About the Author
Kelly Hoppen MBE is one of the world’s most influential interior designers. Her unique design aesthetic combines luxury with simplicity and has won her international acclaim and a huge following. Her celebrated interior design studio, Kelly Hoppen Interiors, has completed international schemes for residential and commercial properties, yachts and private jets, as well as the interiors for British Airways’ first-class cabins. She also runs her own successful design school, where she shares her design secrets and offers advice to home decorators. Kelly’s ability to inspire informal living by combining style with simple glamour is key to her successful range of home furnishings and accessories, sold through in outlets worldwide. Her elegant aesthetic has also been captured and made available to the mass market through an exclusive diffusion line for QVC in the UK. In 2010 Kelly also made the transition into fashion design with her collection of luxury organic clothing to wear at home. Her first TV series, Superior Interiors, in which she helped transform domestic homes, was aired on Channel 5 in Autumn 2011. Receiving an MBE in 2009 for services to interior design marked the pinnacle of her design career to date. Kelly adds her MBE to numerous awards which include Andrew Martin International Designer of the Year Award, EWAA Woman of Achievement Award, GRAZIA Designer of the Year, plus awards from Elle Decoration and Homes & Garden, and many more. Kelly’s previous bestselling books include Kelly Hoppen Home, Kelly Hoppen Style and Kelly Hoppen Ideas.
With Kelly Hoppen Style, Kelly lays out her golden rules of decorating. Inspirational room shots are combined with simple text explaining each room design together with specific advice on suitable lighting, fabrics and accessories to create a feeling of calm and balance. Drawing upon her fabulous portfolio of projects, Kelly begins by addressing the potential space of a room and how other key aspects such as light, scale and mood, symmetry and balance all need consideration -and then offers her inspired design solutions. Kelly provides a checklist of golden rules for each subject to help you make an accurate assessment of how to design the most beautiful and useful room and explains the importance of fundamental elements such as surfaces, materials, equipment and lighting. The first chapter, ‘Hallmark Style’, focuses on the influences and inspirations that are inherent in Kelly’s design work and shows how organic materials and shapes can add drama and visual impact to an interior. From here, each subsequent chapter focuses on building up the layers of decoration: ‘Colour and Texture’, in which Kelly uses examples of her own decorative schemes to demonstrate how you can visualise a scheme with the aid of fabric and paint swatches, ‘Lighting Schemes’ offers ideas of how to balance the lighting in a room and ‘Decorative Lighting’ describes the different ways in which light fittings can enhance a space with glamour or decadence. The final chapter, ‘Room Details’, brings together the decorative touches that make a home and Kelly covers the essentials from cabinetry to soft furnishings, accessories and display. She also provides a comprehensive list of suppliers, ranging from soft furnishings and paint manufacturers to picture framers and lighting specialists. Armed with Kelly Hoppen’s Golden Rules of Design, turning your home into a sanctuary of style and sophistication has never been easier.