The Decorologist

Kristie Barnett holds a masters degree in psychology and a specialist degree in education. After working in the field of educational psychology for a decade, she changed course and found her calling in recognizing the potential in unappreciated real estate and casting a vision for the clients with whom she now partners. 

Kristie is an award-winning expert in Residential Paint Color, Staging, & Decoration. She authors a popular design blog, The Decorologist®, where she inspires and teaches her readers how to create the homes they have always dreamed of. Kristie works with both local clients in the Nashville area and online clients throughout the country. 

Recent awards include Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) 2014 Top 10 Redesigns of the Year, RESA 2013 Occupied Staging of the Year North America, Winner of Benjamin Moore/Olioboard’s 2013 Color Trends Design Contest, 2013 & 2014 Best of Houzz Awards, 2012 & 2013 Greater Nashville House & Home Reader’s Favorite Award for Staging, 2012 StyleBlueprint’s Top 10 Design Blogs, and 2012 Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville Award. 

Kristie is a contributing writer for Everyday Home Magazine and The Tennessean newspaper, and she previously wrote for the top home design website, Her articles and designs have been featured in numerous design and news publications and outlets including Romantic Homes, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, ABCNews, and Kristie teaches classes and workshops on paint color, decorating, and home staging, and donates her time and talent to multiple charitable organizations.



MA in Psychology
Ed.S in Education
Expert Psychological Stager™ (EPS)
Property Staging Consultant (PSC)
Sherwin Williams Certified Color Consultant (CSPI)
Sherwin Williams Professional Advisory Board
Benjamin Moore Professional Advisory Board
Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) member
True Color Expert Certification (TCE) 


2014 RESA Top 10 Redesigns
2013 RESA Best Occupied Staging - North America
Benjamin Moore/Olioboard 2013 Color Trends
Design Contest winner
Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction 2013 & 2014
Nashville Scene’s 2012 Best of Nashville
Greater Nashville House & Home 2012 & 2013 Readers’ Favorite 

What I Learned About Design Trends at the Event

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Should the Sidelights Match the Front Door or Match the Trim?

I did a paint consultation on Monday for a front door of a couple who live in Washington state. The current color of the front door is red, and I chose two better options for them to consider. Below is the before: before Besides choosing a front door color, I offered my advice about the […] ...more

Everything But the House – The Secret is Out

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The Big Crazy Green Rug in My Living Room and Welcome Mat Winners

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The Green I Would Have Chosen Instead – Benjamin Moore’s 2015 Color of the Year

Benjamin Moore announced their 2015 Color of the Year, Guilford Green HC-116. ...more

The 3 Questions You’ve Been Asking About the Expert Psychological Staging™ Course

Many of you have asked questions about the Expert Psychological Staging™ (EPS) certification course that I am offering January 29, 30, 31, 2015. ...more

I’m a Rug Designer – Who Knew???

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How to Style Your Bookcases with HomeGoods

One of my clients recently moved into a new home with tons of bookcases. ...more

Consider Black Windows and Doors To Punctuate Your Color Palette

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Exterior Paint Colors – Painting the Body and Trim the Same Color

I always say that the proper paint color placement is as important as the actual paint colors you choose, in both interior and exterior applications. ...more