Interior Design & Interior decoration in Kenya

Interior design in Kenya, as defined by the ADKE, is different from interior decoration. Interior Designers may decorate but Interior Decorators do not design. Wallpaper Kenya is an Interior Design Firm, a member of the Association of Designers of Kenya. ADKE membership of the Interior Design Chapter is by academic qualification, usually university degree in Interior Design acknowledged by the Association among other qualifications set by the Association.
Whereas Interior Decoration is an important part of Interior Design, in Kenya you don't need a degree to become an Interior Decorator. Interior Decoration can be defined as the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. The important elements of interior decoration are color, surface texture and patters while the important elements of interior design are space planning, forms and lighting.
We are not just wallpaper interior decorators. We are a team of young talented handpicked interior design professionals well skilled and equipped to look at buildings' interiors objectively, recognize what is going on, craft and articulate the space in anticipation of our clients’ functional and aesthetic needs.
“Most people make the mistake of thinking (interior) design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think (interior) design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. (interior) Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs.

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Home/ bedroom interior decoration with one of our 3d optical illusion wallpaper.

Our interior designers team are truly of mastered interior design skills that builds confidence with our clients as well our associates, architects, artisans and suppliers. We are sensitive to time and deadlines, honor our commitments, are responsible and you can count on us to deliver right your interior design project on time and budget as agreed.
In a dialogue between members of the Interior Designers Association of Kenya, Prof Bundima laments- “The desire to brand an interior space with corporate colors has made it a malady for designers to create psychologically inclusive space for the users. Why do designers splash corporate colors all over the space instead of exploring tones that psychologically induce the users’ mood into the space function?”

Our team of interior designers is not only qualified by academic credentials and passion of the practice, we are corporate members of The Association of Designers Kenya (ADKE). While we are well known for wallpaper interior decoration and have a big division specializing in wallpaper decor and distribution we are a fully fledged Interior Design Company. We handle both office and home interior design. We are at home designing new empty spaces, complete makeovers, remodeling, refurbishing, overhauling as well quick refresh redecoration.

1. Space Planning:

Interior design is, first and foremost, the design of interior space defined by structural elements such as walls, ceiling, floor, and columns. In interior design, we refer to an empty space as negative space, while objects inserted into the space contribute to its becoming a positive space. A balance has to be achieved between the negative and the positive.

We start our space planning with an in-depth analysis of how you are going to use the space. We then draw up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones. The space plan will also define the circulation patterns that show how people will move through the space. We finish the space planning by adding details of all the furniture, equipment and hardware placement.

Here are a few of the numerous points we will consider when deciding how to layout your rooms:

  • The structure of the room, what are the main focal points? Be they a wall, windows, fireplaces, doors or built in units. Are they balanced in the room? If not, what do we add to the space to help balance the structure of the space? The human eye is drawn to focal points, and will scan a space when entering it, giving your room personality and a good first impression.
  • We think about the space in terms of volume, e.g.: if it were a fish bowl, if you add in a sofa, chandelier, sculptures, bookshelves, table, coffee table etc, you displace some of the water. We ensure that we don’t overfill the space.
  • Our aim is to create both a prospect and a refuge in each room so you can feel enclosed, but also have a view beyond to the outside or natural world.
  • We plan your furniture with a scale drawing of your room and place them in the room to work out the best possible arrangement of furniture and accessories.
  • We ensure that the human traffic circulation passageway throughout the room follows an easy and economic pathway from the door to all the other main activity areas.
  • Clutter closes down space, so we avoid clutter to avoid blocking both circulation and reducing the perceived size of the room.
  • In large or long spaces, we subdivide different activity zones to give definition to each part of the room.
  • When planning decoration and lighting, work with the principles that vertical lines draw our eyes up and horizontal lines draw them across to extend or reduce the proportions of a room.
  • Wallpaper with a square grid or tiling a room in squares will give the impression that it is bigger than it is – the smaller the grid, the larger the room appears.
  • Borrow space from outside by ensuring an uninterrupted view of the outside world. You can also ‘borrow’ space from adjoining rooms by using the same flooring materials.
  • When furnishing small rooms, blur the edges of the room to break up the lines between floor and walls; draw furniture a little way away from the walls; buy furniture in proportion to the room; choose furniture with legs to give the illusion of more space.
  • Decorate small rooms with Mirrors, placing strategically in small places in order to make them feel larger.
  • Wallpaper the ceiling with brilliant white or light colored textured wallpaper to make the room look taller. Anything that draws the eye upwards makes a room feel bigger. Darker colors make a room feel cozy, but they also absorb light instead of reflecting it, making the space feel smaller. Opt for lighter colored flooring as well as wall colors to make the room feel bigger and airy.
  • At all times care about natural light into the room. Natural light plays a major role in our perception of space. Rooms with natural lighting tend to feel more spacious and expansive than spaces lit by artificial lighting.
    Offices should have large windows allowing sunlight to enter their rooms. Focusing on natural light allows you to create a space that feels bigger and more comfortable than its artificially lit counterparts and natural light has medicinal values reducing stress and helping prevent decease.


