Choosing the correct lighting for your space is very important, so here we explain the best way to light your home…
Whether it’s food prep, dining, hosting or laundry, a lot happens in the kitchen and it can be difficult to choose appropriate lighting.
Overhead ceiling lights can be useful when you need to do housework as they illuminate areas such as cupboard front and flooring, whereas accent lighting such as spotlights can be used to show off ornaments and collectibles (or your favourite wine glasses!) Task lighting such as pendants can also be used for detail-orientated jobs such as washing up and preparing meals – use them over island counters, bars and sinks.
For many people, a bedroom is much more than a place to sleep – it can be a place to relax with a good book, work at a desk, watch television or dress for an evening out. Therefore it is important to plan your lighting to match your lifestyle.
Soft, recessed ceiling lights can provide ambient illumination, whilst task lights stand ready on the desk and bedside table. (It is wise to choose a cool white bulb if you read regularly as this can prevent eyestrain). Finally overhead, a beautiful chandelier can act as both a dimmable ambient fixture and a decorative accent.
Bathrooms can look and feel very different from day to night.
When you wake up, bright white light can awaken and refresh; while at night a soft, dimmed light can create a relaxing ambience for a late night bath. Overhead ceiling lights can be used to create an inviting atmosphere, and accent lighting above the mirror can keep light moving throughout your space.
Living / Dining Room
It is important to have balance within a well-lit living / dining room as a variety of different lights are normally used.
Permanent light fixtures such as ceiling lights should be on a dimmer switch so they can be adjusted properly from day to night, and they should work alongside task lighting such as floor lamps and table lamps to create the right ambience. Accent lighting such as wall sconces and down lights can then be used around the room to highlight features such as ornaments and pictures to create a final layer of lighting.