When it comes to designing, I will never be a fan of anything ordinary or the norm because I see it as dull or lacking interest. Moreover, speaking of something that is not ordinary is exposed duct-work (exposed pipes). Now, this is an architectural detail that I fell in love with at first sight. I remember when duct-work (exposed pipes) was a no-no as far as being seen. When I first acknowledged this for myself, I was impressed and blown away by the look. Whether residential or commercial, structures featuring this type of detail have always been considered amazingly beautiful to me. In this post, I am addressing residential only. However, exposed duct-work (exposed pipes) adds personality and character as well as creates 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 magnificent architectural feature when dealing with layouts to make them become a part of the overall interior.

Now that this fantastic architectural detail is now a significant part of interiors, it does not only have to perform great, but it can also look aesthetically amazing! In stating my opinion, I will never see this type of detail as an eyesore because it can play a significant role, and therefore can now be seen throughout as part of the home. So, remember, whether using copper or steel pipes to make a compelling statement or bold colored pipes to stand out in an interior, there are unlimited ways to make exposed pipes super chic in any space.

Oh, and by the way, what I love so much about exposed duct-work (exposed pipes) is that it does not matter if one is going for industrial, modern, contemporary, or another style, by adding what I always call the perfect architectural detailing can make a world of difference within any space.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!