see brands branching out into a more colorful kitchen world. Good luck in your search!

Thanks Carrie. Next week we will have George Oliphant, host of NBC's George to the Rescue who is headlining the Feb 21-23 Capital Remodel & Garden Show.

Thank you so much for spending this raining morning with me here in New Jersey it was a pleasure. If you have any further questions or would like to stay in touch you can find me on Instagram @Carrie_Locklyn 

And don't forget to tune into HGTV this Sunday 9pm EST for the premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Have a wonderful day.

Carrie Locklyn

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Jura Koncius is a Washington Post staff writer who specializes in home and design. Read her daily Twitter feed @jurakoncius for the latest in decorating trends, shopping, decluttering and organizing.

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