Having moved to Essex last year with her partner Eddie and daughter Betsy, Denise Van Outen has well and truly made their house a lovely home. Here she gives us a tour of one of her favourite rooms inspired by her love of India, and chats us through her interior style plus her tips for bringing a room to life.
Welcome to my India room! When we bought this house a few years ago, everywhere was muted, beige and grey, very very simple. My style is far more quirky, I love colour and pattern and I really wanted to create a guest room that felt like a total treat to stay in and made people’s visit really memorable for them. It’s not your typical bedroom decor, but a space that feels luxurious and exotic, and I love that about it.
The window shutters actually inspired me first, they remind me of the rooms I’ve stayed in in India. I hold such happy memories from my trips there, I’ve totally fallen in love with the country so I thought it would be amazing to create a room inspired by all the colours and textures of India for guests to stay in. We do actually now call it the India Room!
My interior style is quirky, the rest of my house has many quirks too, I love colour, I think because I spent so many years working in the big breakfast house in the 90s and it was such a massive burst of colour, it's always kind of just stuck with me. This wallpaper is by designer Matthew Williamson and was one of the first things I found. That really helped to drive the colour palette.
Everything in the room is pretty new, apart from a few pieces like these old distressed bedside tables which came from my old house and fit brilliantly. I’ve dressed with candles, plants, and a picture of Lydia Bright and I on one of our fundraising trips to Rajasthan. Those trips and the country hold such a special place in my heart. It’s a country we discovered together and it really solidified our friendship.
One of the best parts of doing the room was dressing it, this amazing artichoke lamp was a birthday gift from Fearne Cotton, and this Elephant ornament was picked up on one of my travels through Rajasthan, I can't wait to be able to go back and pick up more trinkets and mementos to add to the space.
Candles and diffusers really create a welcoming scent that envelopes guests when they enter the room, fresh and zesty scents, rather than deep musky tones work well for a guest room I always feel, I light them an hour or so before my visitors arrive to give the scent time to settleShop now
I'm a massive fan of mood lighting. This gorgeous chrome bedside light works brilliantly with the gold in the wallpaper, I’ve also used a vintage bulb in my main room light to create a nice warm glow that’s lovely at night time.shop now
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