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How to Design a Listed Building

Most listed buildings have some kind of architectural importance. Historic England decides whether or not a building meets the criteria to be classed as listed. In the UK, there are currently over 500,000 listed buildings.

Most architects love the idea of working on listed buildings. But while these projects are often more interesting, they do need to be handled more sensitively. The key to achieving a successful result is investing plenty of time in the design process and understanding the building itself.

What should we know about the building before we start taking on this huge challenge, and where do we start? Here are some general rules you should follow if you want to make the most out of designing your listed property:

Assess the Building Before Designing

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Before designing a listed building, you need to assess the original structure. You need to think about the key features of the property and find out whether it has already been extended in the past. You will also need to think about producing a plan that highlights the different ages of the house. Most conservation officers will want you to avoid knocking down historic walls, but you may be able to make a few small changes if you have a good reason.

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It’s important to pay close attention to the features of a listed building. These features will need to be incorporated into your design. Retaining existing features such as windows and fireplaces is important unless you have good reason to replace them e.g. they’re unsafe. If the current features of the property don’t fit with your design idea, then it might be an idea to cover them up instead of removing them.

Expose Period Features

The original features in most listed buildings are hidden behind previous renovations or wallpaper. If you're planning on re-designing a property, then it’s a good idea to expose these features before you finalise your design. This may need you to have to remove internal fittings. The best design ideas accentuate the period features of a property. You can accentuate the period features of a property by using lights.

Maximise Space

The majority of listed buildings in the UK are small in size. If you’re looking to increase the amount of space in your listed property, then why not consider opening up the previously hidden roof voids. Doing this will not only make your property feel more spacious but it will also add character too.

The Interior Layout

If you want to make the most out of your property, remove internal walls to extend smaller darker rooms into bigger open-plan spaces. While doing this, consider whether it’s worth changing the layout of the property. Remember, living and kitchen spaces are used more regularly than other rooms, so these spaces should benefit from the best views.

Anyone can successfully design a listed building as long as they embrace and understand the building’s character. Just think, when the building work is complete, not only will you have a beautiful home to be proud of, but you’ll also ensure its historic contribution and longevity for years to come.

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Keeping Flower Walls in the Home

Lots of people want to add a bit of colour and personality to their homes. One way you can do this is by adding a flower wall. Over the last few years, the popularity of flower walls has increased tremendously. This DIY project is a brilliant addition to your home and is super simple to create. If you want to know more about flower walls and how to take care of one, then keep reading below:

Preparation is Key When Building Your Flower Wall

Before building your flower wall you need to decide where it will be located in your home. You will also need to work out whether you want it to be large or small. Once you’ve done this you can start searching for the best flowers. You will need to find out information about the flowers you choose e.g. how to care for them properly, how much space they require, and whether or not they like sunlight. This will help you to take care of your flower wall.

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Choose Healthy Plants For Your Flower Wall

If you want your flower wall to look amazing, make sure you purchase healthy plants. When choosing your flowers, it’s a good idea to check to make sure that the plants and flowers are in good condition and have been well looked after.

Remember to Water Your Plants

It’s important to remember to water your plants as soon as you get them. If you’re not going to use them straight away, store them in a safe area at the right temperature. Remember, not all flowers have the same care requirements, so it’s important to do some research into the best ways to care for a particular plant.

Top Tips for Keeping a Plant Wall

Here are some of our top tips for keeping a plant wall in the home:

  • Living plant walls should be watered every 2-3 days depending on the climate. Remember, plants need more water in summer. Dry compost indicates the plants need water; wet compost means they are fine.
  • Attach a waterproof membrane to the wall – this will help prevent damp issues on the wall
  • Plant care – if you purchase flowering plants, you’ll need to remember to remove dead blooms. This will help encourage new flowers later in the season. If you're thinking of adding some foliage plants to your flower wall, then you'll need to remember to snip off dead leaves and tidy them up when needed. If you want to include annual plants in your flower wall, then it’s a good idea to give them some liquid feed every few weeks in summer.

