I’ve discussed my giddy obsession with the late interior designer David Hicks before. In my opinion, his bold geometric patterns, decadent drapes and dark walls, plus a clever use of modern art and striking furniture, make him the undisputed king of decorating.
As we head into a second year of – seriously FML – lockdown, I’m increasingly finding solace poring over photos of his work. There’s a sense of desperately-needed escapism to his schemes with their clashing colours and sexy 1960s vibes. Louche, decadent and above all joyful, they’re proof that interiors can be uplifting.
As we approached this issue, dedicated to transforming your space at the start of a new season, this idea of its mood-boosting effects was at the forefront of our minds. We’ve researched rigorously, making sure the elements featured quicken the pulse or leave you breathless with excitement. I truly believe that home improvements are the perfect way to raise the spirits, sticking two fingers up to the pandemic and forging a way forward in refreshed surroundings. No wonder ‘Choose decorating not despair!’ is my new mantra.
As ever, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to, finding the best new-season wallpapers, fabrics and paints. There’s an incredible 135 of them in fact, so we’ve got you covered whatever your taste or project planned. We’ve also spoken to the great and good of the interior design world, including Dimorestudio’s Emiliano Salci, a modern-day Hicks who welcomes us into his richly decorated new apartment. It proves anything is possible, even during lockdown.
Remember, what ELLE Decoration offers is advice and inspiration, it’s not dictatorial. I often think of this quote by Hicks: ‘The best rooms have something to say about the people who live in them.’ He was spot-on. At the end of the day, you and your personality should be at the centre of any work you do on your home.
The pandemic in many ways has flipped our decorating desires. There’s nothing like being confined to your four walls for almost 12 months to make you feel it’s time for a change. I know committed maximalists who are ditching the loud wallpapers for a touch of Japanese zen, all pale woods and white paint. Other friends are going more Hicks with their interior renovations, which I couldn’t be more thrilled about.
Essentially, it’s all about having an emotional connection with your surroundings. Nowhere is this more important than in the kitchen – the room which is the beating heart of any vibrant abode. Alongside this issue you’ll find Volume 6 of ELLE Decoration Kitchens, our definitive 54-page bible, covering all things to do with this most important of spaces. It’s your guide to ensuring this sometimes panic-inducing project can be a source of fun too, so enjoy!
In this month’s issue you’ll find…
- Mood-boosting decorating ideas – plus new season fabrics, paints and wallpapers
- Interiors packed with personality & positive vibes
- Farrow & Ball's colourful take on Scandi style
- The home working investment pieces to buy now
- Our kitchen guide 2021 – trends to try, brands to know and materials to master
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