Hoppen happy driving forward in neutral
“Creating a sense of theatre is essential in any living space,” declares interior designer Kelly Hoppen, and the dramatic settings in her home, a converted auction house in central London, amply prove her point.
“I bought the building as a shell with nothing but a floor, an impressively high ceiling and the structural columns,” she says proudly, gesturing at the vast open-plan living area that runs from an entrance hall at one end through to the study at the other, with living and dining areas in between.
The space is decorated in her signature shades of taupe and white.
“I’m not frightened of colour, but neutrals are who I am. It’s worked as my signature colourway for 40 years and I’ll continue the Hoppen style,” she insists.
“I passionately believe a palette of neutrals – whether taupe, sand or cream based – can provide a serene and harmonious backdrop, against which to layer the colour and activity in your life.
“I like the way they make me feel, as much as they way they look.
“But whichever family of neutrals I choose to work with on a project, House Of Hoppen by Kelly Hoppen, photography by Vincent Knapp and Mel Yates, is published by Jacqui Small, priced £50. Available to readers for special price of £40 (including p&p). Visit www.QuartoKnows. com and enter code HOP20 (offer valid until June 30) textural contrast is always absolutely key, to add richness, depth and character,” she adds.
Personality abounds throughout the home. The glamorous master bathroom – “probably my favourite room” – has a marble bath, set on an under-lit plinth, inspired by a lotus flower.
“I also love our study, which is similar to a collector’s room, housing a history of the old auction house as well as books, art and objects,” she confides.
“I still believe open-plan is essential to the way we live. I love using glass partitions if I want to create intimate areas and add depth.”
Designer Kelly Hoppen’s living room and bedroom in converted auction house
Kelly Hoppen in her central London home