When dealing with clients who are opposed to having all the interior walls within their space painted, the decision to define a dominant focal wall can be just as explosive. With this design project, the client was not comfortable with painting all the walls in her family room, but she knew that she wanted to make a statement with color. I always get overly excited by the thought of painting with such an exceptional finish. With that said, it is still about what the client envisions for their home. As a designer, my job is to make sure every client's vision for their home is in place. Not only aesthetically pleasing and functional but meets all the client's needs.

Quick notation: The client was leaning towards orange and did not want it too bright or too dark. In knowing this, I made sure that I picked a little from both. The room would still be open, inviting, and warm. Regardless, whether working with a simple or a complicated color palette, I am passionate about making sure that it works more than just great in a room – it must bring the entire space together cohesively, and the atmosphere must evoke that it is a precise fit. However, after the focal wall, which is considered a backdrop for the entire space was in place, it was time to make sure that all elements fit perfectly like a puzzle.

Moreover, I am always impressed when existing furniture can be easily revamped by adding simple details. The client’s new furniture arrangement helps with easy maneuvering throughout the space. The custom bookshelves, which displays objects purchased during the client’s military travels, gave way to ample intricate details. Also, the additional splashes of color are by incorporating accent pillows, window coverings, area rug, and decorative objects that work perfectly with the newly designed space.

Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC

Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons

Design Project: Creek Shoals Residence - Defined Focal Wall

Project Goal: Incorporate a dominant wall / exclude wall with TV and fireplace

Project Outcome: Warm and Inviting Family Room

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founder and principal interior designer of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio). She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to be known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges that she is a rare breed, and enjoys splashing her signature touch throughout when designing.

However, she is incredibly obsessed with extremely bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules. The motivating words – I dare you – keeps her motivated and overcharged. Her 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!

Besides being a crazed football chick who is also addicted to chocolate, Kimberly is a global traveler who adores modernism and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

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