Shining a light on interiors
Paula Gundry creates ambience with lighting.
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.