DETAILED AND DOMINANT: STATEMENT-MAKING ACCENT CHAIRS

When it comes to detailed, dominant, and statement-making pieces, accent chairs are first on my list. Here is why? Imagine a too-neutral room that has no enhancement, nothing that gives way to a unique wow factor, and not an ounce of color – just blah! However, by incorporating one or two bold and daring accent chairs, this can create a contrast and focus, which will enhance the overall room. Also, not only will it add the necessary character and appeal, but it will become the perfect complement to all objects within the space.

It is truly beyond amazing to see how an additional piece, as with a chair, can instantly transform a room and the original color palette. Trust me – it will change the entire vibe and atmosphere.

Moreover, it is not shocking at all because these beauties are always making headlines when it comes to decor. I love to use them as a solution in an awkward corner, perched by a fireplace, or symmetrically as a pair because I know that when decorating with this type of accent piece, the possibilities are endless. Whether swivel, tub, barrel, slipper, wing-back, or a host of other uniquely designed accent chairs, the different styles, pattern, texture, form, shape, or extreme color is where the drama will play a significant role. I tend to incorporate them throughout my home, and when I am transforming spaces for clients.

Design Tip: Accent chairs can be in any room, and please do not forget about specific areas such as foyers, hallways, and bathrooms because this is where the style should genuinely become enforced.

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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captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and lives for going outside the box and breaking outdated design rules.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.

A DESIGNER'S STYLE: DETAILED DINING ROOM

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.


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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.

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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!

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IMAGES: Images taken by Apollos Bow Photography and 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.

STYLE GUIDE: FEATURING INDUSTRIAL DESIGN

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.

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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.