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Top tips on how to light your home from an expert

When thinking of interior design one of the most important aspects is lighting.  Not only is it functional – providing light to create a safe and comfortable environment, it also enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the mood and ambience of a living space.

Indeed, according to lighting designer and manufacturer Nicola Schellander, its qualities are magical and have the ability to transform a room, making it look larger and adding tones and colours to bring it alive, yet is something which is all too often overlooked.

Type of Lighting

Lighting plays an integral part in collaborative spaces, therefore deciding where best it should be positioned and in which room, should be done with the upmost care and due diligence. Choosing the right type of lighting for different rooms needs careful consideration and if not done correctly homeowners are at risk of being left with a poorly lit home. This can lead to a variety of issues, such as affecting the interior’s ambience, altering the perceived size of a room and even have a negative impact the mood of the homeowner or guests.

Overall, the chosen lights should serve a functional purpose as well as offering a stylistic aesthetic. The three types of lighting you can choose from are: Ambient Lighting, Task Lighting and Accent Lighting. These will form the building blocks for the home lighting design and help to create the perfect balance in a homeowner’s interior. The type of lighting adopted is entirely dependent on the individual and their requirements, but each style possesses its own identity and agenda. If deciding upon a feature, then this may be isolated to one particular room – especially if adopting a statement piece to highlight a particular area in a home such as a dining table, stairwell, kitchen island or a bar.

Create a Mood board

Mood boards are one of the most powerful tools in a homeowner’s arsenal when deciding on a home’s lighting design. Visual concepts are a constant source of inspiration, therefore crafting a mood board allows people to collect their thoughts, material ideas and schemes in one place to establish a coherent design concept – without the risk of compromising the end goal.

When embarking on your interior lighting journey, creating a mood board featuring preferred materials or surfaces from magazines, newspapers or online helps the homeowner visualize how they will look firsthand – ultimately allowing them to focus their design preferences more coherently.

Work Out Your Budget

Working out a lighting budget can be tricky. Depending on the budget available, homeowners may wish to consult to the maker or designer to work alongside them as they will be better placed to produce a range of options in line with the customers projected spend as well as provide something more bespoke and individual to them.

In order to maximise the cost-effectiveness of an interior lighting budget, homeowners may also need to establish where the main light sources will be placed within the room. Considerations of the changing light throughout the day and how this will affect the aesthetics of the room will need to be made – as what might appear appealing in the morning may not in the evening and as such different lighting for darker lights will be required.

Choose Colours Wisely

When choosing colour homeowners should contemplate the emotional response that is being reflected. Similar emotions may not want to be reflected in every room and therefore lighting should be tailored to the role the room plays in the home.  For instance, if certain colours are particularly calming to the homeowner, then they may want to be placed in the bedroom in order to instill that emotive response.

Homeowners should have the courage to expand their repertoire of colour by embracing new possibilities. Even if the décor within a room is entirely neutral, pops of colour pendants can add stunning accents of colour without dominating a room. With a choice of mix and match colours, these pendants can be changed throughout the year to accommodate summer and winter themes. Considerations of space and themes should be considered in line with the choices of colour and style. 

Scale of the Room

Before embarking on choosing the type of lighting used in the home, it is first crucial to observe the scale of the room and do some basic measurements. Not only will this ensure that the chosen light fitting will fit in the preferred space, but it will ensure that a homeowner chooses the correct lighting. For instance, long hanging lights may need a higher ceiling and would appear ill-fitting in a standard-sized room.

Different types of lighting may suit better depending on the scale of the room. So, whilst hanging lights may be compatible with high ceilings, homeowners can achieve the same effect by adding other types of lighting such as a bedside wall light instead.

Homeowners must ensure that the lighting chosen will not leave any dark or gloomy spaces in the selected room. Failing to take such considerations on board not only leaves your home at risk of appearing dull or uninviting but the lack of sufficient lighting will affect the interior’s ambiance as well as the perceived size of each room.

Does it Reflect Your Character?

Lighting can make a house into a home and can allow the personality of the homeowner to shine through. Without good lighting, expensive characteristics and well thought out details that the homeowner may value could be at risk of becoming suppressed or even lost altogether.

Lighting should reflect your character and highlight your direct needs. Again, talking to a designer will help you discover how different aspects of lighting may suit best depending on a homeowner’s direct needs.

When developing a home lighting plan, it should complement a homeowner’s lifestyle and be suitable for the various activities that occur in each room. Depending on the activity considerations should be made on what type of atmosphere they wish to create and the decorative elements they wish to emphasise.