For anyone who does not know how I honestly feel about color, let me break it down about my crazed obsession. I can remember as a young child fascinated and inspired by Play Dough and Crayola Crayons. Even to this day, both displayed in my office as a reminder of inspiration and how each had a significant influence on me as a child. The bright colors intrigued me tremendously, and even though I deal with color daily, I am always in Awe of how it can transform a room entirely. So, being obsessed with color isn’t new to me, and this is one of the main reasons why I love splashing it throughout when designing. However, when a client who might be a little intimidated with using color, and seek color consulting, I am all game.
Moreover, there are two crucial factors that I like to make sure a client understands when dealing with an extraordinarily bold or vibrant color. Each is discussed in detail with the client during the color consultation.
1) Once applied, the overall effect it will have within the room as well as other elements such as decorative objects, furniture, patterns, textures, finishes, natural and artificial light, along with other details.
2) The psychological state when it comes to each occupant.
First and foremost, one of my favorite ways that I like using color, whether bold, muted or vibrant is by utilizing a backdrop. In doing this, each element within the room becomes a part of a solid foundation, which will complete the space and bring everything together cohesively. Second, having color in a room creates drama and an immediate wow factor. Now, here comes the fun part. Finally, when I meet a client, who is afraid of using these types of colors but is willing to experiment for the first time, I am overly excited for the privileged to show them how vital having color can make any room come alive.
Design Project: Creek Shoals Residence: Subtle Accent Wall Splashed with Color
Project Goal: Client felt intimated with color but was looking to add an accent wall. We both decided on a more toned-down color that would be warm and inviting, create a contrast with the existing wall color, but overall would add a wow factor to the room.
Project Outcome: The client was beyond pleased with how the color transformed her Sitting Room. Much so, I acquired two other design projects within her home, and both dealt with color.
Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC
Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons
There is nothing like an accent wall to pull a room together. However, in this room, the most substantial wall is used as a backdrop to impact the overall interior. With the fireplace on the opposite side of the window, the drapery was hung high and gave a genuine feeling of balance. The addition of unique decorative objects and an area rug was put in place to pull the space together.
IMAGES: All images taken by Kimberly C. Lyons and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.