KELLY HOPPEN, interior designer and currently one of the dragons on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den, whose new book is Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How To Achieve The Home Of Your Dreams, says the importance of home cannot be underestimated.
“The moment we cross our threshold, we should feel the cares slip from our shoulders and be able to enjoy being cocooned in comfort, safety and warmth,” she says.
“Our homes are, after all, our greatest asset, not just financially but also for our sense of wellbeing and happiness.”
HOPPEN’S TIPS ON CREATING A DREAM HOME: Good planning is essential, she says. “Write a wish list for your home. Don’t worry about colour palettes, fabric choices or furniture at this stage - rather describe the atmosphere, the style of decoration you like, the things that will make you most happy, and how you want others to feel when they walk through the door.”
HOPPEN’S 2014 TREND TIPS:
“This year there will be a bigger emphasis on modular and structured designs,” she predicts. “Lighting will play an ever increasing role as its power is understood more. Good lighting is like a layer of magic dust sprinkled over everything - it affects mood more than any other factor and is not a design ingredient you should ever skimp on.”
HOW CAN YOUR BOOK HELP?: “This is my way of holding someone’s hand through the journey of designing a home,” she says.
“That starts from analysing the space they have and determining how best to use it, to resolving choices of flooring, fabrics, furniture and lighting.
“I show people beautiful homes throughout the world whose interiors I have designed. But most importantly, the book provides the tools and insight for people to achieve their own version of a Kelly Hoppen interior, if they desire, but more than that, I hope they can design a home that is all about them.”
GET THE LOOK: Characteristically, Hoppen uses symmetry, such as a pair of low coffee tables or a pair of lamps to help bring a serene feeling of order, and taupe is her trademark shade.
Kelly Hoppen Crystal Lamp with Shade, £249, and Kelly Hoppen Pussy Willow in Rounded Glass Vase, £42, both QVC (www.qvcuk.com). Emily Textured Vase, £45; Wide Mirror Vase, £35; Long Mirror Vase, £32; decorative Small Resin Coral Sponge, from £17, all by Kelly Hoppen (www.Kellyhoppen.com).
Kelly Hoppen Design Masterclass: How To Achieve The Home Of Your Dreams by Kelly Hoppen is published by Jacqui Small, priced £40. Available to readers for £32 (inc p&p). Call 01903 828 503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote offer code APG46