ask the experts5 min read

Meet the interior designer: Kelly Hoppen CBE

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE with Lick wallpaper and modern wallpaper borders

WordsFrankie Marqueé


Kelly Hoppen CBE is one of the most well-known figures on the interiors circuit thanks to her enduring style and mastery of neutrals. You can imagine then just how excited we were to curate a range of colors and wallpaper designs with her. By combining the queen of neutrals' eye for design with our color expertise, together we created our Timeless Neutrals color palette, as well as an array of wallpapers and modern wallpaper borders.

Read on to meet Kelly Hoppen CBE; the interior designer, product designer, author and TV personality.

Kelly in brief

Clean lines and neutral tones, warmth and opulence, East meets West – that’s Kelly Hoppen home’s trademark and what’s put her on the map as one of the most sought-after interior designers on the planet. She’s kind of a big deal.

From super yachts and private jets of the rich and famous to hotels and homes, her portfolio is one that spans four decades, countless continents and has scooped up an impressive number of awards and accolades (an MBE in 2009 followed by a CBE in 2020 no less for her commitment to British creativity and international business).

Having co-designed the likes of rugs, tiles and fabrics in the past, now, she takes on color creation alongside our resident color specialists to blend six tonal neutrals from easy greys to the beige that’s been missing from her design life for forty years and counting.


How would you describe your signature style?

KH: “Purist luxury fusing East and West to create balanced harmonious interiors.”

Which interior trend inspires you the most?

KH: “I don’t follow trends and never have. I follow instinct and am inspired by my clients’ wishes using my physiology of design based on layering of textures of every sort and the creation of space using my signature grid line methods.”

What’s the story behind these six colors you’ve created for Lick?

KH: “My love of the 'perfect neutrals’ is long documented. Over the years I have used certain palettes of fabrics that have resulted in me creating the perfect basic six colors that will work in any interior design scheme.” Psst… read our tips on how to style all six colors.


If you could describe the palette in one sentence, what would it be?

KH: “The perfect neutral palette to enhance any design.”