Play with light

Good afternoon everyone!

Outside finally sunny and you can work until late only with the sunlight! Unless you happen to live in a place like … Scotland – astonishingly beautiful BUT dark. And cold. Been there, lived there, had an amazing time, but never in my life was so obsessed with light! Anyway, wherever you live, what brings light and warmth to our everyday lives is interior lighting, often overlooked by designers, and unjustly so.

Light changes interiors like nothing else, and it does so in an unnoticeable way (if you manage to nail it). The moment you enter a room and feel some sort of magic, but can’t tell what it is, I bet it’s the ambient lighting mixed with some cool accent lights. Light adds drama to interiors, it gives them vibe, a flavour.

What is super crucial when designing lighting for your room is blending different layers of light. There are three main kinds of light in all interiors: ambient light – main source of light in a room, often coming from recessed downlights (too common and modern as for me to be honest), task light – used to carry out certain activities at home, important especially in kitchens and bathrooms, and accent light – to highlight a piece of furniture or architecture features, for example table lamps. They should all overlap and blend, creating a warm and cohesive room, without boundaries, unless you want to divide your room of course, then you could use light to separate space by putting “light walls”.

This is what I mean by drama and magic in a room. Super warm and romantic.

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A cool industrial lamp in a restaurant/bar, mixing original brick walls with twisted pink and turquoise.

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I would personally use this lamp in a loft-style flat as well. It perfectly fits the city and gives your space an urban edge. If you are more traditional, go for a crystal chandelier, like the ones below. Don’t be scared of oversized chandeliers/lamps. You can use them as an accent piece of furniture which will decide the atmosphere of everything around.

Finally, I’m a bit crazy here, but do not overestimate candles and … Christmas style lights. It’s such an easy and cheap way of warming up your house, not necessarily in Xmas season.

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Enjoy the rest of the week people!

camY

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industrial cafes

Good afternoon! (for me it’s actually still morning, not really an early bird)

Today it’s about industrial cafes! Industrial style has been a hot (even though it actually gives a rather cold feeling) design idea for some time now. Everyone wants to live in a loft these days, especially nouveau riche society class. Urban areas for urban people. An old factory or a power station, adapted to living needs, is a perfect creative and full of its own life setting. Prices of studio apartments in Battersea Power Station in London start at £800,00, but you can also get something bigger for even £4 million! So, yeah, there’s demand for rough open spaces with metal and wood.

Industrial is also making a foray into cafes’ and bakeries’ interiors! Look down to get an idea of the trend.

But what I find even cooler than adapting a not necessarily originally industrial space into a cafe is simply using a real old industrial building for that purpose, without changing anything, except of just putting a coffee machine and some chairs in there . Such a natural and effortless way of giving a cafe or a restaurant a raw twist. It’s REAL and we want real stuff in this superficial world, no?

And, yes, you can be sure that your favourite cafe will be a unique one, because there are not too many naturally industrial interiors around you, at least not too many left.

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Modern Art Museum Cafe in Warsaw. An inspiring city. Naturally industrial because of its Communist history, glorifying industry.

Speak later,

camY