replace old with new for a cohesive resolution


One of the greatest challenges when renovating is knowing when to blend with the old or when to go with the new.

Sometimes the decision can be made for you through practicalities such as changes in legislation, the building code, a committment to sustainable practices or dare I say your budget but there are other circumstances that can lead to the ultimate success of the project hinging on a critical choice between what your space has said in the past and what you want it to say now.

On a recent project I was faced with the issue of introducing some new lighting elements into a space that was undergoing quite a large transformation. The main concern was trying to get a sense of continuity through various elements into the spaces that wern’t being renovated.

Lighting can be a very subtle way of connecting spaces that have fallen outside the scope of the renovation and give a sense of completeness. So if you’ve got a space with varied types of lighting consider changing to the one type, or in my recent case the one shape of downlight throughout. Even though they can be slightly varied in their appearance using fittings of the same shape and finish can make your project feel as though it was conceived as a whole.