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Property boom makes fortunes for designers

Kenya has emerged as a key real estate investment destination for regional and foreign investors. Every day a new building emerges as investors cash in on the sector’s boom.

The real estate industry is diverse ranging from residential to commercial properties and those in between, like lodges and hotels. Each one of them adopts a unique interior style.

“Interior designing has evolved with time. It is no longer the art of decorating sitting rooms and bedrooms but also involves the science of efficiently utilising the space available,” says Foresight Interiors sales and marketing manager, Metreen Wamalwa.

“One notable thing is that every developer has a unique style,” adds David Njenga, founder of Stardom Interiors.

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Njenga advises clients on the kind of materials or styles to adopt for the interiors based on their budgets and purpose of the property.

“Developers consult interior designers on the best amenities for their projects,” says Wamalwa.

To maximise on space, developers have adapted a modern technology of fixing appliances and using open plan kitchens.

They have also resorted to furnishing houses during the pre-sale period to increase property value and making them attractive to drive sales up.

Most of the clients or developers dealing with companies involved in interior design are vastly travelled or have access to the internet which serves as an inspirational source.

This has resulted in most interior design companies recruiting professionals in this field to help them stay at the top of their game.

Slowly, this sector has established strong roots in the country and experts say that it is experiencing a five to 10 per cent growth every year.

Since 2007, the demand for interior decoration products have produced significant growth in the sector, asserts Wamalwa.