Over the last few years, we’ve seen flower walls becoming one of the hottest trends around, and this is unlikely to change in the near future. But how do you go about keeping flower walls at home? If you’re interested in keeping a flower wall in your home, then follow some of our advice above. Don’t forget, you can create an attractive focal point using artificial flowers too!


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How to Use Natural Materials in the Home

A number of things can affect how we feel – our diet, sleep, and exercise – but did you know that the environment can also have an impact? It’s true, the amount of sunlight we get, the colour of our walls, and the materials we use in our homes can make a massive difference to how we feel.

It’s therefore important to know that introducing natural materials into your homes can have a positive impact on your well-being and your health. In fact, research has shown that using natural materials in your home can actually make you healthier.

In the past, using natural materials in the home evoked images of dreary colour tones and sackcloth. However, this has now changed. Nowadays, natural materials are more popular than ever. While many of us like the idea of using natural materials in our homes, it's often hard to know where to start. So, in order to help you, we’ve made a list of some of the ways you can include natural materials in your home:

Look for the Unusual When Redesigning Your Home

When it comes to redesigning your home, it pays to be innovative. Instead of purchasing ready-made items, why not look for something a little bit different? For example, you could use a piece of driftwood or an old railway sleeper as a mantelpiece above a fire. Not only does this look great and save money, but it’s also more environmentally friendly too.

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Use Natural Stone To Add Texture

If you're wanting to add some natural materials into your kitchen or bathroom, why not consider using marble? This material is perfect for giving you the texture, tone, and patterns that man-made alternatives cannot match. Marble is a brilliant choice of material for a kitchen, as it can withstand high heats and is easily cleaned, but it’s important to be aware of its drawbacks, too.

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 Create a Firewood Display

One way to add natural materials to your home if you have a log-burning stove or open fire is to create a firewood display where you can store all of your unused firewood. Having this on display will introduce natural tones and textures to the environment and make it feel cosier.

Use Recycles or Reclaimed Materials

Upcycling, recycling, and using reclaimed materials always looks good in a home. You could turn old doors into shelving, or you could use old scaffolding planks to make some storage units.

Contrast Natural Materials with Metallic Objects

Contrasting your natural materials with metallic objects will help to make your home look and feel amazing. Metallic objects help to add warmth to a home. Over the last few years, we’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of people adding copper accessories and items to their homes. However, unless they are complemented by natural materials, these items may make a room feel dark and dismal.

No matter what type of property you own, you’ll be able to find a way to successfully include natural materials in your home. For example, if you own a luxurious modern apartment, then travertine tiles might be a good choice for you, but if you own an old cottage, then a cobbled wall fireplace would look amazing. If you're wanting to use natural materials in your home, then why not try out some of our ideas above?

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Lockdown Luxuries: Adding Comfort to Your Home

Over the past few months, many of us have found ourselves working from home or spending more time at home because of the coronavirus. While staying at home isn’t ideal, there are some things we can do to make the experience more enjoyable. One way we can do this is by making our homes a more inviting and comfortable space.

The minute we walk into a space we can tell whether or not it feels comfortable, warm, and inviting. And by warm, we don’t mean turning up the heating. It’s the personal touches such as the lighting and the way your furniture is arranged that can make your home feel more relaxing. There are a few simple things you can do to make any space feel more comfortable. Here are some of our top tips to help you add comfort to your home:

Improve the Lighting in Your Home

The type of lighting you have in your home can have a huge impact on how comfortable it is. Why not install an innovative pendant or a luxury chandelier from Tom Dixon in your home? These items will make any space feel more luxurious and comfortable. There are some amazing options available to suit any space or room.

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Use Luxury Candles in Your Home

No space is complete without a candle. Candles help to make us feel relaxed and comfortable in our homes. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury, consider purchasing a handmade natural wax scented candle. The candles from Lauren Dickinson Clarke, for example, are the perfect choice as they’re full of personality and are crafted using the best possible ingredients. These candles come in a range of designs and smells to suit your taste, including the Moody Muse Collection and the Performer Scented Candle.


