Notting Hill HouseTransitional Living Room, London
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What different levels of service do lighting designers offer?Lighting design can run from a simple plan for you to hand to your electrician to a full-on design, installation and project management service.“A scheme involving a basic lighting layout with no calculations and just a few lights added to a simple plan is usually fine for a small, three-bedroom house,” Neil says. “The lighting designer is typically only engaged at the start of a project like this.”At the other end of the scale is the complete design service. This will involve CAD plans, full lighting and controls schedules with operational setting notes for larger-scale projects that have cinema rooms or ‘scene setting’ requirements in living and dining areas. “The lighting designer is involved at the beginning and end of this sort of project,” Neil says, “as well as at key stages throughout the build.”
Shun bumps in the night (or day)Narrow rooms can also benefit from a softer alternative to a coffee table, avoiding the hard corners that are easy to catch in passing. As well as saving shins in this room, the ottoman and the rug on which it’s positioned are visual markers that indicate the way to move through the room.
Clear a pathThis narrow living room also provides the access point to the kitchen. Rather than creating a treacherous obstacle course of chairs and tables, a clear strip has been left to ease the way. Long, low furniture helps to ‘elongate’ the compact space, and a footstool multi-tasks as a seat and coffee table, reducing the need for extra furniture, as does the built-in alcove storage.Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes too. Check out these ideas for U-shaped layouts