Not just another ground floor extension
The client was planning a renovation of the ground floor and garden, with a brief to produce a lighting scheme which would complement his incorporation of both traditional elements and raw architecture, such as exposed brick. Taking this, we aimed to conceal as many of the light fittings as possible, using plaster in fittings or incorporating them into the joinery. Where wall lights and pendants were added we went through an exhaustive review process with the client to find precisely the right items to complement the materials they were to be mounted on or next to.
The space has a beautiful entrance hall with patterned tile, and the lighting was kept simple with decorative fittings and a few discrete plaster in downlights. Then you enter into a formal living room with feature fireplace. This is complemented by two decorative wall lights and matching pendant, to frame the fireplace and highlight the patterned wallpaper. Recessed uplights were used to accent the fireplace, while LED strip was incorporated into the bookcases and fitted with an anti glare baffle, silhouetting the books and picking it out as the feature it is.
You then progress into the open plan space, consisting of TV snug area, dining area and kitchen area. Within the snug a reading light was fitted, and joinery lighting was used to create soft ambient light. The dining and kitchen areas flow into one another and are tied together by the exposed brick walls. The varying height of the ceilings was added by the architect to define the space and ensure that it didn’t turn into a giant, empty box. Suspended lighting was added as a feature over the dining table and kitchen, while also providing task lighting for these areas. Wall lights were added to the brick in the dining area as a visual feature and to frame the clock, while uplights are used again to frame the doorways and tie the space together. Small starlights were added to the skylights to stop them turning into black holes at night and add some soft ambient light.
Photography by Franklin and Frankin