The Edit

Colour Me Happy in the Kitchen

Rachel Henderson @therachelhendersonstudio is a textile designer, author and interior stylist based in Fife, Scotland. She runs her own studio producing homeware designs, upcycled furnishings and interior concepts for a range of clients. To top it all off, Rachel is a regular artisan on BBC One’s Money for Nothing.

Her interior style is defined by a fearless love of colour, bringing joy to every nook and cranny of her home. Using colour clearly comes naturally to Rachel, whose own kitchen is a hub of vibrancy and fun, including some notable Mr Fox touches that help convey that colourful, positive mantra that exudes from every surface and accessory.

We asked Rachel all about her love of colour and how she brings pure sunshine to the kitchen, including some sneaky fox accessories that spice up the worktops and add a dose of fun to afternoon tea, for all to enjoy.

Where does your love of colour stem from?
My love for colour came about at art school; we had a student trip to New York and I was blown away by how vibrant it was - the street art, the sculptures, the murals, the cafes, even the people! Ever since then, colour has been a huge part of my work.

The Kitchen is such a fun place to play with texture and tone because of the multifunctional role it plays within a house. What is your favourite part of your kitchen space and why?
I LOVE my bright wallpapered back wall where I’ve hung a giant neon lemon light and mustard pegboard - it’s so playful and happy! As soon as I see it in the morning, I instantly feel uplifted and ready to start the day.

What does kitchen joy mean to you?
The kitchen is somewhere I feel super happy and content spending time with my family and friends, be it cooking, baking, crafting, working, or socialising. Your kitchen is the heart of the home after all - it should be brimming with feel-good vibes!

Accessories can be the key to people opening up and embracing colour, what do you love most about the Scion range of accessories for the kitchen?
I love how bright, happy and uplifting Scion products are, especially the Mr Fox designs - they are great for both adults and kids! They are also so versatile and fit in with pretty much any type of kitchen colour scheme.

What is the best advice you can give anyone starting a kitchen redesign when it comes to injecting joy into the space?
Try and pull in colours, patterns and prints that make you happy, and incorporate as much of your personality into the scheme as possible. 

If you could inject joy into a plain kitchen with one design move only, how would you do it?
I would paint the walls a bright cheerful colour, as this will instantly “lift” the space and help to maximise daylight.