the decorator, artist luke edward hall’s redesigns the
bedroom he shares with his equally stylish boyfriend, designer
duncan campbell in camden, north london
the designer: luke edward hall
luke edward hall studied menswear design at central
saint martins and graduated in 2012, before going to work for the
architectural and interior designer ben pentreath. luke set up his own studio in
the autumn of 2015. primarily an artist, he also designs interiors,
fabrics and ceramics.
the muse: duncan campbell
luke’s partner duncan is one half of campbell-rey, a
creative consultancy and design partnership founded with charlotte
rey in 2014. they launched their début furniture collection at the
salone del mobile in 2017.
before & after
- there is a lot going on in this room but we couldn’t
help ourselves. we both love bright colour and mixing
patterns and prints. personally i kind of like it when things
clash. it makes everything a bit more interesting.
from left: ‘pheasant’ wallpaper in malachite from twigs; photograph by tinko
czetwertynski framed by circa 48, oil pastel sketch of poseidon
by luke edward hall, prints by jean cocteau, bed cushions by luke edward
hall, bed linen is loaf‘s ‘lazy linen’ in dusty pink; cashmere
‘arran bed throw’ in wine from begg & co; ‘nellie table lamp’ in mootard
and pink shade from pooky; door painted in farrow & ball calke green (full
- i spoke with duncan at the start of the project and we
decided that we definitely wanted to do a patterned
carpet. after throwing ideas back and forth we settled on
leopard. we’d both recently been looking at madeleine castaing’s interiors for jean
cocteau, and the liberal use of leopard really inspired
- we wanted to use pattern on the walls too and came
across a wonderful marbled design by twigs. we’re both big
fans of green, so naturally chose the malachite colourway (also one
of duncan’s favourite materials).
- then it was a case of finding a colour that would work
well on all of the woodwork and with the wallpaper as well
as the carpet. we decided to go for farrow & ball’s calke green
in a gloss finish because we’re both feeling all things shiny and
lacquered at the moment.
image clockwise from left: ‘pheasant’ wallpaper in
malachite by twigs from simon playle; prints of greek gods from luke’s
holiday in montalcino in electric blue mounts and gilt frames,
‘flora’ mirror from balineum in a custom ‘antique rose’ colourway;
bespoke bench in ‘craft’ fabric by pierre frey in the ‘mimosa’ with turnell
& gigon ‘ganton tape’ trim in green.
- duncan kept his (our!) old sleigh bed, the
glass and brass faux-bamboo side tables and a mahogany chest of
- we had a bespoke bench made in sunflower yellow linen
from pierre frey with a green greek key tape. every
bedroom needs an armchair or bench for throwing clothes on at the
end of a long day.
- above the bench is a wonderful, curvy mirror from
balineum that we had painted in a custom antique rose
colour. either side of the pink mirror are old prints
of greek gods that i picked up for next to nothing on holiday in
montalcino earlier this year. i had them framed with electric blue
mounts and gilt frames. the flash of gold works well in the
- we built shelves above the old chest of drawers to
house books which previously lived on the
floor. after the shelves were installed, there was
just about room for a small lamp on top of the chest of drawers –
we chose a panethella mini table lamp by louis poulsen from
skandium – i’ve always liked the shape and the range of colours its
available in. it’s the perfect size and you can dim the light
- the ceramics (a tall vase on the chest of drawers and a
little vase and a platter on one of the bedside tables)
are hand-painted by me, and there is an oil pastel sketch by me
above the bed too, of poseidon. i spilt coloured water on it by
mistake but then rather liked its new look. the larger, purple
piece is a photograph by our extremely talented friend tinko
czetwertynski. the smaller pieces above the bedside lamps are jean
- we kept the curtains from the old bedroom –
they were made last year in a dusky pink velvet from pierre
- the bright yellow table lamps are from pooky and so are
the pink shades, although i painted these with a red greek
key motif. another flash of gold comes from the wardrobe and drawer
handles which are actually pieces of shiny faux coral from etsy. how could we resist those?
- lastly, the cushions on the bed are by me. the
dusky pink bed linen is from loaf and the super soft pillar-box red
throw is from begg & co.
about the designer
- how did you become an interior designer? i’ve
been interested in many forms of design since childhood. while i
was studying fashion design i was also restoring and selling
antiques online in my spare time. i think my interest in interiors
originally stemmed from working at a national
trust property on sundays as a teenager – i became fascinated
with grand old houses and their interiors.
- how would you describe your style?
colourful, layered, fun. i’m inspired by various design periods
from regency to the seventies.
- which other interior designers have inspired your
work? john fowler, madeleine castaing, david hicks, ashley hicks and my previous boss
- a design book you think everyone should
read? ‘interior life‘ by gert
- the colour you most like to decorate?
green, i guess because it feels like you’re bringing the outdoors
- your most enduring interior design related
memory? i remember, as a child, having three shelves in my
bedroom stuffed full of my favourite possessions (a lot of lego and
ceramic dragons), which i’d constantly rearrange to look as good as
possible. i basically do exactly the same thing now but with more
grown-up objects. although actually not that much more grown-up.
there is a ceramic octopus on top of the chest of drawers in our
- any young british interiors brands you
recommend? balineum – i’m obsessed with sarah’s
mirrors and patterned tiles which she has made in italy. i think
we’re going to use some in our new kitchen.
- a country that has inspired your style of
decorating? england! you can’t beat classic english
country house style.
- how would you describe the mood in british interior
design right now? i think everyone in general is being a
lot braver with colour and pattern, which is wonderful.
- the most useful piece of design related advice you’ve
ever received? one good piece stuck in my head the other
day – i was asking duncan whether the insane mix of gorgeous
flowers in various shades of hot pink and orange would be too much
in the bedroom and if we should go for the softer, paler option. he
said: ‘look, if we’re going to go for it, we should really go for
it’. and that’s a good motto for life i reckon. don’t do things by
halves, even flowers (which came, by the way, from fern verrow’s
farm in herefordshire).
- share a contact from your address book. i get
all of my framing done at circa 48 in kentish town – they have a
fantastic choice of frames and david, the owner, is great at what
he does and is very accommodating. he also has a giant white
- do you have any budget-saving advice?
pooky make fantastic and very affordable table lamps, floor lights
- are there any other emerging young interior designers
working right now who you rate? my good friend rachel
chudley – she’s brave and brilliant.
- how do you see a scheme through from a bare room to
fruition? i think rooms have to develop fairly slowly.
take this bedroom for example – we did it in a short space of time
and no doubt we’ll want to change a few things around, add more
artwork, that sort of thing. the house i’ve been working on in
somerset really came alive once the client had moved in and started
leaving clutter around – books, coffee cups, notepads and pens. i
like it when rooms feel lived in and real, not sterile. and that
does take time – you can fake it to an extent, but a new room needs