When designing a space, the lighting can sometimes seem a bit of an afterthought. Until the sun goes down, its easy to forget how the lighting in your room dictates the feel and your mood.
different types of room lighting
You need light for different things, for example, functional task lighting in the office/kitchen, stunning statement lighting in the hallway and ambient light (table and floor lamps) to enhance the mood of a room. You can also add LED lights to shelves or around cupboard perimeters to add additional drama. In short, lighting can really make or break a room design!
Generally, you need more than one source of light in a room. When working on a design, I always like to include a mixture of overhead (ceiling), accent & task.
Here are some really simple tips to layering the light in your home:
lighting solution for dark dingy corners…
When you have an empty / awkward corner, transform the space with a floor lamp. The lost corner then becomes an intentional part of the room design.
subtle mood enhancers
Subtle lighting sources like wall sconces and floor lamps amplifies warmth and ambiance. It is often unnecessary to use ceiling or spot lights as these can create a harsher feel. However, I recommended swapping all ceiling light switches to dimmers so harsh light and be lowered (and mood enhanced!) where and when needed.
Occasional lights like anglepoise (including wall hung versions… see selection at www.anglepoise.com) & table lamps provide gentle task lighting while also infusing a feel-good glow wherever they are.
missing the 🔆🔆🔆…?
A floor lamp placed near a window is a clever substitute for daylight once the sun goes down. Recreate the feeling of sunshine and natural light at nighttime!