We’re winding up our look at top designers for Black History Month with Season 2 HGTV Design Star contestant, Will Smith. Smith, an Associate Member of the Interior Design Society, has seen his business boom since appearing on Design Star. His Charlotte, NC, design firm, Interior Motives, is a full-service firm that strives to help clients find their personal style. Read on to see what Will has to say about his favorite projects and personal style.
Which African-American designers influenced you?
Preston Bailey – I love the over-the-top look that he creates for special events.
What’s your favorite design style?
My favorite design style is one that I call “warm contemporary.” It’s a style that pairs modern, clean-lined elements with warm, rich colors and accessories. It takes the cold out of contemporary design.
What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
One design element that I love to use is mirrors because they can create depth, light and illusion. I also am fond of over-scaled art and accessories.
Smith’s “warm contemporary” style
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot would be at my home in Charlotte doing absolutely nothing at all. Ahh, how peaceful…. Next to that, I would say Hawaii.
Show us a picture of the room you most enjoyed designing and tell us why you love it.
I really enjoyed designing this dry cleaner because it was in an up-and-coming part of town and it had great elements, such as the high windows, beamed ceilings and brick interior walls. The client also allowed me to be creative and that’s always fun.
Will’s favorite room — a funky dry cleaner
Find out what else Will’s been up to since HGTV Design Star.