Shin­ing a light on in­te­ri­ors

Paula Gundry cre­ates am­bi­ence with light­ing.

EDP Norfolk - - PROMOTION - See more on this home trans­for­ma­tion in the April is­sue.

Con­sid­er­ing a room as a whole is what Paula Gundry and her team of in­te­rior de­sign­ers do best. Every­thing works in har­mony and, for Paula, one of the most ex­cit­ing el­e­ments is the light­ing scheme.

“Light­ing isn’t just func­tional, it sets the am­bi­ence of a room,” says Paula, who is cur­rently work­ing on a di­verse scheme for a pe­riod Ge­or­gian home in Nor­wich.

As with many of Paula’s projects, the clients ini­tially wanted her ad­vice on one room: the 8x6 me­tre lounge. “As our re­la­tion­ship and trust grew, so did the project, and now it in­cludes the hall­way, stair­case, two chil­dren’s bed­rooms and a base­ment me­dia room, each with their own re­quire­ments while also need­ing to flow as a whole.

“The lounge was large by any­body’s stan­dards but, as a fam­ily home, our client wanted to achieve a cosy feel,” says Paula. “It was im­por­tant to get the pro­por­tions right - so many peo­ple are scared to go big, but that’s ex­actly what this room needed.”

The room has a ceil­ing height of over three me­tres and a bay of el­e­gant, curved, floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, so the light­ing had to work with the scale of these im­pres­sive fea­tures.

The an­swer is a mix of ap­proaches, from ta­ble lamps and wall sconces to a dra­matic crys­tal chan­de­lier. Add to this the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and lay­ers of glass, aged met­als, tas­sels, mar­ble, silk and satin and you have a light­ing scheme which cre­ates in­ter­est and am­bi­ence, while also mak­ing a state­ment.

“The clients wanted pieces that are not gen­er­ally avail­able on the high street,” says Paula. “At 890mm high, the whim­si­cal, over-scaled pear lamp is a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of what we have at our fin­ger­tips, which many clients sim­ply aren’t aware ex­ist.”

Ven­ture out of the lounge and the light­ing jour­ney con­tin­ues at the top of the stair­case with a cas­cade of “egg lights”.

“The col­lec­tion of pen­dants sub­tly

ref­er­ences the or­ganic in­for­mal­ity of an oval sil­hou­ette along­side the spher­i­cal, speck­led tex­ture of the moon,” says Paula. “Dis­played at var­i­ous sus­pen­sion lengths, they re­ally make an in­ter­est­ing group. “Our clients com­mented that they would never have con­sid­ered the sug­ges­tions we made, which is very re­ward­ing and they’re thrilled”.

The egg pen­dant lights can hang at dif­fer­ent lengths to cre­ate im­pact.

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