Luxury Interior Designers London
Catherine Wilman Interiors is a luxury architectural interior design company based in West London. Our designers create high end, contemporary homes for residential clients and developers across the city and surrounding home counties. Timeless elegance is our goal on each project.
Our clients have great taste but are short of time. We are here to help. Read our Design Journey below to find out more about what we can achieve for you.
For more details about Catherine, read her Journey.
The Design Journey
Finding the right interior design company for a residential project in London can seem daunting. However, Catherine Wilman Interiors makes the process stress-free for our clients.
The fee for using an interior design service such as ours can be repaid many times over with savings made on a project.
Our design packages range from RIBA Stage 1- 6. By compiling a detailed Schedule of Works during the design stages, we avoid costly mistakes further down the line.
We start each project with an initial consultation and then visit a property to get an understanding of the space we are working with. This is the beginning of a close working relationship we have will our clients. And it's your chance to get to know us.
One of the first things a client will ask is the cost? Our fee varies depending on the complexity and timeframe of a project. Sometimes we charge a percentage of the overall budget, a flat design package fee or an hourly rate.
And Room Designs
The second stage is to produce detailed drawings of all the interior elements. Using these plans we produce layouts for furniture, lighting, flooring and wall finishes within the property. This takes us to the final layout, which is agreed with the client.
During the design process at Catherine Wilman Interiors, we pay particular attention to lighting plans to ensure they work with furniture layouts and room designs.
On a complex renovation, the untrained eye can overlook a simple design decision. For example, ensuring the electrical sockets are in the right place. It’s too late at the end of a project to realise you can’t place your new table lamp where you want it because the lead does not reach the power supply.
Creating Mood Boards
The next step is to create mood boards for colour schemes, window treatments, furniture, accessories, and art. Inspired by your personal style, our designers will put together ideas for you to consider.
We closely follow the latest trends and regularly attend international exhibitions including Maison & Objet in Paris to ensure we are at the forefront of contemporary interior design.
Once you are happy with our concept, we will work on the schemes for you to approve, and a budget for you to agree before work commences.
Keeping The Project
On Budget & On Time
Rather than starting a project on your own and not knowing how much the final cost will be, we compile a Schedule of Works with a breakdown of prices for each element of a project. This is an essential and complex calculation that can be overlooked by a non-professional.
Catherine Wilman says: “My job is about finding the right people to do the right job at the right time and for the right price. We have 20-years’ experience of putting budgets together and keeping to them.
"For the client, it means they know exactly how much everything is going to cost before any work has started.
"There are no surprises further down the line.”
At this stage we put the work out to tender from a pool of independent contractors we have worked with for many years. We always ensure the clients gets an extremely high standard of work for the best price. We liaise with the contractor and subcontractors such as electricians, plumbers and other specialists. If needed, we also work alongside the chosen architect.
We coordinate building, decoration for the project and oversee the installation of furniture and accessories. Clients do not need to wait at home for deliveries as they can be sent to our London storage.
Catherine Wilman learnt about great design from an early age. Her father John Wilman was one of the leading wallpaper designers in the UK and inspired the young ‘Kate’ to get involved in design.
John would often talk to her about his work as he laid out his latest ideas on the floor of their Cheshire home. She was also inspired by her mother's ideas during a six-year renovation of the family's old farmhouse. Observing the builders, stonemasons and other craftsmen working on the project showed Catherine how a neglected space can be transformed into a beautiful country home.
The young Catherine would often accompany her father to work at Coloroll. He had a large design team and it was exciting for her to see how the designs went from an idea to a manufactured product selling around the world.
When Catherine gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Interior Design and Architecture in London, it was a natural progression for her to join her father at the family business, as a junior designer. She quickly worked her way up to be in charge of organising the company’s exhibitions in the UK and Europe.
During her six years at the Lancashire-based company, she worked alongside many of the top interior stylists in London photographing home interiors for UK magazines, including Homes and Gardens, Living Etc, and Elle Decoration.
These days, Catherine's reputation continues to grow and she is creating homes of distinction for an international clientele. The secret to this success is her down-to-earth approach, enabling clients to feel comfortable about expressing their views. Catherine, her designers, and the client work together as a team and turn dreams into reality.
Our awards and nominations include:
First Time Buyer Awards – Best Show Home – L&Q