Home interior design

In Home interior design we focus on the livability of a private dwelling house. Architects design houses and apartments, we turn them into individual homes. As this type of design is very specific for individual situations, the needs and wants of the individual families are paramount in home interior design. The best designed homes are those that involve the interior designer from the initial planning stage. Otherwise we also work on remodeling of an existing structure. It is often a very involving process that may take months to fine-tune and create a space with the vision of the client. Home interior decoration takes a much shorter time. It could take a day or two, a week or so, depending on the scope of work.
Many a time, the Kenyan last minute thing, clients come to us with orders for home interior decor at a week's or even days' notice like it's an emergency. This is because they have visitors coming shortly. My experience shows that probably for the majority of Kenyans the aspect of how our home looks to other people is more important than how it looks to us. We have no problem with one wanting to make their homes inviting for guests, that they can feel proud of and at the same time make them feel comfortable. We have not disappointed such clients.
One of the best solutions for a quick fix decorative transformation of a home is wallpaper and ceiling paper, cornices and ceiling center piece medallions, and maybe a change or curtains to match. With a bit more time we could also quickly fix the flooring with carpet tiles or wall to wall carpet. Wallpaper will not only spice up a room with patterns, it also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Depending on the design and texture of the materials that go into making it, wallpaper can alter how we perceive spaciousness, height, breadth, light levels and movement and can create a sense of cohesiveness — or isolation — in a room.

Interior design for a new home
The starting point is to think on how you are going to use the rooms. How many family members and guests would be in the room at any given time – thus you going to find out how many seating spaces you need. What are the activities you prefer doing… watching TV, reading, playing board games, playing with kids – that way you will know what storage options you need, whether you need book shelves and a reading table or conversation area by the fireplace.
The next step is space planning, drafting your room! to scale. We measure your room, then draw it on graph paper. We draft your furniture pieces, cut them out and play with the layout. These helps us come up with the furniture layout we we present to you in a drawing or in 3d form for your input and or approval.
The last stage is the color scheme, either painting or wallpaper or a combination of both. We through your house noting which spaces can seen from each room. We use the floor plan to keep track.
Adjoining rooms are part of this, but you may be able to see quite a bit farther — down a hall and into the kitchen, for instance. These notes will form the basis of the whole-house color scheme.
There are several ways to go about the color scheme. We may start by picking a color for the biggest, most centrally located room.This will most likely be your living room or kitchen, and it's a great place to start working on your whole-house palette.
Decorating all the walls of a room in a home in the same color or pattern it creates harmony but can be a bit plain. By picking out one wall and giving it a different, bolder color and texture, or 3d optical illusion, you can change the mood of a room or highlight a particular feature.
We us feature walls often when the rest of the room is decorated with a fairly neutral color. We pick a wall in the room and paint it a different color, or wallpaper it with a bold pattern, creating a feature.
We use a feature wall also to create a more defined space in an open-plan area. If you have children we might create a play area with children's wallpaper such as spider-man or Frozen.

