Meet the color and Design Experts

Rob Hellander

Rob Hellander

Rob Hellander is Behr’s resident interior designer who wears many hats for the company: managing photo shoots, color consultant, set designer and creative manager. A lifelong passion for color and creating beautiful spaces has brought his design work to a national and even international audience. When not remodeling the Behr corporate offices, he is pursuing his love of adventure by globetrotting to exotic locations, or local exploration with his two beloved pups in tow.

Design Tips for an Eclectic Room:

  1. Shaded or muted tones work well as a neutral base color for a room (if you are afraid of color).
  2. Use a total of four colors in your room, including wall color (one wall color and two to three colors for furnishings/accessories).
  3. Don’t be afraid of "too much." Eclectic style is known for incorporating a lot of decorative objects, which make interiors look casual and personal. Be creative and add a personal touch – use your DIY projects, souvenirs from your travels and groups of artwork.

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Brittany Watson Jepsen

Brittany Watson Jepsen

Brittany Watson Jepsen is the founder and creative director of The House that Lars Built, a whimsical craft and design lifestyle blog focused on artful living. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, "Today Show," Vogue and CNN. Her book, "Craft the Rainbow," came out on April 24, 2018 with Abrams.

Design Tips:

  1. Pick your inspiration. One of my favorite parts of Mexico was the work of architect Luis Barragan. He's a master of using light and colors for high impact. Usually his spaces are wide and expansive, so here the challenge was to use color blocking in a tiny space. We designed a compacted version by creating rectangles of colors that extended from the walls to the ceilings and had the colors meet at various planes. The result we wanted was a high-impact statement to a room that otherwise wouldn't get much attention.
  2. Pick your palette. Picking the right color palette for your space is crucial. Success depends on your lighting, space size, texture and feel. Here, we wanted each color to stand out but also be cohesive, so we decided to go with one of our favorite palettes of the moment: forest green, marsala, coral pink and mustard yellow.
  3. Don’t be afraid to change your colors around. Once you’ve picked your palette, don’t be afraid to change the arrangement on the wall! We wanted the interaction of the colors to pack a punch and sometimes that changes from your vision to your actual wall. We taped each rectangle in the arrangement we wanted and then put some samples up. Once we saw how the light in the room and how it interacted with each color we knew we had to switch some colors around.

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Bre Bertolini

Bre Bertolini

Bre Bertolini runs the blog Brepurposed, where she shares her love of design and DIY. She blends vintage and modern décor to achieve a casual and livable vibe in her home. While renovating her own home, she inspires others with easy and high-end DIY projects, and encourages them to enjoy the process of turning a house into a home.

Design Tips for Defining Your Style:

  1. Be patient and let things evolve over time. This is probably the hardest thing to do because everyone wants their home to be “done” right away. But creating a beautiful space that truly represents you and your family isn’t going to happen overnight. Don’t be afraid to try different things and send them back when they don’t feel right. Give yourself time to figure out what you truly love and only bring those pieces into your home.
  2. Don’t follow all the trends. It’s easy to get caught up in whatever design craze is happening at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you have to join in. If you love it, by all means, do it. But if you’re just doing it because everyone else is, then chances are it won’t really work or feel right in your home.
  3. This might sound contradictory, but another tip for defining your style is to NOT define it. This is a hard thing for anyone to do because usually there are so many different styles they like. And that’s totally fine. I still don’t really know what my style is, but I know what elements of style I like. If you try to define it, then you make yourself feel like you have to stick within that look. Mixing styles is where all the fun is!

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