‘Queer Eye’ star Bobby Berk on how to brighten your home

In Sanctuaries, a new CNN Style series, top experts share interior design tips for creating calming and inspirational home spaces.

Tending to your home is an often forgotten form of self-care. Few people know this better than Bobby Berk, the interior designer who typically makes over an entire house under a tight deadline on the hit Netflix show “Queer Eye.”

As a member of the “Fab Five,” Berk is charged with making people feel good through design. But he wasn’t feeling particularly at ease last week as he packed up his belongings in an Airbnb in Austin, Texas.

“There’s clutter all over this room and I’m not zen,” said Berk with a laugh. “There’s nothing normal in our lives right now.”

Berk and his castmates were in Texas to film the series’ sixth season, before stay-at-home restrictions around the country forced production to pause.

While the host is used to

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Design tricks to brighten up a dark room

March 23, 2020 | 6:57 PM

by Courtesy of Articlecity

Living in a space where most of the rooms are dark and gloomy can be depressing. Luckily, there are some design tricks that can make almost any space look brighter.

1. Start with lighting

Okay, this tip seems far too obvious, but interior designers note that many times, people simply aren’t optimising their lighting. Sometimes, easy adjustments can make a big difference. Changes you can make include using higher wattage lightbulbs, keeping your glass lights dust-free, and switching out your recessed lightbulbs for LED versions. Not only are LED lights brighter, but they’ll also save energy and lower your power bill.

In your kitchen or bathroom, you can also add recessed lighting under cabinets to create a warm light that will give the room a cosy feel. Edison bulbs also add extra light while creating an interesting effect that gives

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