ARCHITECTURAL DETAILING: EXPOSED DUCTWORK

When it comes to designing normal spaces, I will never be a fan. In fact, I have always seen normal as rather boring. However, speaking about something that is definitely not the norm, I can remember when ductwork was a no-no as far as being exposed. When I first saw this for myself, I was literally blown away by the look. Whether residential or commercial, structures featuring exposed ductwork has always been considered a bonus for me. In this particular post, I am addressing residential only. Exposed ductwork adds personality and character as well as creates a unique wow factor. It’s no longer hidden behind walls and in crawl spaces, because there are way too many clever and creative design solutions that can be done to exposed ductwork layouts to make them become apart of the overall space. 

With exposed ductwork or open piping now a major part of interiors, it does not only have to perform great but it can also look aesthetically amazing! So, I never look at exposed ductwork (pipes) as an eye sore because it can actually play a very important role in a house and therefore can now be seen throughout the home as well. So remember, whether using copper or steel pipes to make a powerful statement or painted pipes as a vibrant color to stand out in a particular interior, there are unlimited ways to make exposed pipes super chic in any space.

Oh, and by the way, what I love so much about exposed ductwork, it doesn't matter if one is going for industrial, modern, etc., adding what I always call architectural detailing (ductwork) can make a world of difference to any space.

Purple Cherry Architects, Pause Designs, Thom Filicia Inc., Morris Architecture LLC, Christopher A. Rose, James Thomas Interiors, Egue Y. Seta, Lux Design, Jessica Lagrange Interiors. 

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules! 

MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER: ACCENT PILLOWS

Accent pillows are one of my many weaknesses when it comes to decorative objects. I get so overly excited every time I see an over-the-top accent pillow. I refuse to live without them tossed throughout my surroundings. OMG, I just need them thrown everywhere and I literally mean everywhere! And not to mention displaying a variety of different colors, unique patterns, shapes, and sizes (the larger the better), along with a mixture of different textures make it so much exciting! I am all smiles while developing this post :-).

Anyway, with me being a casual modern chick, when you enter my home, throw those accent pillows wherever you please and have a seat and enjoy.  However, I do have OCD and since accent pillows are sometimes called "decorative" or "throw" pillows which are made for being functionally placed or (thrown as I like to say) anywhere, my OCD does not kick in and I do not pitch a hissy fit when they would normally be considered out of place. 

Also, when designing for my clients, accent pillows are a must. And I do suggest that more is always better. As I have already stated, the combination of different colors, patterns, shapes and sizes, and textures will make any space come alive as well as create a beautiful focal point. And yes, pillows can be a focal point and this is especially true when grouped together making a powerful statement. Understanding the fundamentals of mixing accent pillows is a plus because "clash" is not cute. However, I do like to see a touch of drama if the "clash" is done uniquely!

Check out some interiors below displaying "more is better" when designing with accent pillows. 

Credit: Ann Lowengart Interiors, Mark English Architects AIA, Kristine Wolf Design, Caitlin Wilson Design, Amy Kartheiser Design, Bryant Keller Interiors, Elizabeth Gordon, Joni Spear Interior Design.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules! 

AT THE END OF THE HALLWAY. . .THERE SHOULD BE WHAT???

I get asked the following question a lot. At the end of the hallway, there should be what??? When the end of the hallway has a wall instead of a door there must be a focal point incorporated. As an interior designer, I love responding to small challenges such as a dead-end hallway. At the end of the hallway, there should be what??? "A focal point that will make a powerful statement as well as create the right amount of wow factor that blends the long hallway in with the rest of the home." 

The following can easily be incorporated; a unique & stylish accent chair, bold abstract art or a selection of grouped art, pedestal(s) with a beautiful vase or urn which can display a flower arrangement, large mirror or grouped mirrors in different shapes and sizes. Also, if there is a window at the end of the hallway, display a console table and add a plant which will get ample sunlight. However, the main goal of placing decorative objects or a piece of furniture at the end of the hallway is to distract from the overall length. When using creativity to solve the problem of a long hallway, the possibilities can be endless. Check out some creative solutions below and let that much-needed hallway dilemma become a thing of the past.

As an interior designer, I make sure that I go outside the box when designing. So, my favorite images are 3 and 8. A waterfall paired with fire is a powerful statement (Image 3). Using the exterior view to create a dramatic focal point for the hallway is a definite wow factor (Image 8).

Credits: Morgante Wilson Architects, Ziger/Snead Architects, Interiors by Steven G, Powell/Kleinschmidt, Inc., John Sutton Photography, Jennifer Bevan Interiors, Oliver Burns, and Carnie Nicholson, RBB, BIC, HL1 Director.

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Kimberly C. Lyons

Principal Interior Designer and founding owner of KCL-IDESIGN, LLC (Interior Design Company), Kimberly has been slaying interiors since forever. She refuses to partake of what is known as ordinary when it comes to designing interior or exterior spaces. Kimberly already acknowledges that she is considered a rare breed when it comes to splashing her signature touch within a space. She loves designing fabulous interiors & exteriors. She is obsessed with super bold color, the phrase I dare you, and lives for going outside the box when creating a unique and powerful wow factor. Kimberly is definitely not afraid to break some major design rules!