When it comes to achieving the ideal lighting for your home, each room needs its own purposeful fixtures – here’s how to approach getting it right for every space
Despite what the amateur decorator might think, there’s nothing to be taken lightly when it comes to lighting up your home; how you choose to illuminate different rooms impacts how you feel and how the space functions. Before you splash out on that must-have modernist lamp or crystal chandelier, put together a lighting plan that considers mood, purpose and fit at different times of the day and night.
When investing in a statement piece for a dining room, consider how it looks when switched off as well as on – it should add atmosphere either way.
Less can say more
Subtlety is key if you’re looking to illuminate a themed space. For example, think understated seashell-inspired pendants rather than a clichéd fisherman’s lantern in a nautically styled living room.
Getting bathroom lighting right
“In your bathroom, create a spa-like feel by adding different layers of light. This elegant design is emphasised by silhouetting the bath with Lucca uplights, which also catch the shutters emphasising the horizontal struts. Infill light is provided by Aquabeam downlights,” says Sally Storey, creative director, John Cullen Lighting.
Switch the mood
Instantly change the mood of a room and switch on to dimmers. energy efficient and a foolproof way to alter the atmosphere of a room in a heartbeat, turn down the bright white and and crank up those warm inviting tones.
Do it yourself
The simplest lighting solutions are often the most impactful. Get your DIY on and use fairy lights in mason jars for an instant welcoming win or pick up an affordable ready-made alternative available from any number of local retailers.
Layer your lighting, and throw convention out of the window, to mix it up by pairing antique pieces with contemporary fittings for added personality.
“Say no to cluttered nightstands and replace bedside lamps with hanging pendant lights. Available in an infinite variety of designs and functionality, anchor your sleep sanctuary with some directional style,” says Bowles.
*Prices of products are as per April 2019
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