“I love helping people make their home into a sanctuary where they feel relaxed, which is an expression of themselves,” says Kim Elliott-Peterson. For over 20 years, Kim has been helping clients refresh everything from single rooms to large scale comprehensive projects through her company KEP INTERIOR DESIGNS. Based from her home studio in East Greenwich, Kim works with clients all over Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.
People often assume that you should only call in professional interior design help when doing a major home overhaul, but Kim says this just isn’t true. “I’m happy to work with anyone who feels the need for help with a design project. I like to make people comfortable working with a designer,” she says, adding that the process should be fun for clients.
Kim notes that design has always come with a natural ease for her. Armed with a BA in Textiles and Design from the University of Rhode Island, this self-proclaimed color junkie enjoys the process of color placement and coordination. “My training in the psychology of color is a great asset to my ability to match and pair colors for any given use,” she explains. Kim is not only able to choose shades, but is always cognizant of color hue, value, and saturation, and how shades and textures combine for the greatest effect.
A mix of color and texture are hallmarks of Kim’s interior designs. She pays sharp attention to detail including the mixing of fabrics which result in unique and special spaces. KEP offers concept to-use design packages that include everything from furniture selections and room layouts to accessories, artwork and the final touches that make a space feel complete. The use of textures such as grass-cloth wallpaper, heavily woven linens or silks with deep sheens, combined with a mix of patterns, work to make Kim’s designs visually appealing and layered. Her work is so well regarded that she has had several projects published and has won awards from trade shows and magazines both locally and nationally.
For Kim, one of the best parts about living and working in Rhode Island is being able to work on historic buildings. “I enjoy working with all different types of people who have different tastes, budgets, and styles of living,” she says, “But I’m most proud of my work on historical properties. I love being part of the future years in homes that have such long pasts and histories.” “I’ve been called ‘guardian angel’ and ‘dream maker’ by my clients,” says Kim. “The ideal living space is different for everyone - but not everyone can take their dreams and create them in reality. I love feeling like I’m helping clients to love the place they live or work in,” she says. “I love the trust that people put in me to bring their dreams into reality.”
KEP Interior Designs • 21 Robert Avenue, East Greenwich • 401-451-8922