When I hear conversations on how industrial design has become popular in the past couple of years or so, there is no need to waste my energy to explain how I feel. Whoever uttered such a topic, probably had a fear of not being able to grasp such a unique style when it officially arrived. However, it is okay because sometimes it takes some much longer than others to process and see certain things for what they truly represent. On the other hand – OMG; I was like – I want, I want, I want, I love, I love, and I love – just like a kid in a toy store. The impact that I felt as far as the overall style and look, it was beyond transcending. With the characteristics of old-world charm and sleekness, it reminds me of my favorite style, which is modern.

As a designer, I choose not to base the industrial look only on lofts with over-sized open windows, exposed brick, and duck work because even without the most dominant intricate details such as these, any room can have a dose of this unique style. With that said, when choosing the perfect color palette, industrial design is not only about using neutrals. Remember, great design is about going outside the box, and personally, as a chick who loves going to the extreme, I would opt for a dominant color or two for the interior walls, and use a combination of semi-dominant colors, such as yellows, blues, and a splash of purple for specific objects within the room.

I adore the openness, mixture of wood and metal furniture, and industrial accessories, which can help to create the feel of a turn-of-the-century factory. OMG, and there is nothing like featuring the perfect lighting with Edison bulbs – these are a definite must-have to incorporate when adding the ideal details for the industrial look.

Design Tip: Distressed leather, vintage photographs, along with anything that looks from that period will work because after all, it is always about creating an industrial style of your own.


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.