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Wacha niKwambie talks to Interior Designer Nzisa Kioko

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Home truly is where the heart is. A sanctuary, a place of love, rest and rejuvenation. Wacha niKwambie blog had the pleasure of interviewing Nzisa Kioko, a fledgling Interior Designer and Graduate of the University of Nairobi on some aspects of Interior Designer. Thank you Nzisa for sharing with us your knowledge and experience.

Who is Nzisa Kioko?
Nzisa is a fun loving reader, writer, designer who loves colour and everything space related.

What drives you in life?
The chance to be a better person in my career, in life and amongst people. I always strive to be better today than I was yesterday.

What inspired you to choose Interior Design as a career path?
I always loved making things since I was young. My mum is a jeweller. I learned from her and then encountered design in High school, where it was offered as a Fine Arts and Design Course. Going to university, I already knew I wanted to do design, I just did not know I would find several different courses. So first two years, we did everything then specialised in Interior Design in third year, where I slowly found my path.

Are Kenyans appreciating the services of Interior Designers more these days?
Slowly by slowly, yes. Kenyans are slowly embracing interior design at any stage of their construction works. We are engaged from conception of works, collaborating with architects while sometimes we are called in after the architect is done. Best works start from idea creation. This helps tie in exterior and interior designs creating a unified look.

What are the benefits of engaging the services of an Interior Designer to build the décor of one’s home?
Actually, designers rarely do decor. A lot of the work we do centers on creating solutions for spaces by making them useful and habitable. We plan spaces with regards to furniture size, spaces for access, lighting solutions, material finishes for floors and walls amongst other things. It is important to use a designer because they help you create spaces while considering principles and components of design and generally looking at the overall well being of the space user.

What attributes should I look for when interviewing an interior designer?
A portfolio of work. What someone has done before helps one gauge the extent of how far you can trust someone with creating spaces for you. For people without portfolios, (Probably when starting out), they definitely have references who can vouch for their work and work ethic while also, there are clients they may have had who can help you gauge. Interior design a lot of time, is about skill and not just pretty pictures. Listen to how they interact with the space. All in all, it’s about personal preferences.

Are the services of Interior Designers in Kenya expensive?
No. The services are charged according to client needs. If a client wants something expensive, they have to match that with a budget that works. The main thing to remember is that they should always stick to their budget. It may be in phases but you would rather have peace of mind at the end of the day rather than hate something because of duplicating quality.
What are some of the things to consider when redesigning ones home’s interior?

  • The budget.
  • The things one likes.
  • The materials one is interested in.
  • The things one want to change versus what one wants to keep.
  • The opinions of others that matter in the changes.
  • The designer’s advice.

What is your last word to anyone who wants to make over ones home?
Go for it, but also consider an expert’s advice. You can also go DIY (Do It Yourself) and it will work. Not everything we see in our friend’s places or online works for everyone, but there is definitely something for everyone

Nzisa is an Interior designer with two years of experience, she’s worked in design creating stellar spaces. She enjoys turning buildings into timeless stories you can enjoy. She is a graduate from the University of Nairobi’s School of Arts (Design) with a major in Interior Design, a trained Emergency Medical Technician-1 and an aspiring academician. When she’s not creating design concepts or writing, she volunteers in St. John Ambulance-Kenya (First Aid) and Interior Design Association of Kenya -IDAK (Social Media), reads just about anything and enjoys being photographed. She is also a regular blogger at keystrokesbynzisa@wordpress.com

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