In the second of our occasional series about inspirational interior designers, we look at Nina Campbell's timeless style
Nina launched her interior design service in the 1970s and quickly acquired a reputation for her strong sense of style. Alongside creating beautiful homes for the world’s great and good, she owns a shop selling fabulous interior gems and her collections of fabrics, wallpapers and home accessories. Nina has a tremendous wit, which is apparent in her designs. Her biggest design influence was Elsie de Wolfe.
Classic with a contemporary twist, Nina's style combines colour, comfort and practicality. She favours colours such as robin's egg blue, reds for warmth and magenta and chartreuse for punch, but also lives by having a good set of neutrals to use as background.
Florals are some of Nina’s favourite patterns - she has revitalised them in a crisp colour palette that gives them a contemporary feel (pictured here, Nina's Hatings armchair in Montacute fabric).
Nina has recently worked on private houses in China, Gstaad, New York, Jordan and London (pictured here: a Chelsea townhouse), as well as many hotels, including Outlaw's at The Capitol Hotel, Ellenborough Park Hotel Cheltenham and The Draycott, London.
Nina also designs fabrics and wallpapers for Osborne & Little. Her Rosslyn collection is inspired by the romantic beauty of the Highland.
Don't be afraid of playing with colour and pattern but don't over decorate and do everything at once - you need to leave space for collecting things along the way and adding to your room. Never overlook practicalities and always buy the best of anything that your particular budget will allow.
You should always add your own stamp and personal twist to a room and decorate it in a style which will suit how you like to live. Ask yourself: do you like to entertain, do you have children or dogs running in and out? Work out the function of the room before you set out decorating it. Have fun!
Shop for Nina Campbell products, such as the Jewel and Optic vses from her glassware collection (pictured) at 9 Walton Street, SW3 2JD, or online, www.ninacampbell.com