Beacon Design, Chelsom refurbish Down Hall Hotel

The Down Hall Hotel in England announced the completion of its renovations. Located in Hatfield Heath on the Hertfordshire and Essex border, the Italianate mansion dates back to 1322.

Beacon Design and Consultancy, and Chelsom were commissioned to complete the refurbishment of 54 of the hotel’s executive guestrooms, with the main objective of providing guests with modern comfort and style while retaining the traditional ambience of Down Hall.

The brief to Chelsom required a lighting scheme to be created on a limited budget, balancing contemporary design with the more traditional elements of the guestrooms that were being retained. The high ceilings were also important considerations for the company, since the fittings needed to work with the scale of the guestrooms.


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Chelsom’s “Como” chandeliers were selected as the centerpieces for the guestrooms, based on the design of the existing Flemish style pendants. The eight armed chandeliers offer a similar Flemish style, though being made from blown glass provided them a contemporary look on a larger scale. In order to achieve maximum light output, all shades were made in oyster and finished with a contrasting trim to compliment the general color scheme of the rooms.

Providing a bedside lighting solution are handmade ceramic “Pearl” table lamps with a glossy pearlescent glaze, teamed with rectangular oyster shades trimmed in taupe. The rectangular design of the fittings enables the lamps to be pushed towards the wall in order to save space on the nightstands.

The “Swing” desk lamp was also specified as part of the lighting scheme, meeting the design requirements outlined in the brief stipulating that the product should be finished in brass to maintain consistency with the rest of the metalwork in the rooms. The desk lamp was completed with an oyster tapered shade with a taupe trim, creating a more contemporary look in the same finish as the bedside fittings to tie in various elements of the overall lighting scheme.

For the guest bedroom lobby, fittings from the “Snap” range were selected, incorporating steel frames with PVC fabric diffusers for easy installation and maintenance, finished in white textured stripe for a clean look.