One of Britain’s best-known names in interior design, Nina Campbell started out as an assistant to the legendary decorator John Fowler. Her solo career took off in the late Sixties when she redesigned Annabel’s club. Since 1984, her Walton Street store has become one of design’s most elegant addresses.
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However, for those that can’t to Chelsea, Nina’s Instagram account is a fine showcase of her instantly recognisable style. Here are just a few of the things we’ve learned from recent posts.
1. Wallpaper works in any size of room
This cheerful blue bedroom brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘box fresh’ and demonstrates that size should not be a blocker when it comes to papering an entire room. Its’s particularly adorable that Nina’s grandsons have claimed this as their “their bedroom”, and goes to show you that are never too young to appreciate good design.
2. Colour choice is everything
The power of colour always astounds us. It’s incredible that something as simple as a change of hue can transport you to another time and place, even when the motif remains the same. In pretty pale grey, Nina’s Fortoiseau tile wallpaper evokes a French home a la campagne, whereas in black, we shift back to the city, and back in time to the Twenties.
3. Every bedroom needs a chair
Not as a dumping ground for discarded clothes, we hasten to add, but ideally as a quiet spot for reflection. Here, Nina has picked out the green foliage of her Barrington wallpaper in the lush upholstery of the Mabel chair. It’s a neat little arrangement that can be replicated in rooms large and small.
4. Camo isn’t just for the military
There’s something a little ironic in a print that allows soldiers to go unnoticed becoming the pattern to be seen in homes and gardens. But with this contemporary monochrome fabric, Nina is once again leading the way. Grandsons, you’re not the only ones that think ‘Nanny Nina’ is ‘cool’…
5. Braving a one-colour approach pays off
It may be seen as a thoroughly modern decorating tactic, but Nina has long know the power of clashing pattern. Adhering to one key colour palette makes the job of pulling the scheme together easier, while using romantic motifs such as toile softens a bold choice.
6. Wallpaper can be a ‘rock n roll’ backdrop, literally…
There’s something gloriously unexpected about the use of Nina’s Farfalla wallpaper as a backdrop to a wedding band. And the addition of balloons – huge this autumn/winter – in complementary colours brings extra jollity to proceedings. Translating this idea to the home, a similar screen could be used as a room divider.
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