This new build contemporary space was designed to be open plan, light and airy, a warm family home, a party venue, and a series of intimate spaces linked by distant focal points. A potentially conflicting set of requirements, but all possible with careful planning – and particularly with imaginative lighting design. This project has earned Brilliant a nomination as Finalists in the Lighting Design Awards 2011 Residential Lighting category.
The open plan kitchen, dining area and family space required three separate but sympathetic lighting treatments. The very modern clean lined kitchen is complemented by low glare ‘framelights’ and accent lighting is provided by the fireplace and the very discrete square white LEDs on the island which provide a low level wash on to the floor.
The aesthetically minimalist dining area is complemented by an aluminium profile over the dining table. The profile required custom made brackets to hang it from the roof glazing bars without compromising the water tightness of the roof and to blend in with its wood finish. The vertical glazing bars at the front of the conservatory are uplit by colour changing LEDs which are usually set to give a very soft pink glow which lifts the whole of this end of the house, but in party mode they can be vibrant pink or turquoise. Lighting control is by Lutron Homeworks.