Kelly Hoppen shares her expertise and creative intuition on what makes a great show home interior
At the ripe young age of 16 Kelly Hoppen was given the chance to flaunt her extraordinary creative talent when she was asked to design a friend’s kitchen. Ever since this fateful first commission, Kelly’s career has gone from strength to strength and she is now one of the biggest names in British interior design.
Fondly recognised and admired for her delicately synchronized synthesis of East and West, a natural palette and clean lines, affectionate warmth and delightful opulence, Kelly has been the recipient of a string of prestigious design awards, including being made an MBE for her services to interior design in 2009.
With more than 37 years at the vanguard of the interior design industry firmly under her belt, Kelly Hoppen naturally understands the importance of show home interiors and how to achieve an optimum show home design.
New i.d Interiors had the privilege to catch up with this remarkably creative British interior designer to talk the importance of an eye-catching show home, using colour schemes, lighting, textures and space.
First impressions are everything
When it comes to buying property, first impressions are of vital importance as our initial engagement with a property immediately tells us whether we could or couldn’t call the property ‘home’. As Kelly Hoppen shrewdly states:
“An appealing and beautiful show-home is important, as first impressions mean a lot to some people. As soon as you enter the home you want to be able to see yourself living there with all of your precious belongings that you have collected over the years and are able to picture the walls covered in your cherished photographs and memories. The main factor is that the potential buyer sees himself/ herself being able to feel at home in that space.”
Neutrality, texture and space
Kelly then talks about the significance of keeping décor neutral and using textures in a show home in order to create a greater sense of space to a potential buyer.
“I would tend to keep the colour theme very neutral. Famous for my neutral palette, I would stick to tones of taupe, blacks and whites. By keeping everything neutral, this helps prospective buyers to experience their possible new. Buying a property is a large investment so it is important to experience the space. Try to use textures that work in every circumstance. They can be layered in different ways to create a space that is comfortably glamorous without appearing tough and cold,” the interior designer advises.
Let there be light
Entering a show home that is dark, dingy and has little natural daylight hardly makes us want to make an immediate offer on the property. On the other hand, hordes of daylight flooding into a room can generate the feeling of space, as Kelly says:
“Natural light is a huge part of creating a room. It creates an illusion that the rooms are larger than they are whilst making it feel fresh and light.”
Of course not every property is blessed with large windows and if a huge amount of natural lighting isn’t available in a home, Kelly advises installing lots of lights.
“Big open windows are great and if this isn’t an option then lots of lighting. Floor lights are always a fantastic way of spicing up a room – something different and original, or maybe some art deco lamps placed throughout the room.”
Having put her unique creative hallmark on properties and design projects around the world, being the author of seven – soon to be eight – interior design books and striving to make her own design ethos available to the masses, oh and not to mention becoming a new dragon on Dragon’s Den, when it comes to creating a great interior for show homes, who are we to argue with Kelly Hoppen?