Big Impact on a Small Budget in a Soulless New-Build Flat

Owning a home with no period features, and having a limited budget needn't be a barrier to
creating a beautiful home with a sense of history. As shown here by Kia Designs, who have used budget friendly tricks to transform a soulless new build flat in Wimbledon into a vibrant, characterful home for a young newly wed couple.

A swift courtship meant this couple wanted their house to look lived in, despite not having a wealth of pre-owned objects, holiday photos, mementos or belongings to furnish it with. The couple had yet to develop their aesthetic as a pair, so creating the design was doubly challenging, forging together 2 different tastes and ways of life. 

Tricks of the Trade

1. Interest was created by using contrasting colours and strong patterns.
2. Beams, vents, architraves and other features traditionally blended in were highlighted in bright paint colours.


3. Colours were chosen from the local area, and especially inspired by the deep purples and greens of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
4. Existing furniture was fitted into the design, but can be easily changed in the future, as the  space and scheme offers maximum flexibility.

5. The majority of the budget was spent on bespoke storage, thereby making the most of the existing space.
6. There is a deliberate blending of design influences from mid-century to modern.
7. There is also a mix of budgets, mixing high street pieces with eBay finds.

8. An effort was made to bring some Mauritian spirit and flare to South West London. Making the flat more personal to the owners.
9. Various tricks were employed to make rooms seem larger (using curtains as well as blinds).
10. Zoning wall space, as well as the floor by using rugs, created more defined spaces.

In a nutshell, using a designer and accessing trade prices actually made this design cheaper than doing a diy job.

The Property Details

The property: 2 Bed 2 Bath Wimbledon flat. 967 sq ft.
Budget: £28,000 including all fees, works, contractors, furniture and fittings.
Timescale: 2-3 months (done non-invasively whilst the couple still lived in the property) 

Kia Designs