Desperate Design: Ask Dr. Margi – Your Design Dilemma Solved!

Margi Kyle

, Balanced Living

Do you have a Design Dilemma? Building a new home or renovating an existing one? We’ve got an expert here at LKNConnect — Margi Kyle. A professional Interior Designer for over 45 years, Margi has an extensive portfolio, a brilliant vision for color and style, and a willingness to help the design-deprived among us! If you have a Design Dilemma, write to Dr. Margi at and ask your question. Include pictures and details, and Dr. Margi will respond to your Design Dilemma with a perfect Solution!


Photo courtesy of Deborah Young Studio

Dear Dr. Margi,

My Desperate Design Dilemma is starting with the outside of our new house and then working in. We bought a wood house, and I am questioning the red trim. While I like it, I’m not sure what other options I might have. Do you have a color suggestion for the trim on my new house? –Elyse


Dear Elyse:

I am a red lover and feel it is very welcoming. However, in this case, it is a color blend and does not give the wood the uplift it needs.  Red’s undertone is brown; therefore, it is a total blend. I played with PowerPoint to show you how color can contrast to the brown wood tones and complement each other.

I worked with the green and gray to break up the areas up and give it life. Green’s undertone is black and therefore will contrast the wood.

Let me know your thoughts, Elyse.

Readers, we need your vote as well. Email me at and vote for your favorite trim color on Elyse’s house: RED, GRAY, or GREEN.



If you have a design Dilemma and need some help, you can email me at or call me at 704-661-5223. I’d love to help!


For over 45 years, Margi Kyle, “The Color Doctor”, has built an astounding portfolio from the ever-important ‘Designer’s perspective’. Never idle, this professional Interior Designer has contributed to this industry as an Interior Designer, Television Host, Mentor, Keynote Speaker, Educator, and Writer.  Margi has taught Interior Design for over 45 years and is the executive director for We Make Color Easy, The Dewey Color System. She is also one of the  founders of a new E-Mentoring Co-op Company called










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