So many homes are poorly lit, with older homes being under lit and newer homes often being over lit. Getting the right balance can be a challenge – get it right and the space will be a pleasure to be in, get it wrong and you’ll never feel comfortable in the room.
There are four key ways to light your home: ambient, task, accent and decorative, and each one provides a completely different effect.
In the hallway, you can afford to do something a bit wild. A hallways passing-through space is the perfect space to be brave with your lightswitch choice. You can make a real statement with decorative pendant lighting; this kind of fitting not only illuminated the space, but it is also a feature in its own right.
The choice of bulb is important too, as the colour of the lighting in your home can completely affect the look and feel of the existing décor – so choosing the right bulbs are key. Avoid cool colour temperature bulbs in hallways as they can make the environment pasty and pale, and instead opt for warm bulbs to add a soft glow to the space.
This room is often an area that is over lit with far too many downlights. In the kitchen, you should light the work spaces, such as the island and counter tops, and the dining table too. Pendants over a dining table or island work well to bring light to the room – try adding these to a separate circuit to the rest of the lights in the room so that you can control the atmosphere in the space.
Open plan spaces
When it comes to open plan spaces, keep the location of your furniture in mind. By doing this, you can add light to different zones more effectively. Don’t rely solely on ambient and overhead lighting in an open plan space, as this kind of light is purely functional and gives an overall illumination for a space.
Make sure to include some secondary lighting, such as floor and table lamps. Not only will this style of light help to dress a room, but they will also create atmosphere.
If you have a separate living room, it’s nice to try and have a completely different kind of lighting treatment in that space. For example, it’s nice to keep the ceilings completely clean and have a mixture of wall lights and lamps to create ambience in the room.
When it comes to kids’ bedrooms, one central light source will provide great flexibility as furniture starts to move around when they get bigger. For lighting in a master bedroom, simply add light to the room with lamps, wall lights or even two-hanging pendants either side of the bed. This will provide ambient lighting to the room and add a touch of class and sophistication, too!