Sophie Ellis-Bextor brought us Murder on the Dance Floor, Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) and made glitter eyeshadow iconic. But what you may not know is that she lives in a maximalist home and is not afraid of using seriously bold pattern and colour.
We caught up with the singer, songwriter and interiors lover as part of her work with Diet Coke x SMEG. ‘They’re two icons of chill,’ she says. ‘Maybe I’m a third icon of chill.’
Discussing the pink landing and House of Hackney floral carpeted stairs of her very busy home, Sophie comments that she’s never been too worried about big design decisions. ‘I suppose I’ve been lucky because I was raised in a family where at home I was allowed to express myself as much in how my walls looked as my dress,’ says Sophie.
‘I used to paint big murals, so my teenage bedroom had three paintings on the walls and I rag rolled the actual wall so that was a decoration,’ she recollects. Just like the rest of us, the singer also covered her bedroom walls with posters.
‘Sometimes I’d use neon paint. I think there was one bit where I even used nail varnish because I couldn’t find the colour I wanted,’ she laughs.
‘I’m quite comfortable being quite out there with what’s done to the house, because I just think it doesn’t matter too much really, just push it. I do sometimes think some people don’t know how to really put their personality out there.’
Sophie says if you get it wrong, you can just paint over it. Next time you’re feeling paint chart-induced overwhelm, play some Sophie Ellis-Bextor and channel her laid-back decorating vibes.
The collaboration will give consumers the chance to win a limited-edition Diet Coke branded SMEG drinks fridge through an on-pack promotion, alongside thousands of other prizes throughout September and October. See link here for more info.