“A house has got to be comforting.” This is a philosophy that interior designer Kate Bell is somehow managing to apply to her own home despite the upper floor being under renovation. Upstairs may be a “bomb site”, as she puts it, but downstairs is warm and welcoming with a colour palatte and selection of surfaces and fabrics that the visitor wants to take in with both the eyes and the fingertips. “I like texture, linen fabric, jute rugs, Carrara marble, raw concrete, Moroccan tiles and pops of colour,” says Kate.
Two of Kate’s essential comforting elements that she brings to her homes are lamplight and art. She says, “Danish designers are big on lamp light. I really hate down-lights and like to have lamps in most corners. As soon as I get home I rush around and switch them all on.” There is a definite Danish feel to Kate’s work. Pale timber flooring, top quality joinery, clean lines plus a clear understanding of scale, relating to how humans can optimise the space they have, in order to live well.