KCL-IDESIGN, LLC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: RADIANT RED

RED adaptable, statement-making, dramatic, and definite traffic stopper. In giving my opinion, I do believe that sometimes a well-designed space can be created when there is a need to go outside the box of what is commonly known as good design!

I'm obsessed with red – it is my favorite color before yellow, which is my second favorite color. With that said, I tend to hear much talk about how it takes courage to use a decorative coating or wallpaper in the boldest shades such as red. I can't entirely agree. For me, it is genuinely about using the correct amount. Not having enough will not give way to an immediate statement and too much for someone who is not sure about such a bold color can become a bit overwhelmed. Even though most people associate red as the color of passion, to me – it screams drama and is the perfect accent for not so bright colors.

When we built our house, I knew beforehand that I was going to combine this radiant and enticing color with something extraordinary, and that is what I did. However, I will reveal that room later. Moreover, with so many shades of red, which can go with any style, it would be darn near impossible not to create some major drama. As a designer, I block out all negative criticism such as – red is not for the faint of heart or do not use red in a dining room. Really? I never get hyped about design trends because I know they will fade over time, and return. So, when choosing a shade of red to incorporate, trust, and believe – anything is possible with a creative mindset.

Design Tip: Red does not have to be the dominant color within a room or used on all interior walls. It can become a dramatic focal point when used as an accent wall. Also, it is a great choice to warm up large areas. It can be used with neutrals for enhancement or combine with gold to create a decadent effect.

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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.

KCL-IDESIGN, LLC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: INVITING LIVING ROOMS

‘Aesthetically pleasing interiors that are well-designed to me are always inviting’ – Kimberly C. Lyons

With interiors that have a spacious floor plan, I tend to find them open, as well as inviting. It is as if a cohesive vibe flows throughout because there are not as many interior walls in place to break up the overall space. I genuinely enjoy being able to lounge in one room and see the fantastic view of another. Awe, the feeling of being surrounded by well-designed interiors is why I enjoy designing them. Hey, what can I say? It is the designer in me!

With that said, when I see an attractive interior with a specific color palette, unique decorative objects, statement-making architectural details, along with the necessity of furnishing, flooring, lighting, and the correct elements and principles of design in place, to me, they are more pleasing to my eyes. I am passionate about making sure everything within a space is considered a complement to the other. However, above all, there must be a real purpose behind the designed room and much-needed functionality as well.

The interiors below are not only inviting but detailed. There are character and appeal, which makes each space overwhelmingly stylish. Moreover, I am crazy obsessed when color is incorporated. Furthermore, the view from different directions is what makes the rooms open, as well as inviting.

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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.

KCL-IDESIGN, LLC DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: CREATIVE SOUL

KCL-IDESIGN, LLC Design Philosophy: As a designer, I have many views when it comes to a design philosophy, but the one that I cherish the most is – ‘Having a deep understanding that the not so beautiful objects or spaces can become reinvented by way of an individual with a creative soul’ – Kimberly C. Lyons.

When it comes to reinventing furniture, my view on how to reinvent are unlimited, and once my creative juices start to flow, the possibilities are beyond endless. However, I never take my gift for granted, which is from the original and first designer himself – God. I do know and understand that he designed everything, and yes, I mean everything! I do thank him daily for giving me an unsurpassable gift that I continually use to not only transform spaces but to reinvent whatever comes in my path that needs a little love and tender care. Moreover, even though my job is primarily to create and design beautiful spaces, I do understand that the not so beautiful objects can be reinvented to show that regardless of time, which can bring drastic change, but also to acknowledge that the outward appearance can become renewed again.

‘Run-down, old, and unsightly furnishings or decorative objects that were once new, yes, the forgotten pieces, I am always inspired and honored to reinvent’ – Kimberly C. Lyons.

So, when I came across this accent chair, which I know at some point was once sitting stylish and taking center stage somewhere, I became determined to do a complete face-lift. Also, from the first sight, I felt that it was my duty to change the overall appearance. The transformation came by way of a pale decorative coating and dominant fabric that would give a completely different look.

1. Yikes – I found the paint and fabric. It was so fun and exciting!

2. Dismantled and thoroughly cleaned

3. Re-tightened chair frame

4. Recovered worn-out seat

5. Transformation complete

Design Tip: Get creative when choosing the perfect paint color (finish). The Reinvented Accent Chair was a project done for The Habitat for Humanity Restore, and therefore, I used a decorative coating that was mixed wrong from a local paint store and donated.

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Woo-hoo! My goal was to change the characteristics of the chair and create a subtle contrast that would still have a wow factor. I think I achieved what I set out to accomplish, and the result is beyond amazing!

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IMAGES: Photos taken by Kimberly C. Lyons are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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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.