People often associate light with positive connotations smart people are called bright, a cheerful person might be called “Sunshine” and it is rare that a dark, cloudy day will be described as beautiful! The same is equally true of your home and with the right lighting you can make it seem larger, more intimate and more relaxed.
Room by room
Each part of your home needs to be lit in different ways for different reasons. A one size fits all approach won’t work. A bedroom needs to feel comfortable while living rooms and lounge areas need the right balance between having enough natural light in the day while at night you need to make them feel a bit more relaxed or intimate depending on the situation.
Below is a quick overview of the different rooms of the house and the best ways to light them-
- Hallway/main corridor- Avoid low hanging lights if you have a low ceiling, this makes the room appear smaller then it really is. Floor level lighting is a good addition if you need a little extra illumination at night.
- Living room- Clustering lights together is effective, especially when focused on key points of the room such as the coffee table or an alcove in the corner of the room. Adding floor lamps can also add to the relaxed atmosphere, especially if you have a dimmer switch that can set the brightness as you like it.
- Dining area- Admittedly fewer homes have a specific dining area. If you are lucky to have one a chandelier or other form of light hung low is best to form pools of light, this helps to create a more relaxed dining atmosphere.
- Kitchen- There ought to be one central light, preferably using energy-efficient bulbs that use a white light rather than a dimmer yellow light. However it is also worth having focused lights on the areas where food is being prepared and served to make it easier to see what you’re doing!
- Bathroom- This is the area with the least natural light because this room tends to have the smallest and obscured windows (for pretty obvious reasons!) Therefore you need to make sure you have bright central lights, especially near the bath and shower.
- Bedroom- The key thing here is comfort and intimacy. Floor and table lamps are great for being able to read in bed, while you may also want track lights or an equivalent over a desk if you work in your room (also a good idea if you have an office or study room).
As well as the types of lighting it is also worth considering adding colours. Lighter shades such as peach and orange are good for creating an atmosphere of warmth, ideal if you have minimalist style and want to add a bit of colour in the evenings in a subtle way.
Greens and blues add a certain coolness to a room. This is ideal if you have a conservatory or a room with a swimming pool.
How you choose your lighting depends on what is available to you. If you are in the process of designing or refitting a room practical elements should be considered, such as making sure people do not trip over cables or ensuring that each light is positioned in the right way to show off the best parts of a room.
In short if you are prepared to put the time in and to carefully look at how the room is set up you can get the most out of your lighting!
image source: metalluxlight.com; Capriccio 6 Light; Catalogue2013; Authorised use KES Lighting
image source: metalluxlight.com; Amleto 10 Light; Catalogue2013; Authorised use KES Lighting
Anne Mckenna is passionate about lighting and a director at KES Lighting. She has many years of experience she enjoys blogging about everything from ceiling and wall lights for the home and garden lighting.