We talk to our favourite in­te­rior de­sign­ers about their work and ask them to share their styling tips

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Who is he? Any­one who has watched Daniel Hopwood as a judge on BBC 2’s The Great In­te­rior De­sign Chal­lenge will know that he has an affin­ity for colour. Grow­ing up, he was in­stinc­tively drawn to the world of in­te­ri­ors. ‘I was one of the lucky few – I al­ways knew that I wanted to go into in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture, but that def­i­ni­tion didn’t ex­ist when I started,’ re­calls Hopwood, who set up his Lon­don stu­dio nearly 15 years ago. He trained as an ar­chi­tect at the Polytech­nic of Cen­tral Lon­don (now the Univer­sity of West­min­ster) – ‘ but fo­cused on the in­side of build­ings’. He also stud­ied the crafts of gild­ing and carv­ing, and spent sev­eral months at the Prince of Wales’ In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture learn­ing about clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture, which led to his first com­mis­sion: de­sign­ing a house for Colin Amery, an ad­vi­sor to the Prince of Wales at the time. What’s his style? His projects dif­fer wildly – from a bold bach­e­lor pad to a grand stucco ter­raced house with a muted colour pal­ette – but what unites them is his col­lab­o­ra­tive way of work­ing. ‘I’m there to cel­e­brate some­one’s per­son­al­ity through their home, and I want them to be a part of the process,’ says Hopwood, who of­ten asks clients to make a Pin­ter­est board of in­te­rior im­ages that they like and dis­like. ‘My job is to en­cour­age peo­ple to be self-ex­pres­sive in their homes, but also prac­ti­cal.’ Any re­cent projects? Hopwood’s work is usu­ally res­i­den­tial, but ear­lier this year, he com­pleted a pent­house show­room apart­ment at the new Dol­lar Bay de­vel­op­ment in Ca­nary Wharf. ‘Com­mer­cial projects don’t have a per­son­al­ity to push against, so I of­ten in­vent one be­long­ing to the sort of per­son who might buy that home,’ he says. This year, Hopwood also up­dated his own home in Maryle­bone (above and near left) and in­jected some trop­i­cal pat­tern into the home of a newly mar­ried cou­ple in Lon­don (far left).

What is he cur­rently work­ing on?

The in­te­rior of Ali­men­tum, a top restau­rant in Cam­bridge. ‘It’s go­ing to be classy with a lit­tle cheek­i­ness,’ he prom­ises. He says: ‘Al­ways re­mem­ber – it’s only paint. If you try pur­ple in the hall­way and hate it, you can paint over it.’ (daniel­hop­

‘I’m there to cel­e­brate some­one’s per­son­al­ity through their home, and I want them to be a part of the process’

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