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Use Handcrafted Furniture

In an age of instant gratification and constant upgrades, people often don’t consider investing in handcrafted furniture, but there’s nothing more luxurious than a home full of furniture made by hand. This type of furniture is an investment and unlike flat-pack furniture, it’s built to last. Handcrafted furniture will look amazing in your home for many years to come.

Giobagnara is a luxury brand that is well known for its elegance and distinctive creations. Their pieces are available in a range of colours. This means that no matter what colour scheme you have in your home, you’ll be able to find the perfect item for you.


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Add Textiles - Luxury Throws & Cushions

Lots of us are trying to make our homes feel more relaxed and comfortable at the minute. After all, we’re having to spend much more time in them than we used to. One way you can do this is by adding luxury throws and cushions to a room. You can find these items in a range of textures and designs to suit your needs.

We all need a little bit of luxury in our lives. Thanks to coronavirus, the last few months have been tough for us all, and that’s unlikely to change in the near future. This is why we need to make our time at home more comfortable and enjoyable. Making your home feel more comfortable doesn’t have to be difficult.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that can make a home feel more relaxing. For example, displaying some fresh flowers, the smell of freshly baked cookies, and adding some pillows or throws to the furniture. Why not try out some of our ideas above to make your home feel more luxurious and comfortable?


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Interior Guide to Halloween

Interior Guide to Halloween

26th October 2020

Get really creative

Halloween is a great opportunity to play around with the design and decoration of your home without committing to any long-term changes. It’s also one of the chances you have through the year to get really creative and to break some boundaries that would normally raise a few eyebrows. But as fun as decorating for the spooky season can be, it can also come with some strings attached that people often tend to ignore.

Play with What You Already Have

You probably already have various opportunities around the house that can be leveraged for Halloween decorations without even realizing it. A lot can be done with pre-existing furniture and decorations without changing the current setup too much. Wallpapers can add a lot to the atmosphere of a room, and with a little creativity you might be able to play on the existing images to create a new scene. Take a special look at your lighting too. If you have any adjustable lights, you can easily shift the tone of the aesthetics in your home with just a few small changes. Proper lighting can add a lot to that perfect spooky atmosphere!

Use the Opportunity to Experiment

This is also a great chance to try out some new ideas that you might have had in your head but were never brave enough to attempt. After all, you’re doing everything with the idea that it’s temporary and will be taken down once the holiday is over. So, use the opportunity to throw in some extra changes that don’t necessarily have to do with Halloween, but are rather ideas you want to iterate on. Worst case scenario, you’ll only have to deal with them until Halloween is over, and then you’ll know exactly what works and what doesn’t – and why.

Take Advantage of After-season Sales for Next Year

Many merchants love Halloween because it gives them a chance to sell a number of niche products at marked-up prices. There are various things that sell like hot cakes during October, mostly revolving around small decorative items for the home, and of course, candies. But what people often tend to ignore is the sale craze that comes after that. When Halloween is over, those merchants usually have a lot of leftover stock that they are rushing to get rid of. And that’s a great opportunity to stock up on decorations for next year. As long as you’re investing in items that aren’t going to degrade over the next twelve months, you can get some amazing deals.

This is a great chance to review the decoration of your home and try out some new things. It can also be a surprisingly good venue for creative expression if you have a knack for home decoration. And the earlier you start planning, the easier it’s going to get over time. Just make sure that you approach any riskier changes in a way that they can be easily undone later. Decorating for Halloween and enjoying the holiday itself can be great, but some tend to forget about the clean-up that follows after.

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How to Pivot Your Space

For many people, 2020 has been the year they were forced to work remotely from their home. With so many businesses shuttered either temporarily or indefinitely, employees have had to create new office space at home, with short notice and probably not much vision. If you’ve come to the realisation that this will be a more long-term reality for you – working from home – then it’s probably worth putting some time, effort, and planning into your office space so that it works in a more effective way.

Here we’ll take a look at how you can pivot your space, in particular your dining room. We’ll give you tips and ideas on how a dining room can act as the perfect office during the day, and then back to a dining room at night or on the weekends.

