BEDROOM DESIGN: STATEMENT WALLS

Okay, first, let me start by addressing the fact that I am a crazy chick when it comes to statement walls. Regardless of what room a statement wall is displayed, they are so needed. In my case, the bedroom especially. However, when it comes to my bedroom, not just any statement wall will do. I need a dominant backdrop that will bring the entire space cohesively together. For me, the bedroom is considered my ultimate sanctuary. Once I open the door, everything that has weighed me down throughout the day such as hectic meetings, long day with clients, finishing up never-ending paperwork, or chasing after my two spoiled brats Stitch and Ace (Boston Terriers), whatever the case may be, it is all dropped and left outside. Once I close my bedroom door behind me and breathe, I relax and become at ease. My bedroom is my serene get-a-way space. When people say, the kitchen is the heart of the home; I cannot relate because, for me, my bedroom is the heart of my house. Also, for all the people who know me, they will agree because cooking is not my passion. So yes, I am laughing hysterically right about now. He-he!!!!

Check out the statement walls below. In asking hypothetically, if today is the day to make a change and add a statement wall in your bedroom, what would you incorporate to bring your space together cohesively? 

Also, remember a statement wall can be whatever your heart desire. So, get crazy creative with it!

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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! 

DESIGN PROJECT: PHASE 1 - THE RESERVE AT LAKE KEOWEE

It is another beautiful day at KCL-IDESIGN, LLC Interior Design Studio, and I must quickly add that I am all smiles as usual. So, here’s the scoop. I am currently involved with a design project that is exhausting most of my time in an extraordinarily good way. I have not had much time to post, which gives me a sad face :-(. However, my face quickly turns into a gigantic smile every time I realize the enjoyment and excitement this design project brings daily. The project that I am currently working on is a custom-built home, which is located at the beautiful Reserve at Lake Keowee in South Carolina. The homes throughout this community are enormous, detailed, amazingly designed, extremely beautiful and transcending.

Quick note: I was introduced to the client at a trade show, hired on the spot, and the rest is history. Also, the images below were taken during the breaking-ground phase. 

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With my involvement with the Lake Keowee project, I have had a blast selecting different materials and finishes and preparing for the exterior, which is turning out great! I am a little anxious though as I cannot wait until phase one is complete to see the stunning outcome. Moreover, I am eagerly waiting to dive in and splash my signature touch on the interior throughout the home as well. I look back at when I first met this fantastic client, and how we discussed many different styles as far as the exterior as well as the interior of the home.

However, through all the changes that have taken place so far, I am flattered that I have implemented what the client had trouble envisioning but were able to express in her own words. I took hold of her words, and in doing this, her vision is starting to evolve. To create what she could not envision at the time for her home, it is hilariously crazy because I am still giving myself a pat on the back because being a good listener is an essential asset for a designer because it helps make any clients dream to become a reality. Even though there is still a lot to accomplish, as this is a massive design project, the client and I are delighted with the outcome so far.

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The client is admiring what has been accomplished since breaking-ground so far. I promised her that I would not capture her in the image, but I could not resist. My client is beyond adorable.

I must say that there is nothing more important than giving a client exactly what they envision for their home. It is my job as an interior designer to make it become more than a reality. Even though there is still work to be completed on the exterior before designing the interior, I have enjoyed seeing the growth of the project through the ups and downs that can come with any design project, as well as with the different transformations that can take place to get to another phase. There has been a lot going on during the first design phase, but the positives have outweighed the negatives. With that said, I always say, sometimes you have to break some design rules to give the client exactly what they want. For me, breaking design rules is not only about being creative, but it is also about going beyond the call of design duty. It requires thinking outside of the box, which in my book makes for Great Design!

These massive stones were retrieved while digging. There is talk about creating an Eco-friendly waterfall.

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Oh, and by the way, do you see my interior design studio listed? Yes, that is my Interior Design Studio, and yikes, I am also the principal interior designer for this project! 

All images are the original property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC. 

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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! 

GUEST POST: 7 TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR ROOM WITH A RUG

A rug is an enhancer within a space. In other words, they can make a huge statement and complement the furnishings placed upon them as well as the decorative objects that occupy the space. However, trying to find the perfect rug for a specific room can sometimes become a hassle, especially if indecisiveness has already set in. To help make finding the ideal rug style for your rooms simple, check out "7 TIPS FOR STYLING YOUR ROOM WITH A RUG" written by Steph Clarke who is part of the content & community outreach team at LandofRugs.com. Steph is obsessed with interior design trends and how new technology influences design.

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·         Thinking about what you like in the design of the rug

Keep in mind what size your room is, and what furniture and colour you have, choose something you like that will fit in with the rest of the furnishings. Shop around with different colour and designs as prices are different, decide how much you want to spend on a rug, and if it will be right for your room.

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·         Size and Texture of the rug

This part depends on the size of your room, decide what would be the best size with what you already have in your room and measure very carefully. It is essential as you do not want a rug that looks too big or too small. So, keep this in mind when buying, choose patterns and colour that go with other items in the room.

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·         Carpet or vinyl on the floor

One point to consider is what do you have covering your room? If carpet or vinyl covering, choose a rug with colour that will fit in well. However, if a wooden floor then maybe a warm brown tone would be a good fit for your bedroom, but it needs to fit in with the other furnishings.

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·         Your style

What is essential to remember is that it is your choice and taste and should fit in with how you want the room to look. It is best to shop around before you buy so you can compare different designs. Many outlets and online stores have an excellent selection of vibrant colour and designs that you can match within your room.

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·         How will the rug be used in your room

Another good point to think about is the wear and tear; if you have children around, you can buy one with a soft texture that is still sturdy enough and safe for children to walk on if vinyl or wooden surface is on the floor. Easy to wash rugs are a good option if you have pets, so check cleaning instructions on the label before buying. Whether in-store or online always review the information that is on the site for the product.

·         Aftercare of your rug

Consider a rug that is easy to keep at its best; short pile rugs stay newer looking than a long pile, which can get untidy looking, a dark colour is suitable for the room can be wiped over because they do not show as much dirt. Machine washable is the best option if you have a very light rug. It is best to get a rug that is easy to keep.

·         Rug in overall placement of the room

Finally, think about what the design and texture and the thickness of the pile, do you think about the colour and practicality of your choice when purchasing a rug? Also, remember do you want to make the room look cozy, add brightness or bring out the contrast of the room with what you have put in the bedroom? If you choose carefully and wisely, you will have a rug that will look good for many years.

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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!