Ask an Expert: Jillian Harris

This week Jillian answers your questions about adding a vintage touch to your kitchen

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Window Treatments

Q: Hi Jillian, ­I absolutely adore you and your style!! i just redid my kitchen in wood floors, white cabinets and carrera marble: v. fresh and natural… but I am stuck on window treatment. I just can’t seem to find a window treatment I like that will fit the simplicity I’m looking for, but in the afternoons, the light is really too much. I would love to do something kind of rustic and old-­timey, but everything seems too stuffy or outdated… any tips on where to look for creative sun solutions? -Colleen-

A: Colleen, Thank You for your question! I love the materials and color combination you’ve chosen for your kitchen. That mix is a classic that will stay fresh and chic forever. I agree with you that simplicity would be best! So my suggestion is to incorporate plantation shutters in the same color/tone of your cabinets. Shutters have an old-­timey/vintagy clean look without looking outdated.

Vintage Themed Kitchen
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Vintage Color Schemes

Q: Hi Jillian, I have a 1940′s house and want to keep its charm. But I’m not sure what 1940′s style really is! Are the specific colors I should use in my kitchen? Any light fixtures that I can get? Help! -Michelle-

A: Michelle, A 1940′s house!!! Lucky you!!!In the 40′s people were not afraid of color in the kitchen. Pink and mint green were often seen all over cabinets and appliances. But I imagine you don’t want a museum in your home, so in my opinion you should only incorporate some “vintage” features to keep its charm: open shelves, apron front farmhouse sink, a retro stove.

Quick Design Tips

Q: Hi Jillian! I would love to have a more vintage feel to my kitchen , but trying to do a big redecorating effort is just too overwhelming. Are there some small projects I can do to add a vintage feel to my kitchen? -Maddison Rose-

A: I actually thoroughly enjoy refreshing a space. A paint job is one way, but with cabinets, painting is still quite a big job. Even doing something minimal like replacing all the pulls and handles can do wonders!!! It is harder to find multiples of antique hardware, so in this case going with antique reproduction could be your easiest/safest way.

Kitchen Hardware
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Wood Floors in the Kitchen

Q:Jillian! I have a small kitchen. Love everything vintage. Do you think a bakers rack or a ceiling rack for pots and pans would look nice. I now have a rolling cart. Do you think wooden floors is practical in the kitchen? I have vinyl now and desperately want dark wood to make it look cozy. Love your show and website. Thank you in advance!-Christel-

A: Christel, It really depends on how small your kitchen is. I love a bakers rack too, but I would opt out if it is going to make the space feel cramped. The practicality of hardwood floors in the kitchen is debatable, but it looks great and I’ve never held back. My suggestion: Go for it!

Hardwood Kitchen Floors

Vintage Countertops

Q: Hey Jillian! We are renovating a 50′s bungalow rental in Florida. It’s very “madmen” meets beach house. We can only afford a pull and replace kitchen and the cabinets will be painted white. I need a countertop suggestion that will work with this open concept space including the pink marble floors.

A: Pink marble floors! How sophisticated! I would go with an all white combo by pairing white cabinets with matching white caesarstone countertops . And going a bit further, I would suggest you save for gold/brass fixtures!!! That could look fabulous!

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Jillian Harris
Jillian Harris first charmed audiences with her irrepressible humor and emotional honesty on ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Most recently she joined the fan favorite, on W Network and HGTV, Love It or List It Vancouver as a cohost. Having previously hosted HGTV’s Canada's Handyman Challenge and having worked as a designer on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, co-hosting Love It or List It Vancouver is a natural fit for Jillian. On the show she dazzles with her crisp, beautiful aesthetic and design magic Jillian also jets between the U.S. and Canada to run her interior design firm Jillian Harris Design.