Kelly Hoppen is THE queen of luxury interiors, with a list of celebrity clients (including the Beckhams) and step-mum to actress Sienna Miller.
Since the 1980s, London-based interior designer Kelly Hoppen has become a household name in the style capitals of the world. Often infusing her Western interiors with objects chosen with an Eastern philosophy, she is a master of visual yin-yang. In Kelly’s eyes, cramming a room full of different colours and textures can overcrowd it: “A room is a beautiful thing, a space to make your own, and I feel that neutral colour palettes always complement best.”
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Characteristically, Hoppen works in a color scheme that blends neutral shades—soft taupes, rich chocolates and warm beiges—which she contrasts with dark wood that adds rigorous linearity to the lush softness of the fabric choices (suede, wool, linen, cashmere). “I like the palette’s simplicity,” she says. “Not only is it easy to work with and pair different colours, textures and fabrics to, it also screams luxury. These tones complement any splashes of colour or excitement you want to add to the room.”
Her tactile approach to design adds depth and texture, and a sensuality that makes us want to touch everything. For example, chain-mail-and-cotton blinds replace conventional window treatments. Overhead spotlights directed at the innovative window dressings create a sexy glistening effect, surpassing the wow factor that she has sought to achieve from the outset.
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“White is a truly versatile color,” says Kelly Hoppen, who frequently uses a whole array of white tones on her projects. “Taupe and sand may work against each other,” she says, “but white works happily with both. It also loves bold accent colors such as red, purple or navy blue.”
Typically, Hoppen pairs white with nearly black, but with not black itself. “Black lacquer surfaces in particular can be very harsh in contrast to pure white walls,” she instructs, “so choose the rich deep chocolate shades of dark woods such as wenge or stained oak for a softer edge.” If, on the other hand, you really want a pure black, she recommends pairing it with a light neutral instead of true white.
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