You might recognize Gugu Mbatha-Raw from Disney+ Loki Where The morning show – but she’s also poised to become a force in the design industry. Despite her place at the top of Hollywood, Gugu has ventured into a new, somewhat more personal role as an artist – focusing particularly on painting.
During the lockdown, her portrayals of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were called a ‘viral sensation’ – and she has since shared other works by Chadwick Boseman, Desmond Tutu and Kevin Hart (a co-star in her latest film, Lift).
Her rise in the design industry means she’s quickly becoming a master of decorating with art – and it looks like Soho House agrees. To celebrate their new Westbourne Grove Studio in London, Gugu shared tips on decorating with art at home, and naturally, we took notice. And the top of the agenda? Use art to change the tone of your home all year round.
When visiting Soho Home (opens in a new tab)Gugu was unsurprisingly drawn to the in-store rotating artworks (created in collaboration with MAH Gallery (opens in a new tab)). However, it is the neutral base behind the artwork that matters in terms of bringing artwork into the home.
“I’m really drawn to the idea of having a relatively neutral canvas and – depending on your mood or the season – changing the tone of the space through art,” says Gugu. “Home is a place where I want to relax, and I find color very energizing – which is good sometimes, but not when you’re resting.”
Gugu’s bedroom color ideas work in any room, whether you’re bringing art into your bedroom, living room, or making a statement in your entryway. As long as the base is neutral and versatile – you can ensure that any painting looks great in your home – even if you change your rooms to suit your mood (and the seasons).
Gugu’s rule for using neutrals has proven successful in her own home, but her interior design tips don’t stop there. Along with displaying artwork, she also explains how to create a spa-like vibe in your home, primarily in the bathroom.
“I like a fairly clean and calming space,” she says. “I love the sanctuary of a big tub and a bit of downtime, especially when you’re jet lagged after traveling or unwinding after a busy day on set.”
So subtle paint ideas, bold artwork, and big tubs all get the Gugu stamp of approval. We are ready to take his advice at the next opportunity, via Soho Home, of course.