The founder and creative director of Firmdale Hotels has a much-aped style – and for good reason. We love these three looks – here’s how to get them at home.

Kit Kemp is an internationally acclaimed interior designer who just so happens to also be behind the ever-chic Firmdale Hotels. Informal and unafraid to use colour and pattern, we love her signature joyful interiors, which are cosy yet contemporary. She once told House & Garden, ‘In my sitting room, the chairs are covered in a mishmash of playful, bright fabrics. Felt figures have been appliqued on a green armchair; and clash in the best possible way with an orange Ben¬nison fabric. Never take things at face value; mix old furniture with new fabrics. Be as bold as you dare.' Words to live by.

Here we take a look at three of her best designs – and plot how to steal her style.

Look 1: Pinterest/ House & Garden Magazine

This classic Kit Kemp look is textural and warm yet ultra-contemporary. Here’s how to steal it.

A Prin

Frames, £125

For really special frames, we love A.Prin. These will instantly add a unique pop of colour to any wall.


Hand-Painted Lacquered Curved Reeded Picture Frames, £95

Our favourite new discovery is a beautiful hand-painted lacquered reeded frame. Paint yours in bright red to get the look.

Kings Court Galleries

Zodiac Sign, £48

We would frame a selection of these giclée fine art reproductions on watercolour paper.

Jan Constantine

Alpine Doves Cushion, £125

Kit Kemp is a huge fan of felt, embroidered cushions. Ape her style with these Jan Constantine alpine dove embroidered ones.

Look 2: Pinterest/ House & Garden Magazine

Who wouldn’t want to dive into this plump orange sofa, or kick up their legs on this beautiful ottoman? Here’s how to steal the look.

Love Your Home

Byron Piped Sofa, from £1365

We love this orange contrasting piped sofa. Get the look with a Byron and choose the fabric yourself.


Crescent Lamp In White Marble, £205

This sculptural lamp is a showstopper. Get the look with Pooky’s Crescent table lamp in white marble.

Saatchi Art

Rosalina Bojadschijew, £168

This acrylic pink neon flowers painting would look incredible with a contrasting neon hand-painted frame.

Look 3: Pinterest/ Kit Kemp

The perfect guest bedroom is welcoming, warm and comfortable, as well as chic. This is how Kit Kemp styles hers – and this is how we’d steal it.

Christopher Farr

Lost And Found Fabric, £210

We love a huge, statement headboard and if you’re going to do it properly, John Haswell is the master of upholstery. Choose one of his beautiful fabrics and let him work his magic.

Jane Clayton

Thibaut Haven Wallpaper, £138 per roll

We love the cosiness of this room, in particular the warm tone of the wallpaper. Get the look with this Haven wallpaper, by Thibaut.

Scumble Goosie

2 Drawer Empire Chest, £239

We really like the simplicity of the bedside table here. Achieve this look with one of our favourites, Scumble Goosie. If you fancy a cheerier colour, choose from an array of colours and finishes.

Zara Home

Faded Linen Valance Sheet, from £69.99

A bed valance will complete this whole look. These ones from Zara Home are spot on.

By Lucy Abletshauser
May 2022

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