Choose a Comfortable Dining Set

In order for your home office space to be comfortable you need to have a comfortable dining set that will play double duty. It needs to give you ample space to spread out during your working hours, and feature a chair that is comfortable and supportive, and it needs to also serve as the perfect dining table for you and your guests.

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Take a look at this set. As you can see the table itself is very modern, streamlined, and understated acting as a perfect complement to the decor, but you can see it would also give more than enough space as your work station during the day. Pivoting from one use to the next is simple with a set like this.

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Ensure You Have Enough Storage Space

In order to pivot a space you also need to be able to clear away any signs that the space was used for another purpose. For example, shoving all your files and computer to the edge of the table is not pivoting, and you won’t get that true sense of multi-purpose space.

What this means is that you need enough storage space to pack up your gear at the end of your workday and turn your office back into a dining room. Keep in mind storage doesn’t have to look like typical office storage space, you can get creative with your solutions so that it blends better into the décor of that room.

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Use a Tri-Fold Privacy Screen

If you have other people at home with you during the day and you’re finding that you’re struggling for privacy, a privacy screen could work out perfect. These folding screens can act as décor when not in use, and also provide that practical solution that you are so desperately in need of. Because you can fold them and move them around the room, they aren’t a permanent fixture you have to worry about.

Your Dining Room Can Easily Work as Two Rooms

By following these simple tips, you’ll find that it’s very easy to pivot from home office space during the day, to a fully functional and stylish dining room in the evenings.

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Maximising A Small Outdoor Space

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Outdoor space is something many people long for, that private space to call your own. Having your own slice of nature that you don’t have to share with others can really drive a person’s home property purchase or rental decision. So what happens if you are lucky to have found a home with outdoor space but the space itself is quite small? It could be a small terrace, a balcony, a small garden, or even a patio. How can you maximise it so you get the most use and enjoyment out of it?

Here we’ve put together a few basic and specific design steps you can follow that will make it possible for you to really make the most of your outdoor space, and even have it feel bigger than it actually is.

Choose Furniture that Fits the Space

The first tip is to ensure you’re picking furniture that fits the space. All too often homeowners can get lost in the aesthetic of a particular piece not thinking how it will work in terms of size. If you have a small space then you will likely want to veer away from the typical oversized outdoor furniture that is popular and trendy.

Instead opt for streamlined and minimal pieces, such as these.

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As you can see the emphasis is placed on the decor rather than the actual furniture pieces, which are kept small and basic.

Opt for a Vertical Garden

If you don't have a lot of ground space to work with but you're itching for your own garden, a vertical garden or flower wall can be the perfect solution. These styles of gardens use vertical space rather than horizontal, making them ideal for small spaces. Popular plants to grow on outside walls include climbing bushes and flowers, and think about things like ivy.

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Just make sure that when shopping for plants you also give thought to your light/shade conditions as this will determine which plants work best for you.
And if a garden wall isn't possible either, you can always go the route of potted plants.

Decor Will Help to Set the Stage

Now just because your outdoor space may be on the small side doesn't mean you should skip out on decor. In fact decor is an excellent way to make a small space feel more cohesive and well thought out. Some of the most popular décor items include throw pillows, blankets, table décor like candles and lanterns, dishes, and more.
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Use an Outdoor Rug as an Anchor

Another trick is to use an outdoor rug to define and anchor the space. You can also choose a pattern that plays tricks on the eyes and actually makes the space look bigger. Just be sure it is in fact suited for outdoor use so that it doesn’t end up getting ruined.

A Small Space that Feels Big

Using these tips will not only help you to maximise your outdoor space, but it will help create the illusion of space and style.

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How To Become An Interior Designer

Anyone who is considering interior designing as a career option should already know and understand that this is a highly competitive field. Here are a few useful guidelines that should be able to make it easier for budding interior designers to get a foothold in the marketplace.


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Beginning as an Interior Designer: Skills Over Experience

Experience in any professional field is invaluable and that holds true for interior design as well. However, unlike most of the other, regular fields, interior design is highly reliant on one’s artistic mastery and sense of aesthetics. This means that a talented interior designer, even if he/she is new to the field, could within a very short amount of time overshadow more experienced designers with less skill.

