New Light and Space Paint!
We were invited to produce a Video Casestudy detailing the use of Dulux Trade Light and Space colour range in a specialist property in Russell Garden Mews, London. The owner and architect, Ian Hogarth, dug deep on this project with half the property being built underground. So unique was the design that it appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’. The specialist paint supplied by Dulux Trade featured reflective particles which allowed more natural light to be bounced down into the basement areas.
Russell Gardens Mews is a new build property in the heart of bustling West London. The lifelong ambition of architect and owner, Ian Hogarth, this four bedroom family home contains a dream wish-list of features, ranging from a state of the art dance floor, to a wellness suite and indoor fish pond.
But with around 50 per cent of the house being constructed underground and the house occupying a narrow, high density site, creating a light, bright minimalist feel was a real challenge.
[Interview with Ian Hogarth]
This is a fairly large house on a small plot and half of it is underground. Some of the underground bits are 5metres below ground level so we had to make the most of the light coming in here. There are these big glazed openings and these are used in conjunction with a light reflective paint to bounce the light into the deeper corners.
Putting his architectural skills to good practice, Ian incorporated a number of features into the design of the property to maximise light, but throughout the home, he also chose to use shades from the Dulux Trade Light & Space colour range which are designed to make the most of natural light.
We first heard about Dulux Trade Light & Space through the architectural press and when we looked a bit deeper into it it seemed ideal for the situation where we had these glazed openings where we needed to bring light into deep places.
Dulux Trade Light & Space paint has been produced using ground-breaking LumiTec technology. It uses a combination of highly reflective paint components and cleaner tinting recipes, that reflect substantially more light back into and around the room, making spaces feel bigger and brighter.
We’ve used Diamond Matt in most places which is wipe clean. And then in the wet areas, kitchens and bathrooms, Diamond Eggshell. The majority of the property is in absolute white and then in a few restricted places we used the colour range,such as the wall behind which is a colour called ‘Cotton Breeze’ which is to link with the lilac wall on the outside of the property.
We’re very pleased with the finish and the effect of the light. I think it does make a difference. Some of the rooms, when the sun shines, look almost Mediterranean. There is definitely a different look to it. I think it is definitely something we will specify in the future.
Having almost completed the project now the design and the materials that we’ve used (Dulux Trade Light & Space) has been very successful in achieving the ends that we’d hoped.