When it comes to interiors, I will never be a fan of anything ordinary or the norm because I see it as dull or lacking interest. However, a detail that is far from the normal, and that is exposed duct-work. I remember when this was considered an eyesore, and a no-no as far as being seen. OMG – for me, it was love at first sight. I was impressed and blown away by the look. Whether residential or commercial, it has always been considered amazingly beautiful! With that said, this is the perfect focal point that can add personality, character, and create a unique wow factor.

It should not be unexposed behind walls and in crawl spaces. There are way too many smart and creative design solutions that can be done with such a great architectural detail when dealing with layouts to make it become a part of the overall interior. Also, exposed duct-work has become a significant part of interiors, and it does not only have to perform great, but it can also look aesthetically amazing! So, whether using copper or steel pipes to make a compelling statement or bold colored pipes to stand out in an interior, there are countless ways to make exposed duck-work super chic in any space.

Keep in mind: It does not matter if one is going for industrial, modern, contemporary, transitional, or another style, by adding what I always call the perfect architectural detail can make a world of difference within any space.


Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed passion for interior design comes from a deeply rooted philosophy, which is designing from within; from the soul, and it is always about living, breathing, and loving interior design!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.