By Megan Slack
As the co-owner and Creative Director for Firmdale Hotels, Kit Kemp knows how to curate a perfectly ambient space. Her boutique spaces combine fearless hues with vibrant textiles, which are brought to life with light and thus allure travelers worldwide.
The master of design, Kit knows exactly how to emphasize light and create an atmospheric space that exudes the distinct allure of a hotel. Here, she reveals her interior design tip – and her secret is refreshingly simple.
In a recent post, Kit penned a love letter to glass – the timeless material that has radiated light for centuries. However, her light-enhancing tip goes one step further, as Kit encourages us to experiment with glass on glass – because more glass means more light.
‘Glass is such a wonderful material to work with. Whilst we are known for our vast Crittall windows, statement mirrors, and mirrored walls, the way we use glass in our design extends much further,’ Kit begins.
‘One thing that goes very well with glass, is glass! We often like to place a beautiful glass accessory in front of a mirrored wall or mirror-lined cabinet. Whether mirror, colored glass or clear, layering adds that sense of harnessing and playing with light that all designers covet.’
Kit encourages you to rethink our modern living room ideas by layering glass furnishings, mirrors, and accessories, as demonstrated in the Lafayette room in Crosby Street Hotel (above) and The Whitby Hotel in New York (below).
‘Catching the light and creating ambiance, glass is a material long used to enhance design, beauty and harness light,’ Kit explains. And how can we accentuate her glass on glass tip even further? With more glass, of course. Or, more specifically, a glass chandelier.
‘When I’m looking at the initial concept for a building, often the grand statement that I’m going to make with a chandelier or lighting scheme is one of the first places I start,’ Kit shares.
This statement will not only inject a hotel-style statement into your scheme but will also harmonize with your other glass-on-glass pairings and make your space feel even more radiant.
Kit has just given us every excuse we need to spend the weekend sourcing new glass pieces. It’s time to try and recreate Firmdale's elegance in our own scheme, and our living room lighting ideas have never felt quite so exciting.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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