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Sophie Conran talks kitchen secrets, interior trends and more

The renowned interior designer reveals to KBB Ark the inspiration behind her iconic pink kitchen...
   Sophie Conran  |  written on: 31-08-2018 17:35pm


Talk us through your thoughts on colour palettes in the kitchen. What do you think will be popular next year?
A neutral palette will always work well as a base. Use pops of colour on top to brighten the effect - accessorising with vibrant details is a great way to add personality to your space.

Browse 1,000s of inspiring ideas for your kitchen redesign here

Next year, yellow is going to be big. It's a bright, optimistic colour, and is perfect for bringing a real feeling of joy to the kitchen.

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The walls in my own kitchen (shown below) are painted bright pink. My daughter chose the colour when she was very little; I was going to go for a chic grey and I am so glad I didn’t. 

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What's going to be trending in the world of autumn/winter 2018 interiors?
There's a huge trend at the moment for incorporating crafty, handmade twists into homes. Think less hard-edged designer and instead softer for-the-maker pieces.

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In terms of the bathroom, it's all heading back to nature. People will be aiming to create a holistic experience, with natural materials and wellness both big trends. In fact, think spa rather than bathroom!

Why are Scandinavian-inspired bathrooms proving so popular right now?

The story of my kitchen...
My kitchen is more of a shed than a kitchen. It’s where I have all my tools, as well as my utensils. At the centre - like a sports car - is my AGA, which I polish!

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It’s very hard to be unhappy when you’re in there. There is stuff everywhere! I have a lovely collection of old dairy jugs from 18th- and 19th-century dairies, and dairy bowls made out of glass. It's where I have written books, undertake recipe testing, where the kids have done their homework...

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My kitchen continues to be the heart of the home - I've been there 30 years and I never tire of it. I have two big German botanical prints from a school that I bought at an antiques fair. They were used in teaching in the 1940/50s. I also have an Eduardo Paolozzi collage and a painting of flowers from Belgrave St Ives.

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The table is marble and chairs are white tulip by Saarinen from the Conran Shop - both modern classics.

Browse Sophie's latest homeware collections at sophieconran.com.

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   Sophie Conran
Interior design expert Sophie Conran is the only daughter of designer and restaurateur Sir Terence Conran and food writer Caroline Conran. Sister to fashion designer Jasper, restaurateurs Tom and Ned and product designer Sebastian, Sophie is married and has two wonderful children. Find out more about her by visiting sophieconran.com'

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