LIGHTING TIPS FROM FRITZ FRYER, THE SPECIALISTS WHO KIT OUT SOHO HOUSE
Lighting; quite frankly an area of design I do find daunting. Get it right and the tone and ambience of a room will work perfectly, get it wrong and even the most expensive designer sofa will look dull and lifeless.... It's a tough nut to crack so when I discovered Fritz Fryer, a local specialist in nearby Ross-on-Wye whose lighting has graced the likes of Soho House, I couldn't wait to pay them a visit.
Fritz Fryer have supplied beautiful lighting to famous folk, kitted out top commercial spaces and have a loyal following of local and international customers. Just look at this glorious kitchen which features the Hereford Globe Pendant and the amazing Hereford Ribbed Globe Pendant in this lovely bar below.
If you head to the website you'll get lost in Fritz Fryer's glorious collections. Choose from Victorian, Georgian, and Art Deco pieces, to handmade and industrial styles, insane chandeliers and contemporary pendant lights. On top of this, Fritz Fryer can also restore and repair redundant fixtures and design entire lighting plans for your interior design projects.
If you're planning a new extension like me, knowing you can have every aspect of your lighting sorted in one place just makes that element of a project a million times less daunting, but it's also vital to get to grips with how to plan a lit space and what sort of lighting best suits your needs. Director at Fritz Fryer, Simon Wallis-Smith kindly agreed to share his top tips on creating a lighting plan of action which I think you'll agree is so helpful, so here goes.
LIGHTING ADVICE FROM SIMON WALLIS-SMITH, DIRECTOR OF FRITZ FRYER
ESSENTIAL LIGHTING & DECORATIVE LIGHTING
Start by thinking about work areas and essential lighting – kitchen work surfaces, bathroom mirrors etc. Once you have worked out the areas requiring task lighting, you can move onto the more decorative, feature lighting. If you clearly separate the two, it will help you to develop a scheme that looks stunning and allows a comfortable light level to allow you to see.
In the kitchen use pendant lights like these (Teardrop Clear Glass Pendant and the Upton Ribbed Pendant) hung low over an island and/or dining table to create an attractive feature and supplement them for task lighting with under cupboard lights. It makes great task lighting for preparing food and a strip of concealed LEDs will make a marble worktop look stunning.
DRAWING ROOM AND LIVING ROOM LIGHTING
In the drawing room lighting needs to be low level to encourage a cosy atmosphere. Focus on wall lights and lamps (this is the Ledbury Wall light below) rather than ceiling pendants and think about the benefits of a 2 amp ring main; do you love the soft glow of table and standard lamps, but can never be bothered to switch them all on? Or do you often head upstairs at night, only to spot a glow emitting from the sitting room, courtesy of the table lamp in the corner that you’ve forgotten to switch off? A 2 amp ring main is the solution.
The ring is best installed into any room where multiple lamps are likely to be needed. Special round pin sockets are placed around the room (sometimes in the floor by a sofa or coffee table, as well as in the walls) into which you lamps are plugged. Do note, they won’t run your TV or vacuum cleaner! The ring main links back to a light switch by the door, in the same position as your regular light switch. All your lamps are plugged into the ring and left switched on. When you enter the room, switch the switch and, voila… on come all the table and standard lamps.
WHERE TO INVEST IN FEATURE LIGHTING
The best locations to really splash out on a feature light or chandelier are the hallway, stairwell or over a dining table. Over a dining table hang your chandelier so that the bottom is around 70cm from the table. This looks stunning and means you can get away with a larger fitting than normal as you don’t need to walk underneath. Hallways and stairwells often benefit from additional ceiling height and lighting can be used, in much the same way as a piece of artwork, to make a design or architectural statement. In these locations the right lighting will be a real feature.
If you are looking to make a statement with lighting, concentrate on your hallway, stairwell or dining table. These are the locations where the right piece will be a real feature.
So there you go, some valuable lighting advice from the pros. I highly recommend heading to Fritz Fryer if you're on the hunt for a really special piece of lighting, there is so much choice to suit all tastes.
I hope you found this useful? Are you daunted by lighting? Where do you shop for it? I would love to hear from you.