For a brownstone renovation project we’re working on in Brooklyn Heights, we provided our clients with 3D renderings and inspiration photos to ease the challenge of imagining how specific materials, colors, and lighting combinations can look. We thought we’d share our process, and hope you’ll weigh in on your personal favorites. In Material Scheme 1, for example, the drama comes from the hand painted black and white terra cotta tiles which dominate the wall space behind the oven and counter top. We proposed pairing this with painted black lower cabinets and island, with creamy white upper cabinets.
In Material Scheme 2, we kept the dramatic black and white terra cotta tile, but paired it instead with a softer green paint color on the cabinets, with the island still painted black to speak to the tile. Oh, and we’ll paint the inside of the window frames black.
In Material Scheme 3, we proposed a square crackled hand-made ceramic tile in a pale green color paired with the creamy white paint color on the upper cabinets, while maintaining the painted black lower cabinets and island.
For lighting decisions, we use the same system of providing inspiration photos and renderings. In the following scheme, the fixtures proposed here are from Remains Lighting. The round glass pendants are made of thick milk-white hand blown glass and wrapped in a hand-woven wire fabric, referencing historical factory lighting.
Here is the 3D rendering of the actual room, once renovated. As you can see, these images are rough, and don’t have the nuance of the final photos of the space, but they do help one to imagine how the combinations will look together.
An alternate pairing, with two fittings from Paul Ferrante Inc., has a more industrial feeling. The Crescent Shaped Hanging Pendant is enclosed in glass to provide protection from the glare of multiple small candelabra. The cone shaped hanging fixture is one of our favorites because the interior is painted white.
Lastly, these fabric covered hanging fixtures (they can also be lacquered) are made by Urban Electric Co. They come with a white diffuser, which keeps dirt out of the interior of the fixture, but also makes the light less severe. They have a kind of transitional appeal.
Do you have any personal favorites? We love to hear from you.