TV’s Linda Barker shares top five hotel-lighting trends

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Boutique Hotelier caught up with interior designer and BBC’s Changing Rooms presenter Linda Barker at the launch of Elstead Lighting’s new showroom.

 1. What are your favourite new lighting trends?

• The industrial chic look with decorative retro lamps.

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• Craft/artisan products to give individuality to a lighting scheme — shouting about craftsmanship .

• Pattern on pattern — a move away from the minimalistic schemes.

• Use of deeper and richer colours such as aubergine.

• Use of darker metals.

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2. When is hotel lighting too dark?

Balance is key — use layers with lots of lights and good control. Good task lights for reading and dimmers create a moody ambience in snugs and bars. Use dimmed central lights and accent table lamps and floor lamps.

Most hotels make the environment too bright — they need to use fewer spotlights and use more layers with dimmable chandeliers, wall washes , table and floor lamps.

3. Battery-operated candles, your thoughts?

They are best used high up in a room, in a ceiling or wall fixture where you can’t see into the wax surround. I recently designed part of a ceiling fitting using six battery-operated candles as the ambient light source.

4. Which hotels get lighting spot on?

Firmdale Hotels are very contemporary with lots of colour and flamboyance, a move away from the minimalistic modern look — for examples take a look at The Soho Hotel or Charlotte Street Hotel.

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5. What are your favourite lights at the elstead lighting showroom?

I really loved the Hinkley Plantation, a large Pineapple-shape lantern, ideal for hotel foyers or restaurants. I also loved the Feiss Urban Renewal Pendants, which are ideal for bars. The Oxford chandelier is simple and strong for bedrooms. Then there’s the simple but striking Harlequin Balance Floor Lamp and many great statement pieces from the Flambeau collection for foyers and restaurants.

 

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