Living room

Living room interior decoration becomes a higher priority when the room’s importance is recognized. The living room is so important is because it’s the primary social space in the home, whether it’s in a loft, a studio apartment, a duplex, a single family home, or a mansion.
The location of the living room within the home floor layout itself plays a key role in the level of comfort and positive flow of energy, natural light and fresh air.
The ideal living room location is close enough to the outdoors that fresh, positive energy can vent in and out and flow freely, creating a healthful, restorative social space.
If your living room benefits from a beautiful landscape view, layout the furniture in such a way that the view can be appreciated from all parts of the living room. Consider hanging a mirror so that it reflects the landscape for those who, seated, may not be able to view the landscape. A natural view is a sure way to enhance the positive energy of a space.
Interior decor is more than just a series of rules to follow; it’s mostly about the spatial arrangement to enhance the overall look and feel of the space. It’s the overall vibe that makes great interior decoration.
In the living room (and, frankly, any space trying to incorporate restfulness, comfortable, and safe ambiance), clutter will be avoided at all costs. Messiness, clutter, and other untidy distractions serve to bring about a sense of discomfort.

Bed room
Your bedroom interior design should be comfy. Did you know on average we spend 8 hours a day sleeping or a third of our lives in the bedroom. Even though the bedroom is a private space that will be seen by far fewer people than your sitting room or kitchen, it should be an equally stylish sanctuary. When redecorating our homes, let not priority go to the public spaces only, while the private rooms get the cold a shoulder. Bedrooms quickly fall on the list of spaces to work on someday, which is ironic given that a good night's sleep is vital for every human being to survive and this is where we spend the largest portion of our lives.
If you have given your bedrooms interior decor a cold shoulder in your home, it may be time to correct the situation. Our days are full of demands, so what could be more beneficial than a peaceful haven in which to rejuvenate at the end of the day?
Whether you want a traditional design or an exotic retreat, we have enough bedroom decorating ideas to create the room of your dreams. Best of all, you don’t need a complete remodel to bring new life to your bedroom, something as simple as well-placed art, bold wallpaper, or even a fresh coat of paint can make a space stand out.

Dinging Room

As a dining room is a room for consuming food it makes sense to locate it adjacent to the kitchen for convenience in serving. There are generally two design types of dining rooms, functional or casual and formal. Modern casual dining rooms are increasing sharing space with the kitchen or living room and are wide open. Even separate casual dining rooms tend to have open doorways, instead of close-able doors. Formal dining rooms are much fancier in nature.
Formal dining rooms tend to be completely separate rooms with doors to further sequester them from the rest of the house. The purpose of a formal dining room is for elegant dinners and classy social gatherings such as black tie dinners for your community's upper echelon. As such, the formal dining room may not be much used and therefore you can as well design it for other uses when it is not in use as a for dining purposes.


The Interior Design Process

We are an interior design and built firm with a highly motivated team of designers who are creating thoughtful design and built experiences. We are a firm member of The Association of Designers of Kenya.
Led by the lead interior designer Joshua Ndunda the team is made up of youthful graduates of interior design qualified by university education, passion and experience in the relevant fields including, interior architecture and art and graphic design who are extremely creative, communicative and collaborative.
We handle most interior construction in-house, we have a workshop right at our go down that works over night for cabinetry and other carpentry, we are also trained and certified in office partitioning and ceiling installations by Knauf, one of the world’s first two largest manufacturers of gypsum boards and other building materials in the world, we install wall to wall carpets and other flooring and we are well known for painting and wallpaper installations.
Interior design is a process defined as the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. Therefore an interior designer is a person who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such projects.Interior design is a multifaceted profession that includes conceptual development, space planning, site inspections, programming, research, communicating with the stakeholders of a project, and construction management. Wallpaper Kenya comes out strongly in that process with construction management which in most cases is your only concern or interest (the final tangible element). Wallpaper Kenya does the donkey work under the supervision of our in-house interior designers, or in collaboration with the specialist or consultant interior designer, we execute the design.

