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Lighting the Way
Posted on March 30 2022,
Lighting in a room is so important.
It contributes to the functionality of a space, but more importantly it provides atmosphere and warmth, contributes to mental health and helps zone different areas. Lighting also has an impact on other design choices, such as paint colour.
With that in mind, here's how to choose the right lighting for your home.
Before any decorating project, it’s vital that you look at the room at all times of day to assess where the natural light is coming from.
Paint colours often look different in different lighting conditions. An evening sun will look very different to the cooler first rays, so it's important to look at your chosen paint shade in all different types of natural light. You can use our paint sample patches to test out different shades of our water-based paint.
Consider also the shapes the light plays on the walls. If you have nature outside (lucky you!), then look at the way the shadows from the trees dance on the surface of your walls. Embrace nature by keeping that wall clear of other objects, or make a feature of it by arranging wall art.
Downlighting can feel quite bright in certain rooms. Spotlights are very popular, particularly in contemporary interiors, but you should always include a dimmer switch, so you can control the level of brightness.
Plan the type and spacing of the spotlights, and consider how the room will be used before picking the positions on the ceiling.
Floor lamps can really be a standout feature in a room, instantly drawing the eye.
Contemporary styles work just as well in older homes as in modern ones, while shaded lamps provide warmth and create cosy corners. Consider the furniture around a floor lamp - wires should not be seen and floorspace will be needed for the base - and ensure they don’t block natural light or plants.
Table and surface lamps
No room should be without them!
Regardless of your decorating style, surface lamps add texture, shape and warmth to a room. They can also create areas, light dark corners and generate a cosy and welcoming environment, even in larger rooms.
With a huge variety of styles on offer - from industrial bulbs, to animals, to fabric - there is something for every home. Mix and match your lamps and don’t be afraid to choose a style that contrasts with your interior. These items can be lovely decorative features as well as functional pieces.
These are extremely popular in bedrooms and kitchens, especially over islands, but they can also add a classy touch to a sitting room and they work particularly well in dark corners without room for a standing lamp.
Big bulbs look fantastic!
Wall lights are perfect for adding yet another layer, which is essential when creating a comfortable space. They're softer than overhead lights and take up no extra space, making them a great option if you have a smaller room.
Lighting the Way
Whether your taste is modern, mid-century, metallic or all-out kitsch, there is a lighting option for you. By planning your room in advance, you can ensure your choices work alongside your natural light, your paint and wallpaper, and the space's furniture and accessories. You can even take into account seasonal decorations, such as Christmas lights!
Most importantly, be mindful of your own needs and, if you need any guidance on making it all work together, don't hesitate to get in touch.