Hop­pen happy driv­ing for­ward in neu­tral

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - INDOORLIVING -

“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

Pic­ture: PA Photo/Pal Hansen.

Kelly Hop­pen in her cen­tral Lon­don home

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