How we operate: The interior design process
Step one - client consultation: You, the client emails, calls or visits us. We pay you a site visit to identify your needs and objectives. We ask you questions regarding the specific function(s) of your space, who will be using the space, and what are your furniture and equipment requirements. We take dimensions and photos of the space at this first visit. We will want to know things like:
What is the scope of the project? How many rooms? Do you want help with the whole property or just some of it?
How do the workmen access the site, for furniture deliveries? Who has keys? Who can let us in? Is there a back entrance? Do the porters at the front of the block of apartments allow access to workmen?
What style are you looking for? White, light and minimal? Colorful, bohemian and child friendly? Elegant, formal and artistic? Can you visualize the outcome of the interior decor you want or have your choosen what you want from a magazine? If so we would want to see those pictures.
If we are doing building finishes and decorating works, does the brief then include furniture, lighting, carpets, accessories, window dressings, cabinetry, artwork? All of these need to be accounted for when pricing the project. Exactly what things do you want us to manage? – will you be buying these things or will we? We want to know because if we are to manage furnishing items (discussions, research, ordering, payment and deliveries does not take 5 minutes) then these has to be accounted for in our fees.
Time Scale – when are you ready to start? Do you have a deadline? Are you going to be living there whilst we work? We need to be clear about what our builders/workmen can deliver. We need an idea of the plan that you have in mind.
Step two - schematic design:
In the schematic design phase, we develop the floor plan and furniture layouts. Circulation patterns and minimum clearances are considered and applied to the floor plan. Rough sketches and elevations are created; preliminary furniture and finish ideas are developed and then presented to you for review and revision.
Step three - design development:
After final approval of the schematic design, we develop floor plans, elevations and other related items in greater detail. Colors and finishes are refined, furniture, fabrics and equipment are selected and cost estimates are prepared and we give you a quotation. The resulting design is presented to you for review, revision and final approval.

Step four - construction documentation:
In the first phase, we document the specific details of the work to be completed. These details include millwork specification, finish selections such as flooring and paint and wall coverings, lighting plans and fixture selection, plumbing location and fixture selection, and electrical layouts in regard to the total scope of work to be completed. In the second phase, bids are obtained, technicians selected where we need to outsource, and purchase orders are issued for materials.

step five - construction administration:
This is the final stage where things are built and installed. The designer is often onsite during "installation" to ensure items are received in good condition, installed correctly, and that documents have been followed to the letter.
There is some overlap between the capabilities of a general contractor and an interior designer, but generally, a general contractor builds and an interior designer designs. Wallpaper Kenya does both. Typically, you will bring on an interior designer first, because he or she will help you lay out your new room and determine all the different finishes to use.
For example, the interior designer will help you determine if you want to knock down a wall to open up the kitchen, add in recessed lighting, install an island in the kitchen for more food prep space, and add in large bay windows and kitchen curtains to enhance the view. The interior designer may also help you choose new flooring, new cabinets, new countertops, and, yes, new wall finishes.
In gypsum ceilings and office partitioning we use Knauf gypsum boards and building and partner with Knauf who offer our staff continuous training in Knauf ceiling and partitioning systems installations. Knauf Gips KG is a multinational, family-owned company based in Iphofen, Germany, well known for drywall gypsum boards, founded in 1932. The company is a producer of building materials and construction systems comprising construction materials for drywall construction, plasterboard, cement boards, mineral fiber acoustic boards, dry mortars with gypsum for internal plaster and cement-based external plaster and insulating materials; glass wool, stone wool and other insulation materials under the company Knauf Insulation.