Often overlooked, lighting is not only key in creating ambience within a space through highlighting and accentuating, but it must also serve a practical purpose. We’ve outlined a few tips on achieving the perfect balance throughout your home.
Choose multiple sources of light for your space ensuring you have a mix of overhead, accent and task lights. A decorative ceiling fixture can act as a focal point whilst additional wall lights can add warmth and functional brightness. Accent lighting such as spotlights or table lamps can act as a further layer, placed next to seating or highlighting architectural features of the room or artwork.
Whilst we are all for championing aesthetics, even we acknowledge that lighting has to have a higher function in its chosen room. Think about how bright your lighting needs to be in a room for completing typical tasks – especially important in kitchens and bathrooms where bright direct light is essential. Likewise, think about how you will move in the space – is a hanging pendant suitable, do you need more even light across a large area?
“Think about how bright your lighting needs to be in a room for completing typical tasks
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Lighting can be a quick correction for difficult spaces. North-facing rooms without direct sunlight can be made inviting through clever placement of table lamps to illuminate dark nooks and crannies whilst an oversized floor lamp can add character to an otherwise lost corners. Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of over lighting darker spaces – the addition of excessive overhead lighting can create unwanted shadows and lose the natural warmth of a space.
Simple hacks such as placing dimmers on lights to allow manual adjustments in response to the changing light during the day can be highly effective without breaking the bank. Likewise, movable shades or lighting pieces which have articulated parts which can be swivelled to direct or block light offer easy flexibility.
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Choosing bulbs isn’t just a question of level of light needed, or economy with longer life options. When used under a shade ensure proportions are in keeping so tips of the bulb don’t peek over and spoil the effect of the carefully chosen shade design. When using shades on a sconce or chandelier ensure frosted or soft-white bulbs are used to eliminate shadows cast by shade clips. Finally, ensure lampshades are oriented to hide seams and that they sit straight on the lamp base