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Inside the creative sanctuary of singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama

WordsMegan Lambert


She's sat in the studio with the likes of Elton John and performed her avant-garde shows across the globe. Still, earlier this year, the multi-hyphenate Rina Sawayama found time to catch up with Tash Bradley, our Lead Colour Specialist, to discuss her most colourful collaboration yet. A creative through-and-through she spent lockdown writing her second album and decorating her house.

A lover of all things colour, Rina was looking for a home that felt soft and peaceful whilst also adding character with her paint palette. "I love that Lick is very curated. With other companies, I feel like there's too much option, and it just stresses me out", Rina says (we know the feeling). It needed to be the perfect backdrop for her creative outputs. She wanted the rooms to feel large and spacious with a sense of flow between them and that cohesive colour scheme. Here's how we got the look.

Rina Sawayama’s musical “man cave” in Electric Poppies 02

This is where the magic happens, where Rina sits at her piano and writes her latest songs, so it needed to be an environment that inspires. "I wanted to create my own little den. I didn't have my own room until I was 15—and now I'm giving myself that space. I feel very safe here". Not only does Electric Poppies 02 act as a vibrant feature wall, but the texture from the wallpaper also helps to absorb the sound. Perfect then, for an in-house music studio. 

Get inspired by these feature wall ideas to get the look.

Rina Sawayama’s cosy kitchen in Red 03 and green accents

Here the pink and green palette continues in the form of Red 03 cupboards and that enviable green terrazzo splashback. Not only is this an environmentally conscious choice (it's made from stone cut-offs, making it more eco-friendly), but it looks absolutely fantastic.