Interior design creative and human behavioural specialist, Kim Williams, shares some crucial tips and secrets to get you that perfect kitchen redo you are dreaming about! The Covid-19 shutdown was unfamiliar territory for many of us who are not used to spending so much time at home with our families, not to mention working from home and eating out less.
When working on any home redo project, Kim Williams believes it is crucial to have a very good understanding of what you need in the kitchen space you have that requires a redo, and that you know what you like and what your style and tastes are. Most importantly, all this should be clear ahead of time before you contract an expert or purchase anything.
Your main objective should be to focus around the functionality of your kitchen. Assess the space available, and then combine the design and plan for your kitchen redo on how you want your dream kitchen to feel once it is completed.
It is crucial that what you yourself like and feel is on trend, can last for a period of time, and it should therefore fit in well with what your particular tastes are. Plumbing, tiling and lighting should be considered as longer-term investments and commitments for your kitchen, as they are often far more costly, where paints and wallpapers can easily be updated at a reasonable and affordable cost.
Remember the design should always be about who is going to live there and who uses the space, and for what purpose.
In order to get the ball rolling, herewith Kim’s kitchen redo tips and checklist – also useful for designing any other areas in your home:
Ask yourself who will be using this area the most and what their most important needs are in terms of functionality.
Understand the particular tastes of the person who will be using the space that need these changes to be implemented.
How does this area fit in with the rest of your home? Keep in mind there should be flow between the kitchen and the rest of the home. It is not advisable to be so different that it completely stands out in comparison to the look and feel of the rest of the home, unless this is your starting point and you are planning a redo of the entire house.
Carefully take the time and plan what elements can be brought in that can easily be changed again afterwards – if you would like to update it a bit in the future – for example, changing or painting over wallpaper, placing other objects on shelves, etc. You would be surprised by what a difference these small things can make and they can completely change the look and atmosphere of a particular space.
Remember to have fun creating new spaces; where else in life do you get the opportunity to redo things as many times as you want in the convenience of your own home?
ABOUT KIM WILLIAMS – TOP BUSINESS WOMAN & INTERIOR CREATIVE
Kim is an entrepreneur and well-respected local interior creative of the full-service Cape Town-based interior studio, Kim Williams, working across décor, design and interior architecture.
Kim started renovating her own properties during her early twenties, with the aim of increase their resell value and making good profit. However, it was in Kim’s 40s that she truly found her life’s calling, after becoming ill and relocating back to Cape Town she decided to combine her year’s of business experience with her passion for beautiful buildings and interiors.
Kim’s first-hand experience of the importance of well-functioning, energising interiors became the cornerstone of her own blueprint called the Pure Design Innovation ID, that involves a process of extracting what people want and need from their interior spaces.
Kim developed this Blueprint to guarantee a focus on the client – what they want – and matching this with their unique personal style. The practice can be applied to corporate environments, hospitality, residential homes, developments, businesses or even a single room.
Kim has uniquely married this process successfully with her creative talents and practical skills, which includes the intelligent use of space, her unique design talent and years of valuable experience.
She also completed her certification for Interior Design and Styling with the JD London Institute of Design, wrote the NHBRC technical exam for building professionals, and is registered with the NHBRC.
Also she holds several qualifications in business management, human behaviour, marketing, training, assessment and communications to name a few.
Kim’s background also includes her working as a change management consultant and behaviour specialist in the corporate world for 21 years. During this time, she acquired valuable business skills and developed great insights on human behaviour, corporate work culture and workspaces. She then went to open her own consulting business which she has successfully run for 12 years.
Kim has seen first-hand the value of experiencing an over-all sense of well-being, of being your best self when in a well-designed space, which far offsets the cost. It translates into a return on investment not just in the quality of life and work, but into tangible value for the property, development or business.
Kim’s clients enjoy her passion and love for quirky, fresh and on trend, yet classic interior design space solutions. Her easy, energetic and sparkly personality helps create her client’s dream space that exceeds even their best imagination. Knowing this, brings her real happiness.
Currently, Kim Williams’ portfolio adds up to millions of rands in retail value. She has worked across several building and construction projects, alongside developers and architects of more than 25 residential properties, 3 apartment blocks and more recently expanding into commercial projects. These projects include a variation of interior architecture, design and finishing, as well as soft furnishing.
Read more about Kim Williams, follow her on social media @kimwilliamsdesign or go to www.kimwilliams.co.za and subscribe to her blog: My Yellow Room, or her monthly design insights newsletters.