Light, both artificial and natural, will transform any space. You can make small rooms become open and airy with large volumes of diffuse light, whilst large open plan spaces become cosier and more inviting with intimate layers of light centred around seating.
Illuminate one wall with an asymmetric wash of light in a narrow hallway to push the wall outwards making the space feel bigger. In areas where the architecture is dull, introduce playful non-symmetric lighting details to add interest.
Tip: A spotlight reflected against a white wall will diffuse the light and illuminate more effectively than pointing it towards the room
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Materials and Colours
If you are looking to lift light levels in a space, use materials that reflect light such as mirrors, high gloss and metallic or lacquered surfaces. By combining a polished marble countertop or a white lacquered wardrobe with the right light source, a space will feel lighter and more spacious. Dark, matt or textured surfaces absorb most of the light with a matt, black surface absorbing all light that hits it. Dark materials will always appear dark, even when well-lit, as no amount of artificial light will make a room with dark walls appear bright. It is important to remember this when choosing a colour or material palette for a room.
Tip: In dark rooms, strong overhead lighting can draw attention to the room’s light deprivation. Instead, use multiple sources of soft ambient light. Use glass knick-knacks to spread light throughout the space
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Types of Lighting
When choosing artificial light for you home, it is helpful to breakdown the different types of lighting required into four categories: (1) General or ambient lighting which is diffuse, indirect light that fills the volume of a room; (2) Accent lighting which defines a space or object; (3) Task lighting which allows us to fulfil an activity efficiently and safely; and (4) Decorative lighting creatively used to personalise a space.
These categories should be considered when choosing the priorities of a space. For example, a bathroom may require task and general lighting whilst a sitting room may require decorative and accent lighting. The key to balanced light within your home is to ensure the layers of light work with the functions required. You can also use light to highlight the most important surfaces or emotionally connect people to treasures in your home.
Your Interior Designer will be able to help you create focal points and introduce layers of light to create the perfect lighting in your home.
Tip: When lighting the dining room, position pendant lighting over the table to act as down lighters. This will ensure you don’t cast your own shadow over your plate
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