The innate and practiced skills we are talking about can be divided into the following categories for a better understanding of what the job requires most.

  • Artistic, creative talent is by far the most important skill that every aspiring interior designer should possess; learn to sketch what you envision
  • The ability to use software applications and digitize (2D & 3D) your visions via the likes of AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Mydoma Studio, for example, is essential
  • You need to know how to keep track of interior design trends, market demands, target audiences, etc.

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Qualifications and Training in Interior Design

Technically, you may or may not need a specific education and training in interior design to get started, but practically, that’s a bad idea! An aspiring interior designer should first work under a more senior interior designer, or at a popular interior design firm, to gain the experience required. In order to launch your own business, you must gain some insight into how the business side of things work first. Before you are able to get such a job, however, here’s a small list of qualifications that are preferred by the top interior design firms in the UK.

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in interior design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design or the Council for Interior Design
  • Supplemental certifications in digital 2D and 3D design

Additional qualifications might be required, depending on the kind of jobs the designer wishes to undertake.

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Create an Impressive Design Portfolio

If you wish to get the best jobs or launch your own business as an independent interior designer, you need to have an impressive portfolio. An interior designer’s portfolio consists of photos, videos, sketches, 2D and 3D models, and everything else that aids in professionally showcasing their best projects. When you are just starting out, getting that portfolio can be difficult. This is why new interior designers will often choose to do their initial few projects at a fraction of what they should charge.

Despite what it may seem like at times, becoming a successful interior designer is not impossible. Depending on factors such as your location, qualifications, skills, connections, and everything else that matters in this field of work, you may have to struggle more or less than others for sure. However, as long as you persevere, interior designing still remains a lucrative career option for talented and creative individuals.

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10 Ways To Create A Luxury Office Design

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Make the Most of the Architectural and Period Features

If your office is in a period building make the most of the architectural and period features. Painting them in a colour that contrasts with your walls and ceiling makes them stand out. Enhance these features with a statement chandelier or pendant. The contrast will look beautiful and draw any visitor’s eyes towards the ceiling to admire the whole space.

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Avoid Standard Office Lighting

Opt for lighting you would see in a restaurant or home such as pendants and chandeliers combined with table lights, wall lights, niche and bookshelf lighting and some spots. The overuse of spots will create a more standard commercial look which, in a luxury office, is best avoided.

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Include a Few Feature Pieces of Furniture

Try to include a few feature pieces of furniture such as a beautiful bookcase or shelving divider between spaces with books, accessories and plants dotted about. If it's a divider, don't overcrowd it with items so you can still see through it and keep the sense of flow between the spaces.

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Use Executive Office Chairs With Luxurious Upholstery

For each desk use executive office chairs with luxurious upholstery. Not only will the soft to touch upholstery be extremely comfortable it creates an expensive look. Velvets, especially textured ones, are a good option.

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Invest in Beautiful Reception Furniture

Invest in beautiful reception furniture that sets the scene for the rest of the office space and creates a wow factor for the first impression. Not only will it be comfortable for your visitors but it will look stylish too. A cluster of small tables and moveable seating, as shown with the ottoman in this photo, are practical as well for allowing large groups to sit together and to keep separate if you are seating individuals only.

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Use Interesting Door Handles

Use interesting door handles, especially on cupboard units such as in the kitchen, to elevate the look. Detail is very important and architectural hardware detailing such as well-chosen handles and light switches can change the look and feel of an interior when options with beautiful metal finishes, such as brass here, are used rather than standard finishes.

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Change the Flooring

If you can change the flooring, use timber flooring in an interesting pattern with marble inlays or borders and brass trims for an extra luxurious touch. Combining chevron patterned timber flooring with antique bronze trims in two widths and a marble border is a smart luxe look for an office.

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Use Wallpaper in Your Office

Use wallpaper rather than paint in certain key areas to add texture to the walls and enrich the surfaces. Statement wallpaper in the reception area behind the reception desk is a good spot for this. Another way to add texture and layers of luxury is by adding panelling with wallpaper applied within it. It is a simple way to create a beautiful and luxurious look. For low budgets timber or marble effect wallpaper can create an instant luxury look.

