As part of our new blog features, we take a look at some of the leading figures in the British design world, and discuss how they have inspired the Ecora team with their style leadership.
First up, we look at designer, entrepreneur and TV personality Kelly Hoppen MBE, whose taste and style we hugely admire here at Ecora. Here’s the three top things we love about Kelly and her work, as illustrated by some of her inspirational quotes.
“I am convinced that a calm, quiet and harmonious interior can be as beneficial to health as a sensible diet and regular exercise”
A Kelly Hoppen interior is all about balance - a yin-yang scheme of dark and pale, using a palette of neutral colours and contrasting textures. Beware too much oppressive or dark colours to imitate Kelly Hoppen style.
"The detail in our projects is so couture it's like going to Chanel for a gown” (from a 2007 interview with the Telegraph)
While she may be know as the Queen of Taupe, Kelly’s netural colour schemes never fall flat thanks to the inclusion of specially selected texture, for example quality linens, crushed velvet, fur rugs or the juxtaposition of antiques alongside glossy new furniture. The key is to keep these as focus features, not overpowering the sense of calm within an interior.
“A home should be where you feel joy and happiness. It should feel like your own space, reflective of the spirit, life and loves of the people who live there”
A known appreciator of energy flows within a home, Kelly advocates the use of natural light and fresh air within a living space, as well as incorporating natural elements such as wood carvings or metals to encourage a positive flow of energy. Ensure to keep work and living spaces clutter free to truly enjoy the space and energy too.
Looking to imitate the style of Kelly Hoppen for your own home? Take a look at some of Ecora's glossy black woods, or pale brushed greys floors, as a great neutral base. Add flair and style with quality accessories from our home range. Call into our London showroom any time to find a style perfectly suited to your tastes!
Above from L-R: Our Oak Long Acre, one of the darkest floors in our range, brushed it to enhance the grain, our delicious grey of our Oak Hampstead White wood, and stylish features from our Ecora Home range