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Inspired by Kelly’s Ikat Wallpaper

Carole King

Carole King is an interior designer and Associate Member of the BIID.  She is co-founder and joint EIC of Heart Home magazine, the UK's first and leading digital only, interiors magazine which promotes British design and champions independent designers.  She also catalogues all of her design inspirations on Dear Designer's Blog which is her personal journal.  More recently Heart Home has launched a fully interactive iPad App which includes all of the content of the magazine but in a tablet-user friendly format.

We are massive fans of Kelly Hoppen here at Heart Home and her latest collection for Graham and Brown is her best yet!  We are particularly taken with the Ikat design which is a contemporary take on one of the oldest forms of textile decoration and is common to many world cultures. It’s traditionally a resist dyeing technique similar to tie-dye and it’s translation onto wallpaper is stunning.

Our favourite colour combination?  Prussian blue and white.
It lends itself spectacularly to a restrained palette of white with touches of silver and gold. 
The Jonathan Adler screen (3) imitates the graphic pattern repeat and the Ella Doran rug (10) adds a touch of texture as well as comfort underfoot.  More texture is included in the knitted Heals cushion (6) and the Allegra Hicks armchair from (7). We love the modern shape of the armchair by the way. It’s perfect for the corner of a bedroom or study.  As is the six drawer console (5) also from Jonathan Adler with its eastern inspired handles. The Tom Dixon pendant (1) and the starburst mirror from Marks and Spencer (2) add glamour and sheen.  Just add a few well chosen accessories (4), (8) and (9) and you have a scheme that complements the strong pattern on the wall without detracting from it.

If your taste runs to a more traditional decorating scheme, just swap the white elements of the room with some polished wood and black accents.
The Jonathan Adler screen also comes in walnut (2) as does the mirror from Heals (3).  The black lacquer chest (5) from Orchid Furniture introduces a strong oriental theme to the look and the black lamp from Heathfield (1) and temple jar, also from Orchid Furniture (8) carry on the black colour scheme.  The CH25 low Chair (7) from the Conran Shop, the faux fur throw (6) from John Lewis and the Benni rug (10) from Heals all add texture.  Again, well chosen accessories (4) and (9) both from Oka Direct complete the scheme.

Which scheme do you prefer?