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A Perfect Composition

Close up on the photographer’s kitchen 

As a photographer, Adam Helbaoui is used to balancing the elements and focusing on the details. When it came to restyling his kitchen, he knew just how to build its composition. 

“I wanted a kitchen with an earthy colour selection and a good deal of wood, with little in the way of white walls or ceiling.”

Adam Helbaoui, interior photographer

He also wanted to give the different elements within the space a clarity, where the colours of the materials transition from one another quickly and purposefully. With black lighting and hardware to break into the softness of the muted colours. 

PULL BARS in BLACK LINEAR, CAGED lighting and EXHAUST spotlights provide just the right amount of impact.

Given his years behind the lens, it’s no surprise to find that light was given some considerable thought when the kitchen was being designed. 

“ For me, lighting is more than just a light source – it’s also a part of the interior design itself. I tried to take into account what the materials, colours and also products would look like during daylight hours as well as after dark. I’m using lots of dimmer light sources instead of just one our two that are strong. It gives a more consistent light casting inside”

Adam Helbaoui

The result is a really well-balanced and proportioned space that speaks fluent sophistication. 

As we live in an image-driven world, we asked Adam for a cheeky tip or two on how to nail the perfect interior shot.

“What I’ve learned is that it’s worth waiting for the sort of light that you like, overcast conditions are actually good because you have an automatic softness of light and colour which you can manipulate in photo software or in those apps on your phone. Also, try to take your shots straight – not sloping – so the perspective isn’t off. But, then, at the end of the day some of the best pictures are the ones that are spontaneous and unprepared.”

Adam Helbaoui, interior photographer