October 02, 2017

The Smartest Piece Of Furniture Ever Designed

When you are looking at small London apartment design one thing becomes clear, storage is needed. It was also needed to transform this stunning meditation room in North London. This piece of furniture was designed by our studio to not only create a wonderful chest of drawers with a meditation space above but to hide a safe, desk, double bed for...

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September 25, 2017

House Interior Design in Knightsbridge

Redesigning a home that you have grown up in can be a hard task. There are so many memories and it can be almost impossible to imagine the space any other way. However, if it isn't working for you to its full potential often the only alternative is to look for a major refurbishment. It can be a hard place to put yourself emotionally but working...

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August 16, 2017

How to Create An Instant Extra Bedroom

How to translate usable daily space into a private spare room

Most people value spare or extra bedrooms when house hunting. Even more than generous reception/living space. A spare bedroom will add value, but more often than not you start with big ideas of it being a multitasking office/guest room and it ends up being a junk room with the...

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May 12, 2017

Shutters - How to Pick the Perfect Shutters: Revisited

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 to...

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April 03, 2017

How to Make a New Build Feel Lived In

New build properties can feel stark and soulless. The shrinking room sizes and lack of period detailing make the area appear small and bland. The proportions and styling of many of today's new build properties do not suit period or vintage furniture, in the way that say a Georgian living room looks fantastic with a large 1970s sofa and art deco...

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November 24, 2016

Hidden Parts Of Images - Things Behind The Design

Good design is effortless, it hides the bad or frustrating parts of a home and highlights the parts that you have fallen in love with. Most homes struggle with storage, even the largest home needs good storage. With these images we take you behind the design to the hidden parts of the image, the parts that make the designs look so effortless.

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November 17, 2016

Let There be Light: The Sky's the Limit

There are 2 good investments I keep my eye out for. 1, short term, is to find the darkest period houses. The Georgian gems and Victorian terraces that give you eye strain almost the moment you enter. The other is long term: find nice country houses with stunning views blighted by power lines and towers. They'll bury them eventually. I hope.

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July 28, 2016

A Kitchen That's A Cooks Dream

I love to cook so when you get a brief from a client that includes creating a kitchen that would be the jewel of the house you can't help but do a little happy dance inside as a dream comes true.  This Knightsbridge kitchen was going to knock it out of the ball park! The brief from our client was to create a modern kitchen with a sleek design...

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April 26, 2016

What Pelmets' Installation Has Taught Us?

...about suppliers?

Pelmets not only hide the curtain tracks, but often create an interesting visual piece above the window. Depending on fabric you pick, they may be matching your cushions and pillows or trying to create a great contrast to your existing pieces. In general, they are a small accessory that can make a big change. 

But this blog...

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April 14, 2016

Why The Last Week on Site Can be so Painful

The last week on any project is usually the busiest, most stressful and most rewarding. Because there is a logical order to the last few days on site, any interference can topple your carefully orchestrated schedule like dominos. However well prepared you are, there are always things beyond your control and you need to be prepared to do some...

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March 24, 2016

How Long Will My Build Take? Basic Refresh

In our last post we mentioned some of the major variables that determine build time.

We can narrow it down depending on what type of redesign you require. We generally break our designs into 3 categories: Design without construction, Some construction work, and full renovation/new build.

 

Minor construction work

 

For a 'design without...

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March 22, 2016

How Long Will My Project Take?

 

No amount of planning or design will cover every variable a building site throws up

 

The most common question we get asked by potential clients is "how long will my project take?". The answer is something akin to 'how long is a piece of string'. The design process has so many variables it's always hard to give a general idea, and each...

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February 11, 2016

Planning A Building Budget

Kia Designs has completed over a hundred interior design projects in and around London. Having been involved in a wide variety of projects from basic interior design to full scale refurbishments & house builds has put us in a wonderful position to be able to off our clients not only the best interior design service but also an in-depth...

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February 09, 2016

Working On Historic Buildings

Last week we had a great opportunity to participate in  a  seminar  on the very current (for us) subject of working on historic buildings. Since many of you have a lot of doubts and uncertainty  while buying new homes, here are 4 vital bits of information that can help you understand what it actually means to work with historic buildings.

  1. A...
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January 12, 2016

Leather In Our Interior Designs

Leather is a fantastic thing, it has been used throughout the generations to create everything from simple tools to some of the most amazing ornate fashion pieces.  We use it in many of our interior designs from covering entire walls to opulent finishing touches such as embossed leather waste bins. The project below shows you how versatile...

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July 30, 2015

Cornice Details For Low Ceilings

When designing for a property with low ceilings it can often be tempting to do away with cornice details thinking that they will make the ceiling seem lower.  However, they are a fantastic detail and by picking the correct one you can find that it will not only help to give a more finished look to the property but it will also add ceiling...

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May 21, 2015

How Colour Changes Design

Same design.

Three different colours.

Three different effects.

From this one rug design there is potential the potential to create vast varieties to suit whatever space. Above is the sample shot of 2 variations of this colour, which can be colour matched to the fabrics featured in the client's home.

 

Classic Blue Rug In Contemporary Lounge

 

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February 13, 2015

Mexico Design Inspiration

Inspiration is everywhere but for most of us we are often too busy to see it, we don't actively notice those design details, those colours don't really sink in, we often end up seeing a sea of grey.  The one time that our brains are in tune with our surroundings is when we are on holiday.

 

We relax, we look around and we often take in a lot...

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January 08, 2015

9 Ways To Slash A Design Budget

You've gone through your inspiration, you've worked out what style you like, what your kitchen should look like, feel like, all the materials, colours and you are over the moon...and then you total it all up. Ouch, you are horribly over budget, here are 10 ways you could possibly bring that number down significantly without damaging the entire...

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November 18, 2014

How Recessed Lighting Could Make Your Home More Modern

Task lighting is something that is often essential but can be difficult to do well.  Spots are often the instant choice however, they aren't exactly the prettiest of options.  Recessed lighting can be a fantastic way of creating an extremely modern look, it is also super simple to do and unbelievably striking.

These astro lights are a perfect...

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