renovation restoration, considerations-
Apart from my admiration for Mr Manrique’s paintings and sculptures, our visit to his home/studio/gallery on the Canarian island of Lanzarote threw up some more inspiration for dealing with dark places in style. http://www.cesarmanrique.com/fundacion_i.htm
I like the way he has lightened these small interior courtyard/ cave spaces, some of which have even less natural light coming in than our cave at the French village house, which will become a guest bedroom.
Although the cave is double aspect, it has low beamed ceilings and is 30 feet long, opening onto a little interior courtyard with high walls . We did consider a light well, but would have compromised the kitchen space and fittings immediately above.
These photos show how Manrique the artist mixed white with bright colours and the result is not at all oppressive. Love the idea of him and his creative mates sitting around drinking wine and eating tapas ( and my favourite, patatas bravas!) till four in the morning!