Use Curtains

Use curtains (solid and sheer) where appropriate rather than blinds, especially slatted blinds which are a stereotypical office look. This is more of a plush residential look and really adds to the look and feel.

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Incorporate Grilles and Vents into Furniture

Make modern amenities discreet by incorporating grilles and vents into furniture in a finish that blends with the materials or in a metal such as antique brass. In this marble topped cupboard we installed A/C and inserted an antique bronze grille on the top which is discreet as the colour blends with the marble. It is practical, stylish and inconspicuous.

How to Create Ambient Lighting in a Bar or Restaurant

Lighting plays a central role in interior décor and understanding the rules of proper lighting is even more important when you’re running a bar or restaurant. Lighting dictates the mood and atmosphere of any establishment just as much as the architectural design. Proper ambient lighting will set the tone of your bar or restaurant’s ambiance and have a direct influence on your patrons’ experience. Here are a few tips on how to effectively create ambient lighting in a bar or restaurant.

Make Lighting a Centre of Your Design

Lighting should never be an afterthought. It should be part of the design of the building and of every room and a factor in every design decision from the beginning. Not only will it affect the way your restaurant or bar is lit but will affect logistical decisions like the location of electrical outlets, seating arrangements, and even the height of tables, among other things.

If you want a uniform aesthetic, design lighting fixtures like chandeliers or specialty light fixtures that fit in from the very start. If you want an example, you can see what we did with the Chakra Riverside Restaurant. We were able to diffuse lighting through the whole dining room by adding uniform bright orbs to the ceiling and pendant lights to select areas. This makes sure that every table is properly illuminated without being overwhelming.

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Use Natural Light as Much as You Can… Or Go Bright

Knowing how to borrow natural light and use it to your advantage is also essential. Natural lighting always beats artificial lighting and will add to your bar or restaurant’s atmosphere. Position your most important tables near windows and keep the light fixtures to a minimum. This is the approach we took when designing the Chakra Kensington location. We arranged the booth seating right next to the large windows and added pendant lights over smaller tables, making sure to add shades to the windows to make sure the light coming in isn’t too glaring.

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If this isn’t an option, you’ll want to look into bright, white lighting. This is especially useful in food preparation areas, in the kitchen, and anywhere where you want to display food. Bars and restaurants with open kitchens will most certainly want to make use of bright lighting. Proper kitchen lighting should enable chefs to see what they are doing at all times. When done correctly, it can help to boost kitchen performance and improve safety.

Highlight What You Want to Show Off

Direct lighting is key when you want to highlight particular areas. Use direct lighting where you’re displaying food, such as salad bars and items you want to sell, be it a dessert shelf or array of alcoholic beverages. Use coloured lights sparingly, and always make certain these choices match your décor and atmosphere.

Direct lighting and accent lights can draw attention to architectural features and decorative items. Direct lights and large lighting arrays over a bar will attract people to it, whereas leaving it in the dark will prevent them from approaching it. You can see this in how we designed the Decorex Champagne Bar. The brilliant chandelier and red cloth behind is the visual centrepiece of the room, and it invites guests to approach while capturing the attention of anyone in the building.

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Use Lighting to Create Separate Atmospheres

We discussed above the importance of using bright lighting in the kitchen, and more natural light within the dining area. However, if your restaurant opens during the evening, you’ll need to take this one step further. While you will still need stark white lights in the kitchen, you can use cosier lights in the dining area to create a separate atmosphere that is cosy and comfortable, and gives it a more intimate feel.

Use darker lighting in intimate booths, and warm, yellow lighting in the bar area. You may also want to look into optics lighting to show off your spirits and make it easier for customers to see what drinks you have available when ordering personally from the bar. Not only will this help to create separate atmospheres within your restaurant, but it will also help to make your dining area look larger, and more inviting.

Proper lighting is the perfect addition to any decor. If you want your clients to feel at home in your bar or restaurant, make sure to never neglect the importance of lighting and make it a central part of your design from the get-go.