The psychological implications of charcoal are considerable.

It creates protective barriers, as it absorbs all the energy coming towards you, and it enshrouds the personality. Positively, it communicates absolute clarity, with no fine nuances, sophistication and uncompromising excellence.

Charcoal is a colour people usually reserve for kitchens and bathrooms, but it has more uses beyond that. While still very neutral, it’s a braver choice than some of its lighter shades. A colour this sophisticated can bring a touch of modernity into any room.

The hue is often used to accentuate, if not enhance, other colours, and is very versatile in that sense. Pair it with muted tones for a classy, relaxed vibe or go wild with bright shades of blue and greens for a more upbeat atmosphere. It works best when paired with an equally strong shade, like mustard or teal.

We love working with DULUX colours due to their wide range of colour choices.

Our favourite Charcoal DULUX range:

DULUX 30BB10/019, DULUX 00NN13/000, DULUX 00NN07/000


This rich, earthy shade of grey can be used in many forms. A matte paint can add a sleek finish to kitchen joinery or an old fireplace, charcoal-hued upholstery paired with blush cushions create a more feminine space and the colour pairs well with any sort of industrial style furniture.

Charcoal is often found in nature, think stones and storm clouds and works well with most natural materials, such as woods and marbles. It can also be used to modernise a room, or to make it more formal (depending on styling). Here at KLD, we use charcoal paint in some of our showrooms to add a cosy, classy feel, and large square tiles in kitchens and bathroom for a modern touch.






Fit Out Awards finalists!

It has been a hectic few weeks at KLD but a very fun few! We are thrilled to announce that we are finalists for this years Fit Out Awards… and in four categories!
The awards are this Thursday and there is a certain buzz in the office; a mix of excitement of a much deserved team night out combined with the prospect of some awards.

The categories we are up for are the following:
– Fit out practice of the year – Kingston Lafferty Design
– Young fit out designer of the year – Roisin Lafferty
– International project of the year – Tootoomoo, London
– Residential project of the year – Ranelagh Residence

Tootoomoo Whetstone is a recently finished, Pan Asian restaurant that we completed. This was a very fun project to work on

The brief was to create a bustling restaurant + takeaway space showcasing Tootoomoo’s Pan Asian street food brand within the London suburb of Whetstone. The fourth addition to the Tootoomoo takeaway + restaurant chain, needed to expand their existing, loyal customer base and gain a name for itself for both the strong design and the Asian cuisine.

A key client objective was to refine and develop the existing identity and showcase the brand as a real contender within the competitive London restaurant market. The inspiration for the new restaurant comes from a mix of Asian influences including the bustling street markets of Bangkok, the well-known Singapore Shophouse architectural style, as well as Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese influences. Authentic ethnicity was integral to the design (and also the food) and this was found using the right balance of Asian influence, which would marry successfully with the sophisticated London surroundings.

Tootoomoo - Interior Design
Kitchen bar
Tootoomoo - Interior Design
Main restaurant area with custom basket lighting and printed tables
Tootoomoo - Interior Design
Entrance view with retail wall and kitchen
Tootoomoo - Interior Design
Kitchen and nook seating area
Tootoomoo - Interior Design
Main dining space and mirrored cocktail bar


The other project that we are shortlisted for is Ranelagh Residence. Fingers crossed it is a good night!

Press and Award Nomination….exciting stuff!

It has been all go over the past few weeks for Kingston Lafferty Design. After a lot of hard work, we have been getting some great recognition! We have been shortlisted for 3 design awards as part of the Fit Out Awards 2013! This is very exciting as a lot of the entrants are large companies, so it is nice to get shortlisted with them! We are shortlisted for Small Retail Space of the year with the Renova Showroom Design. We are also shortlisted for the Design Practice of the Year and I am shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year. In addition to that we are shortlisted for the IDI awards in the Residential Interior Design category. All very exciting!!

In addition to that excitement we have been featured in some press items too including a 2 page spread in the Sunday Times, a news piece in Image Interiors and Living magazine and a news piece in House and Home magazine.

See some of the award entries below:
Entry for Fit Out Awards

Entry for IDI Awards