When thinking about the flow of space, ambience and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most fundamental elements. Style experts share their tips on how to use lighting effectively to make your home feel bigger and warmer.
Make a lighting plan
Create a mini brief or lighting plan that tackles the essentials. Think about what activities take place in each room like eating, reading etc. Consider style, scale, output and even colour temperature of lights before you go rushing into design decisions. Early planning makes for less headaches and rushed last minute decisions.
Make sure the lighting is helpful
Consider what tasks you may be undertaking in each room where lighting can affect or aid you. Cooking requires more concentrated lighting. For reading, flexible and directional lighting aimed away from you is better. Dimmers will quickly become your new best friend, providing an energy efficient and effective way to quickly change the atmosphere and warmth of a room.
Choose the bulb carefully
You should consider the following:
- How bright do you need your space (watts)
- What atmosphere are you trying to achieve (colour temperature, e.g. lower temp is more similar to candlelight, while higher temps are more akin to a blue sky outside)
- Should energy efficiency be considered (for more frequently used lights)
- How durable are the lamps
Use spotlights to highlight your favourites
Use lighting to subtly (or not so subtly) focus on a feature wall, architectural element or key possession.Spotlights work well pointed at the centre of a dining table to draw people in.
Less is more
Keep theme, colour schemes and material finishes consistent throughout the home, especially when it comes to lighting. Too many different styles in a sordid array throughout the home can be confusing on the eye and will cause uneasiness. Neutral, lighter tones will open up a space and make it appear larger, statement pops of colour (e.g. through lampshades) will add interest, while darker hues add a touch of luxury and cosiness. Keep it simple and consistent.