Every good interior designer will tell you that lighting is the secret to a great home. With the right lighting, you can change the entire ambience and feel of a space. You can make a small room feel bigger, or a cold space feel warm and cosy. Lighting can be practical, function or both! There are many different techniques involved with lighting, and today we’ll introduce you to some of our favourites. You’ll want to approach each room differently and work with an open mind. Let’s take a look at your options, shall we?
- Impact light fittings
Designers love to use impact light fittings to wow visitors. These light fittings are big, eye-catching, and beautiful. We’re talking chandeliers and pendant lights here. They are designed to add luxury and artistry to a room. We often use Jeremiah lighting fixtures here for a touch of class and decadence. Hang them in your hallway or living room for the biggest impact.
- Dimmer switches
When it comes to creating a cosy or romantic atmosphere, there is nothing better than dimmer switches. Rather than a harsh overhead light, you can choose the level of lighting to suit. It can be great for shielding your eyes from harsh fluorescents in the morning. More importantly, they’ll help set the right mood in the evening!
- Natural light
When thinking about lighting solutions, we sometimes forget about the best light of all: the sun! Capitalising on natural light is the interior designer’s best trick. It’s not easy though and requires a deft touch and ingenuity. Where possible, try to use light curtains or netting to flood your home with natural light. Use skylights to maximise the sun’s potential, and finish with plenty of mirrors to reflect the rays.
- Ambient lighting
Ambient lights are non-intrusive overheads. It is also referred to as general lighting or overall lighting. It is simple, functional and provides a sensible, all round illumination. We’re talking about kitchen spotlights or bedroom overheads. You’re looking for optimal vision, but without overpowering the room.
- Task lighting
Task lighting is typically used to supplement the ambient lighting. It will provide a more specific light, usually to aid a particular task. For example, ambient lights in the kitchen aren’t always enough to get into the darker corners. Installing task lighting under the cupboards can help when it comes to reading a cookbook or chopping veg. Task lights are also great in the bedroom as bed-side reading assistants.
Lamps are a common form of task lighting, often found in the bedroom and living room. However, we actually think they play a much more important role. In the living room, we often think a lamp is a better source of ambient light than overheads. It’s a warmer, cosier glow and can highlight objects and artwork. It’s homely and comforting. They can also be used as decoration themselves if you choose the right design.
Lighting is a fantastic way to set the mood in your home and provide the right ambience. However, there is something of a science to getting it right! Follow this advice and you’ll light your home perfectly.