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Ask Bobby: Answering Your Design Questions On Pairing Bedroom Furniture, Kitchen Backsplashes & Where To Start In A New Space

Design: Studio McGee

 What would Bobby do in your space? You’re about to find out, as he answers even more of your most pressing design questions. From small spaces to big issues, we’re giving you the expert advice that you asked for

Today, Bobby answers your questions about pairing your bedroom furniture, choosing a kitchen backsplash & where to start in a new space.


Keep scrolling to read his best advice (and be sure to leave a comment if you have a question about your home).



See even more of Bobby’s best design advice HERE.

Q: What’s a good choice for a timeless yet interesting backsplash for an otherwise all-white kitchen? (Something more affordable than quartz slab!)



A: For an option that will definitely add interest, I love the look and feel of a zellige tile. It’s a handmade and hand-glazed tile with a glossy finish, giving it a variation in tone and the durability to work well for a backsplash. A 4″x 4″ size is a more on-trend choice (I chose this option for the backsplash at our new office) but a 2″x 6″ brick will always look great. Especially in an all-white kitchen, this tile will add so much character and dimension, no matter what color you go with (and be much more affordable than stone).


See more options for adding interest with tile HERE

Q: Can you mix woods for furniture in (a) bedroom? I have a dark walnut dresser and wondering if my nightstands need to match?



A: Absolutely! In fact, I always recommend mixing up materials when pairing your bedroom furniture. A mix and match approach will feel a lot more unique (and interesting) than a matching bedroom set. When pairing wood tones, you always want to think about creating contrast. Woods that are similar, but not quite the same color, tend to look a design mistake when placed together. So instead, try pairing lighter and darker together, whether it’s brown, grey whitewashed, ebony, or any type of finish. For a walnut dresser, I would recommend nightstands in medium oak or black, both of which are distinctly different and provide plenty of contrast.



Check out some foolproof bedroom pairing HERE.

Design: Studio McGee

Q: My partner and I just moved into a new space and we struggle a lot with where to begin. So my question is, in what room or in what way do we begin designing our space?



A: A brand new space can definitely be daunting. So I recommend starting by thinking about your space and where you will spend the most time. (Usually the living room, kitchen, or bedroom.) This is where you will want to begin your design process – in a room that’s going to get a lot of use. If you have existing pieces, review them all and decide what you love and what you may want to replace. Then start to compile options for paint colors, furniture, lighting – all the components of the room. You’ll want to focus on finding the larger pieces first, as they will serve as the foundation for the room. Also, keep in mind that design is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time for a room to really come together, so don’t feel the need to rush into any purchases. Seek out items you really love, and your space will feel like a true reflection of you.


Check out Bobby’s 8 Essential Tips for A Well Designed Home. 


  1. I love your design transformations on QE.
    How would you approach remodeling a tiny galley kitchen? My 1905 house has an original upper cupboard with leaded glass in the doors. It’s a keeper. Everything else can be changed. I’m not sure where to start.

    1. I would start by thinking about the layout. Does the existing placement of the sink, range, and fridge work for you? If not, you may want to consider updating to a more functional flow. If you’re keeping your glass cabinets, consider options for counters, tile, and flooring that would work with them, and build your design from there. Thanks for your comment! xx -B

  2. I love colour! My question is about paint. How do I corporate colour with grace and elegance without it feeling overwhelming? I definitely don’t want a white, beige or grey scale house. Thank you Love, love, love the QE show🎉 My daughters and I watch all the time. It helps us see & learn people are best being what they love. Thank you for the many life lessons! To all five of you BAKTJ

  3. Hello, if anyone could tell me where are those bar stools from? They are absolutely gorgeous and would be perfect for my kitchen. TIA.

    1. That kitchen was designed by Studio Mcgee, so I don’t have the exact info on the counter stools. You can shop a similar option here. xx -B