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.

grey is the new white


Looking at any of these items in isolation can be a mistake. The thing that makes this eclectic space work so well in my opinion is that the elements compliment each other in their variety of materiality, colour, form and history.

Importantly everything is proportioned within the space. No one object physically dominates the interior. Your eye is immediately drawn to the pink table because of it’s colour but it works as a focal point inviting you to explore further into the space.

Grey is the new white in this interior. As a neutral backdrop on the wall and the floor it really highlights the colour and form of the furniture, art, lighting and accessories in the space.

If you’re looking for something different and have a collection of pieces that don’t really seem to match a backdrop like this can change how you would traditionally look at something compared to a room painted in gallery like white tones.