Project Spotlight: Elegant London Lighting Design Scheme

11 / 07 / 2022

Kitchen london lighting design

The brief

The brief for this very elegant property in Westminster, London, was to create a relaxing and calming space for the client, whilst maintaining dynamic spaces with light that would appeal to the whole family. For this London lighting design scheme, it was important that the lighting emphasised the selected pieces of furniture and stunning materials that had been chosen for the scheme.

The challenges

Dining room lighting John Cullen Lighting

The main focal point of the dining room was this intricate suspended sculpture. This needed to be illuminated effectively above the table to emphasise the form at night, whilst also allowing for task light down on to the dining table – we had to make sure all these elements worked together well. We lit the space with Vorsa Port 30 spotlights which provide flexible and adjustable lighting. These created amazing shadows on the walls to replicate the branches of the tree sculpture. Due to the skylight above we were unable to integrate downlights here, but perimeter Polespring 50 downlights were used to highlight finishes and art.

dining room lighting design with sculpture

Another requirement was to balance and light the connecting spaces, allowing a natural flow from the kitchen to the dining room to the reception room, but keep these rooms distinct at the same time. We achieved this by including Lucca 30 miniature uplights throughout the interlinking spaces to create a soft light to guide one through the space.

lucca uplights to the kitchen

The detail

Kitchen lighting, John Cullen Lighting

We coordinated all the details of the kitchen lighting with the kitchen designers, including workshops with them to ensure our details were incorporated into the bespoke kitchen design. As such, this enabled us to really create a lighting design scheme that worked for the space and finishes used.

Kitchen shelves lit with linear LED strip

We continued a layer of uplighting into the kitchen so that at night there was a soft glow, with Lucca 30 uplights by the door leading out to the garden to frame the view – a space the client was keen to connect with light.

Garden lighting John Cullen Lighting

The staircase was dominated with Cazalla floorwashers and Polespring 50 downlights to make the space brighter. Allowing for two solutions here, both low level and high level lighting, meant that during the evening the Cazallas could be left on to guide through the space whilst maintaining a calm and relaxing environment.

hallway lighting with Cazalla floorwasher

In the media room, vertical Contour LED strip was used in the joinery within the study area. Two Polespring 50 downlights over the desk and a few downlights round the perimeter were incorporated  to increase the depth of the space, but the key focus here was the joinery lighting, which became a feature at night and emphasised the stunning dark wood selected. The lighting within this space needed to work for different uses, from studying to relaxing, so it was essential here that several layers of light were worked into the scheme. In addition a Lutron control system was used here to change between scenes at the touch of a button.

Joinery Lighting details by John Cullen Lighting

In the master bathroom, quite a few techniques were used to highlight the bath and create a spa like environment. Lucca 30 uplights to the window sill provided an accent layer of light and Cazalla floorwashers, either side of the bath, were added to give a soft wash of light skimming across the floor. The art was lit with a Polespring 50 downlight to create a focal point for this London lighting design scheme.

Bathroom lighting with uplights and downlights

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Architect – Hacket Holland
Photography – James Balston