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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March 24, 2017

Presenting a Design: From Inspiration to Concept

We were recently asked to transform a new build 2 bedroom flat in Wimbledon into a modern, interesting, warm and characterful home. A designated area for studying to be introduced to both bedrooms and improved storage throughout the property.

Having lived in their new build flat for 18 months, the clients have struggled to make it truly feel...

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February 24, 2017

How to Prepare Your Home for Builders

You've finalised the design, hired the contractors and booked your holiday - hurrah! But now you have to prepare your home for the incoming builders. A few points we'd like to stress, which occasionally get overlooked:

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December 06, 2016

Shutters: How to Pick the Perfect Shutters for Your Project

Although shutters are extremely on trend at the moment, they have a timeless style that can easily hold their elegance throughout the years. Our team here at Kia Designs is particularly excited as we have got the opportunity to include this beautiful and trendy way of dressing windows into one of our current designs.

 

But it isn't always easy...

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November 15, 2016

Your Guide to Upholstery Jargon: The Martindale Test

Guide to Upholstery Jargon: The Martindale Test

Knightsbridge Upholstered Chairs

With a multitude fabrics in various designs, colours and patterns, picking which fabric works with your scheme can be an exciting but also overwhelming experience! And with all those  codes, numbers and terms that reside on the back of samples, it can seem like...

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August 25, 2016

Do Interior Designers Alway Buy Expensive Stuff?

Do you have 5* taste and a 2* budget? People often have the perception that interior designers will go for the most expensive products. This really isn't true (although there are charlatans in every industry). We always go for the product that we feel best fits the design and requirements of the client - if we are designing for a holiday home...

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August 09, 2016

Relocating to the UK? You Need To Read This

Most people only think of hiring a residential interior designer when they buy or want to renovate, but it can be a really useful service for renters too.

 

Hampstead village is a great place for families

 

If you are being sent to, or coming back to the UK, Kia Designs can  help, and we can even handle everything from this end so that by the...

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August 02, 2016

How Does An Interior Design Project Begin?

We're often asked how we start a design. It's a hard thing to answer as it's really an intangible concept. After we've decided on the new layout, we start by asking the client a lot of questions, and getting a firm idea of what they don't like and what they gravitate towards, as well as practical concerns (hardwearing, easy cleaning etc). Then...

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June 30, 2016

I Want To Restyle My House But Don't Know Where To Start

Completely restyling your home can be daunting if you're just unhappy with its current state but haven't given much thought to how it should look. Lots of professions can be called upon for logistical help, or you might have clearer ideas on how you use the property and what doesn't work, but don't know how do you go about coming up with a...

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June 14, 2016

Budget With/Without an Interior Designer

People often have the impression that hiring an interior designer is an expensive and indulgent activity. And it can be, but it's probably not as expensive as you think, and invaluable if you haven't got a lot of spare time.

First, let's tackle the expense

Our fee structure is very simple. £2500 per room if you have a big project and want just...

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June 09, 2016

Why We Don't Offer Space Planning

We often get asked by prospective clients if we will just do 'space planning'. The answer is always no. It's a service that architects offer, and many designers will do a space planning consultation for a small fee. It's usually requested when doing an extension or conversion, to see if you can fit everything you want in. The problem with it,...

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