To call Rita Konig simply a style and interiors expert would be a massive understatement.The daughter of design royalty Nina Campbell, Rita has carved out a reputation both in London and New York as a style commentator, writer, designer and of course a vital influencer for the insta-generation. It’s no surprise then that the interior spaces she designs are the stuff of Pinterest legend.
Alongside her House and Garden Magazine column where she dishes out unmissable interior design advice, Rita hosts workshops in London with expert guidance on home inspiration.
At Paint Library London we are drawn to designers with a signature style, and we love matching Paint & Paper Library’s rich, diverse colour palette with their ideas. We added ‘Rita Says’ to our Archive Collection especially for Rita, as we feel it embodies the crisp, cosiness of her work.
How do you feel that ‘Rita Says’, a Paint & Paper Library Archive Colour, matches your interior style?
The Rita Says Grey was ahead of the curve, it certainly lead what became a grey sensation in the interiors world. I had nothing to do with the colour choice and it was named after my column in British Vogue that I was writing at the time. I used it a lot and I LOVED having a colour named after me!
What is your earliest memory of colour?
I suppose my first colour story is aged about 4 my mother asking me what colour I thought we should paint our then new front door. I said that I thought orange would be a really good colour, my mother, quick as a flash, told me that we couldn’t have orange as that colour had a high tax on it and we couldn’t afford it - she obviously hated the idea of an orange front door but didn’t want to hurt my feelings!
Soon after this conversation we were driving through what was clearly quite a poor area of London - literally every other door was painted orange. I never mentioned this to my mother but worried for quite a long time about our finances!
What is your top tip for interior styling?
Don’t over work it, do what pleases you and what is practical. Everything in your house needs to be comfortable or you will avoid that area of the house.
Can you define your aesthetic style in three words?
Personal, comfortable, like it’s always been there.
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