December 01, 2017

How an Interior Designer Saves you Money: Affordable Interior Design

The Hidden Cost of Getting Things Done

Hiring an Interior Designer will definitely save you time, but it can also save you money. It's in our best interest to make your budget stretch as far as possible and give you a completed home at the end of a project. To make sure we are maximising the amount you have to spend on furniture, fixtures and...

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November 22, 2017

What Is Steel Enamel and Why Do We Love It?

When we were recently in Germany visiting one of our suppliers, Bette, we learnt all about the construction behind some of the amazing products that we use. One of those was steel enamel that Bette make their products out of. What blew us away was how hardwearing it is.  

 

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November 20, 2017

The Delights Of Parquet Flooring And Underfloor Heating

The beauty of underfloor heating is that you can do away with your radiators. This gives you more space flexibility within a room and therefore more options when it comes to planning the positioning of your furniture. 

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November 17, 2017

Get Off On The Right Foot: Learn How To Create A Mood Board

Learn how to craft mood boards and get the home you’ve always dreamt of with Kia Designs. 

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November 15, 2017

How We Help You: What In The World Is Procurement?

When you're looking to move your project forward it can often be difficult to see which option will be best for you, there are many different services on offer. Here at Kia Designs we add value by actively managing the entire end-to-end buying process for you. We will manage the planning and actual purchasing of these products on your behalf,...

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November 10, 2017

Inviting Contractors To Quote For Work

Getting quotes for work can be a bit of a minefield. It’s rather risky to only get one quote for a job, however you can often receive wildly varying quotes and timescales from different companies, for the same job. This can make it difficult to know which one to trust.

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November 10, 2017

How to Spend it: What to Buy When

Budgeting for a home renovation can be a stressful and challenging experience. Most people don't have a huge amount of cash hanging around and chances are your budget won't stretch to exactly what you want to do. These are some of our best tips for developing your home building budget through from schedule to items you can leave till later.

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October 25, 2017

Your Guide To The Top London Design Trade Shows

Your definitive guide to the various industry relevant trade shows held in London every year:

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October 23, 2017

Valuable Reasons You Shouldn't Judge A Design Before It's Complete

A interior that is not finished is comparable to looking at the base coat of a painting and expecting to see the finished result without the finished details being added. Unfinished Interior Design is exactly the same.

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October 20, 2017

What Happens If A Supplier Goes Bust?

First things first, we want to finish your project. We realise how important your home is and how stressful this process can be so our first priority will and always has been getting things back on track and moving in the right direction. We look for answers, it doesn't mean we ignore the problems but it does meant that we aren't going to focus...

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October 13, 2017

Materials List - What Makes Amazing Luxury Interior Design

If you're looking for a luxury interior design there are many materials you can use to get the look. These are some of our favourites that create a truly luxurious feel. 

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October 11, 2017

How To Solve A Dilemma On Site

Clients hire interior designers to make their spaces both beautiful and functional. Design isn’t always picking paint colours and pretty fabrics; most often it is about creative problem solving and helping clients find real solutions to their needs and wants.  There can be many problems with interior design and ss the designer understands what...

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October 06, 2017

Are Crittall Windows A Trend?

We've seen this trend slowly rise through blogs, pinterest boards and magazine coverage. So what exactly is crittal?

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October 04, 2017

Home Sauna Design: What You Need To Know

We often get asked about what design features will add value to a home. A sauna is not normally on the list however once you get to a certain size and style of property it is often a must. A home spa for luxury design is becoming more wanted and more attainable, for that reason we have been looking at sauna design on a more regular basis.

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September 29, 2017

Timing Your Finances For A Hassle Free Home Refurb

Information can often be difficult to come by especially when you are looking for information regarding financing your home refurb or finance for interior design. It can get even more murky when you want to try and find out how payments work for a design project. This should work as a good basic layout for when payments are due and to who. 

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September 22, 2017

Where Can I Add The Most Value To My Home?

Do you have limited resources and want to know where best to invest them? We outline where you should spend and where you should save to make the most of your home improvements when asking the question "where can I be adding value to my home?"

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September 20, 2017

Why You Should Never Live on Site

Renovating a home is always an expensive business, and it is tempting to throw all your available money at it. We strongly recommend budgeting for somewhere to live during the works when you are looking at how to plan a building budget. If you aren't lucky enough to have friends or family with a spare room, then getting an Airbnb for a month...

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July 26, 2017

How to Soundproof an Engineered Wood Floor in a Flat

How to Have Your Wooden Floor and Walk on it

Wooden floors look lovely, are hardwearing and easy to clean. But far from being soundproof they create a large amount of noise. They are often prohibited in flats or apartment buildings, due to noise restrictions. You can, however, apply to install an engineered wooden floor in an apartment with...

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June 07, 2017

Guide to Installing Glass: With and Without a Crane

The Pros and Cons of Including Large Panel Glass in Your Design

Light, after floorspace, this the most desirable quality in a home. Most people dream of having light drenched rooms and unhindered views out. Glass technology has come on leaps and bounds. Triple glazing is now often more insulated and efficient than some exterior walls. Glass...

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March 29, 2017

Evolving a Design: Client Led Changes

After presenting a design to a client, there are often tweaks that need to be made. Here is the evolution of a small portion of a living room in a recent project of ours.

The initial brief:

To transform a new build 2 bedroom flat in Wimbledon into a contemporary, interesting, warm and characterful home. The modern apartment needs to feel...

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