INTERIOR DESIGNER: Kimberly C. Lyons
ENHANCED AREA: Dining Room
DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: My home's style says a lot about who I am, and therefore, the design is always an honest, authentic, and accurate reflection of who occupies the space.
Before Photo: Dining Room
Okay, by now whomever I have encountered over the years, should already know that my actual DNA is a mixture of extreme bold colors. However, it is hilarious because when I am in a discussion dealing with this extraordinary element; of course, I get asked on how I feel about neutral or white color palettes? In my defense, I have designed a lot of them, and besides as a designer, if I am dealing with a client that has no desire for anything extreme when dealing with color, it is my job to make sure that I give them precisely what they envision for their home. What can I say? It is my job, and I am damn good at it. Moreover, I do post about interiors that are neutral because as a designer I cater to all, and I do understand that everyone is not like me – Kimberly C. Lyons, who could not live in a house that is not screaming some major drama!
Furthermore, since I deal with a variety of clients, I do understand why I cannot post only about bold interiors. So, I started A DESIGNER’S STYLE, which gives a more detailed look at who I am as a designer and the reality behind my authentic and personal interior surroundings, and most importantly how I live with dominant colors. I have posted several different areas within my home, but I must say that I do love my dining room. I think I mentioned in an old post, where I stated that I get overly excited when I have a project that deals with dining rooms because it is one of my favorite areas to transform.
With that said, when I applied the paint to all the interior walls, and the ceiling, which I did lighter to create a slight variation, I didn’t feel an immediate statement as I walked past that room. Hmmm, something was still missing. So, I decided to hand paint acanthus leaves, and OMG, this was so beyond time-consuming, but as always, when I want something, I will not leave it alone until I have what I so desire. Now, with the backdrop complete, hardwood floors were installed, along with new lighting. Yikes, my vision was starting to come alive – finally! The intricate details came not only with the acanthus leaves, but a stylish rope detail is in place, which lines the top wainscoting. Also, where the wall ends, a tassel hangs freely to give way to a finished look.
Overall, with my dining room, I was looking for a noticeable contrast. I adore purple, as well as orange. So, it was such an easy decision to use both colors because they are so amazingly beautiful. After incorporating all the intricate details that completed the space, I am so beyond pleased with my colorful dining room.
Design Tip: When designing interior spaces, do not copy what is in the magazines or seen on television, go for the creative aspects that flow freely within your mind. Do not listen to what is necessarily considered a good or bad design. In my opinion, what is usually not seen makes for what I call great design!
IMAGES: Images taken by Apollos Bow Photography and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.