Utopia    Exhibition 19 Mar 2018

Step through the doors of Ideal Home Show’s stunning ‘The Innovation Home’ project…


Today has seen the press, public and trade alike crowd to the doors of London’s Olympia Stadium for one of the UK’s most iconic exhibitions: The Ideal Home Show. This morning we were lucky enough to receive an all-access pass behind the doors of this magnificent showcase and marvel at all the interior design projects, concepts and products that lay there.

One of our absolute favourite projects has to be The Innovation Home, designed by top interior stylist, Sophie Robinson, who is best known for her work on BBC2’s The Great Interior Design Challenge, and has recently taken her place as a new interior designer on BBC ONE’s DIY SOS.

The Innovation Home is set within the walls of a seemingly conventional semi-detached Victorian house. A capacious cantilevered extension was first added to the home, to expand its spatial possibilities, while flooding the space in light and giving far-reaching views (which, in this case, were over the Olympia Stadium). All adept with British Gas and Hive’s innovative technology systems, the entire space was smart-connected and would allow its eventual user to barely lift a finger. But beyond its spacious interior and high-tech nature, the designs for each individual room truly took the spotlight in this project.

The ensuite

Layered in luxury and balancing contemporary and rich, regal styles, the Innovation Home’s ensuite proved that good things certainly do come in small packages! Heramix Carrara, hexagonal-style flooring from Topps Tiles gave the space a neutral base; while the brand’s Marine Blue ‘Lampas’ tiles—which were used to craft a mosaic wall – added depth and richness to the scheme. Complementing this regal blue hue was the brassware selection (including basin taps, showerhead, thermostat, mixer and floor grate) from Meir Black. Finished in the brand’s Champagne colourway the glistening golden pieces certainly set off the scheme. Sophie Robinson seamlessly matched all of this with Duravit’s Luv floor-standing vanity unit and the ME by Starck toilet.

The kitchen

Following through the decadent colour combinations seen in the ensuite, the kitchen area boasted a collection of Naked Kitchens’ Marine Blue cabinetry, finished in Little Greene’s paint, sitting seamlessly against a gleaming golden splashback from Quirky Interiors, Meir Black’s golden mixer tap and Alveus Monarch gold sink from Olif. Giving this two-toned zone a pretty pastel twist were the Pink Otura cement tiles from Bert and May. While a simple and serene Radianz in Junpier worktop, from Gerald Culliford, topped with a Reginox Pitt Capital hob, finished the scheme perfectly.

The main bathroom

Dramatically different to the Innovation Home’s ensuite space, the main bathroom boasted a combination of delicate white, yellow and pink hues. Crisp white Duravit sanitaryware started the scheme and was surrounded by large-format white wall tiles. Combine this with a mix of Natural Pigment, Plain Milk, Wheat, Tibet and Garnet tiles, from Bert and May, stretching across the floor and up the near edge of the bath, alongside Meir Black matt black brassware, and the space effortlessly exuded both a feminine and ultra-contemporary vibe.

Take a further look at these luxurious schemes in our gallery, below…


The Ideal Home Show / http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk