SIMPLE ROOM DESIGN: DEFINED FOCAL WALL

When dealing with clients who are opposed to having all the interior walls within their space painted, the decision to define a dominant focal wall can be just as explosive. With this design project, the client was not comfortable with painting all the walls in her family room, but she knew that she wanted to make a statement with color. Even though I get overly excited just by the thought of painting with this exceptional finish, at the end of the day, it is always about what the client envisions for their home. With that said, as a designer, my job is to make sure that what clients envision for their home is put in place. Not only aesthetically pleasing and functional but meets all the client's needs.

Quick notation: The client was leaning towards orange and did not want it too bright or too dark. In knowing this, I made sure that I picked a little from both. The room would still be open, inviting, and warm. Regardless, whether working with a simple or a complicated color palette, I am passionate about making sure that it works more than just great in a room – it must bring the entire space together cohesively, and the atmosphere must evoke that it is a precise fit. However, after the focal wall, which is considered a backdrop for the entire space was in place, it was time to make sure that all elements fit perfectly like a puzzle.

Moreover, I am always impressed when existing furniture can be easily revamped by adding simple details. The client’s new furniture arrangement helps with easy maneuvering throughout the space. The custom bookshelves, which displays objects purchased during the client’s military travels, gave way to ample intricate details. Also, the additional splashes of color are by incorporating accent pillows, window coverings, area rug, and decorative objects that work perfectly with the newly designed space.

Design Project: Creek Shoals Residence – Defined Focal Wall

Project Goal: Incorporate a dominant wall / exclude wall with TV and fireplace

Project Outcome: Warm and Inviting Family Room

Interior Design Studio: KCL-IDESIGN, LLC

Principal Interior Designer: Kimberly C. Lyons

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IMAGES: Photos taken by Inspiro 8 Studios and are the sole property of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

A DESIGNER'S HEED: STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.

INTERIOR INSPIRATION: POWDER ROOM NECESSITIES

Anyone who knows me understands that when it comes to dealing with color, more is always better. So, with that said, I frequently see a lot of small rooms, such as a powder room neglected and inadequately designed with no color - period! However, last week, I posted on how I turned my small powder room into a definite wow factor. Regardless, if it is a small area, I always feel that it still should be styled to become part of the home. Powder rooms have been around forever and are generally used by guests, which I do keep in mind when they are part of a design project. Moreover, there are four main factors that I like to see within this type of space, and this does not include the toilet because that is a must – but a great backdrop, lighting, mirror, and sink. I do not mean just any backdrop, lighting, mirror or sink, but something beyond extraordinarily transcending.

Even though modernism will always be at the center of my heart, and I have seen some of the most fantastically designed modern powder rooms, I tend to seek out to see how other styles can incorporate over-the-top intricate detailing. I must say, from all the guests that have been in and out of my bold and dominant powder room, especially during Holidays, it is always the talk of many conversations during those times. One of the main reasons why I decided to incorporate a variety of different colors is because when I get ready to revamp, which is coming soon, I will not have to spend much time searching out a varied color palette.

Design Tip: When working with a powder room, before designing, make sure that there is a solid backdrop (interior walls, specific flooring, and ceiling) in place. In doing this, when it is time for a revamp, the foundation for the design will be in place, and it will only require switching out the decorative objects.

Different styles can fall under these four categories: Classic, Contemporary, Eclectic, or Modern. Also, even though minimal, global, glam, preppy, coastal, and farmhouse is not in the images below, they can easily be incorporated to create a beautifully designed powder room.

1. Victorian

2. Modern

3. Mediterranean

4. Contemporary

5. Southwestern

6. Mid-century

7. Eclectic

8. Rustic

9. Transitional

10. Scandinavian

11. Traditional

12. Beach Style

13. Asian

14. Industrial

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Kimberly C. Lyons is the founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Studio), and the Principal Designer. She has been slaying interiors since forever and refuses to partake of what is known as the norm when transforming spaces. With an intense passion for incorporating a wow factor to anything ordinary, Kimberly acknowledges, that she is recognized as a rare breed while splashing her signature touch when designing, which is considered extremely fun and exciting! However, besides being incredibly obsessed with extreme bold colors, captivating art, unique decorative objects, modern architecture, and the motivating phrase – “I dare you,” this overcharged and crazed interior designer lives for going outside the box and is not afraid to break irrelevant design rules. Her extraordinary obsessed 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!

Kimberly is addicted to chocolate, obsessed shopaholic, laughs hysterically just because, global traveler, football-crazed chick, head-over-heels in love with modernism, and is always inspired by the not so beautiful objects.

Lives accordingly by her motto: I live – breathe – love interior design.