Interview: Rebecca Hughes

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Rebecca Hughes established her own interior design company in 2012. Since then, her and her team have designed and completed numerous projects throughout the UK, across central Europe and also in the far East. Her style utilises the existing architecture of buildings which is enhanced by selected interior finishes and mixing natural fabrics such as linens, silks, cashmere and velvet with natural elements like marble, zinc and timber.

What inspired you to become an interior designer?

I started my career working in advertising as part of the Leo Burnett Group that specialises in creating communications for fashion, beauty and world leading luxury brands. This was invaluable platform for me, learning core skills that have transferred seamlessly to the world of interiors. Inspired by my husband, I decided to follow my creative instincts and re-train in Interior Design. On reflection, even as a child I constantly moved furniture around my bedroom, changed window treatments and painted walls – the environment that surrounds me dramatically influences my wellbeing and creativity.

What trends are you most excited about at the moment?

It’s always good to look at the Pantone ‘Colour of the Year’ for an indication of what is going to be a big trend. Greenery is a bright, zesty, strong green. In isolation it can be overpowering, yet when used within natural landscapes it almost appears as a neutral tone. We have been embracing strong botanical prints on cushions, lamps or artwork. I particularly like Rosanna Lonsdale’s ‘Palm Leaf’ lamp base and Oka’s ‘Small Botanical Framed Prints, set of 3’. Also, Soho Farmhouse successfully used a beautiful botanical print on the banquette in their ‘Pen Yen’ restaurant. If you’re not ready to go all out green, try adding a luscious plant to your living space, the truest form of ‘Greenery’.

Is there a colour combination that you think works well together?

We’re currently designing a large open plan living / dining / study space for a client in London and I’ve fallen in love with the scheme. The canvas is an array of off-white, cream and sofa grey but then we have accented it with navy, maroon purple and olive green. The overall effect is one of richness and sophistication – I can’t wait to see it come together.

Can you tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on at the moment?

We are working on a number of residential projects at the moment; this includes a Townhouse in Kensington, family home in Wimbledon and large country estate in Oxfordshire.

What is your favourite fabric from Chase Erwin?

One of our favourite fabrics is the Delphi sheer; the double width is an added bonus when dressing windows. We also use a lot of Diva, the silk works really well on lampshades and there is a wide selection of colours.

What would be your dream project to work on?

My dream project would be to work on a high-end boutique hotel. The idea of creating a luxurious sanctuary for design-conscious guests would be a lot of fun.

Finally, What makes you select CE fabrics for projects?

We recently selected Jerry Pair Leather for some dining chairs and were amazed by the quality and finish. Fabulous products coupled with good customer service make us come back again and again. I also personally love their new range of accessories; readymade cushions and 100% wool throws make a great addition to our interiors.

Many thanks to Rebecca for chatting with us. From the whole CE team X