If you’ve been in the dark about the best way to light your home then allow me to illuminate you with the best ideas I got from my evening spent on the John Cullen Lighting master class. It’s like Harvard university for interior designers headed up by head girl of lighting Sally Story, and her team of lighting prefects. The group attending was 30 strong so they divided us in two to show us around their sexy showroom installations, including ‘the pod’. We witnessed a speed school lesson on the absolute mastery that can be achieved with light. There was lots of talk of layering textures, painting with light, creating illusions, depth, focal points and features. Who knew that the dismal pendant light was up against so much competition.
The fact that it was the best night out I’ve had in ages is both testament to how sad my social life is and what a total fanatic I am about interior design. The showroom is set on the west end of Londons Kings road nestled among plenty other glossy glassy interior design boutiques. There was a lot of grey marl cashmere and suede loafers on show last night. However the crowd was a mix of professional designers, self-builders and home renovators all thirsty to be shown the light.
I came away literally bursting with enthusiasm and excited at the new ideas that I can apply to our current annex project. It also made me realise there isn’t one light fitting in the correct position in my own house. However one of the attendees last night was queing up to ask Sally questions at (great opportunity to raid that talented design brain) and mentioned that she felt totally overwhelmed by the complexities of it all.
There is no doubt that if you employ a lighting designer, of the caliber of John Cullen lighting you are going to get a masterpiece. But there was oodles of great take away tips that I think could be easily employed in the average home. The evening demystified the ‘science’ of lighting and reminded me that, like everything great about interior design, it’s very much an art form (within the context of residential interiors).
Here are my top 10 light bulb moments from last nights master class that you could easily use in your own project.
If you want to know more about how lighting can be employed to enhance an interior then I’d wholeheartedly recommend attending the Masterclass at John Cullen Lighting. At £35, including posh plonk and nibbles, it has to be the best value for money around. There is no hard sell and the John Cullen team are genuinely passionate about what they do and sharing their knowledge.
**Disclaimer: I was given free entry to the course by John Cullen Lighting. However the review is entirely my own opinion and I would have happily paid for it!