When you step into a room, the lighting, or lack of it, can be one of the first things you notice. Lighting can make a big difference to the look and overall feel of a room, but the type of lighting used is often the last thing that would-be interior designers choose. When you’re enjoying your home you want to ensure that the lighting used suits the style of the room, and strikes a balance between practical and stylish. Here are a few tips for picking the right lighting for your room, and some types of lighting you might want to consider.
Setting the mood
Something as simple as the lighting you choose for your home can make a big difference to the atmosphere. Studies have shown that lighting can affect our moods, and rooms that are properly lit can have a positive impact. Many homes also lack natural light, which means you’ll need to compensate in certain areas ensure there are no gloomy areas.
When considering your lighting designs, some first steps would be:
- Think about how the room is used – rooms used for relaxation will demand softer lighting than say, kitchens or bathrooms
- Create lighting options – you may not want to light the entire room all the time, for example, in large rooms you may want two sets of lights to illuminate different halves as they are used
- Look for dark spots – a floor plan is a good way of identifying which areas won’t get natural light, or where extra illumination might be needed
Types of lighting
Once you’ve drawn up a plan for your lighting and its placement, you can start to think about designs that would work for the space.
Whether you are creating a contemporary or traditional interior design, a great option for brightening your room is to install pendant lighting. Hanging from the ceiling, these lights come in a huge range of styles, and the length in which they hang can be adjusted, so they are great for hanging over a dining table, breakfast bar or other fixtures or furniture.
A big advantage of pendant lighting is that it can become a focal point of the room, and can instantly change the look and feel of the space. For example, hanging a chandelier can give a room a traditional style and create a real talking point, while a copper or coloured shade can add some vintage-inspired styling.
When installing pendant lighting, think about:
- The size of the shade – a chandelier or similar will light the whole room, while smaller pendants are great for focal points
- Hanging length – this will throw the light in different ways, giving you options for how the light is used
- Bulbs – a soft bulb is ideal for creating a relaxed mood, for example, in a dining area, whereas areas such as kitchens might suit a cool white effect
Although you may associate them with business environments, for energy efficiency and brightness you may wish to install LED lights in certain areas at home. From a design perspective, LED lights are incredibly versatile, allowing you to light the darkest of corners and crevices and adding a contemporary touch.
While LED lighting can be seen as quite cold, and maybe best suited to a kitchen or bathroom, it’s actually a very versatile form of lighting. Available in a wide range of colours, you can choose a tone such as warm whites for living areas, and bright whites or blues for practical styles. Many LED lights can also be installed with a dimmer or even colour changer, allowing you to create different looks at the touch of a button.
Some of the ways that LED lights can be used include:
- Ceiling edges
- Under counters
- Down lighting
Because LED lights are installed into the wall or ceiling, they offer a clean, contemporary look while still keeping the room well-lit.
The design of some homes can mean that certain areas can look a little gloomy, and may need to be brightened up. While lamps are one option, they take up floor space and may not be the most practical option. Wall lighting can be an excellent way to add brightness to a room without having to change the layout too much, and there are lots of design options. As we know, outdated light fixtures can put off potential buyers and make a room instantly dated, so adding some new wall lights can be an easy solution to update your room’s interior design too.
From styles such as up-lighters to mirror lights, there are lots of different looks that can be created around the home, and if you want to install wall lights in Sydney then companies such as Carlton Lighting will give you lots of options to get the right look. You could choose simple cube wall lights for rooms such as the kitchen, or soft up-lighters for the living room which can help create a feeling of space, without taking up precious room on your floor.
When planning the interior design of your home, it’s important that the elements of light and colour come together to create the right mood. For example, using white walls and cool white lighting together can create an open effect, but can come across as quite clinical, which is why a more subtle approach is needed. There’s nothing wrong with using darker tones for a feature wall or similar, and then adding wall lights or LED lighting to ensure you don’t end up with a gloomy effect, and this can create a stylish and modern look. You may have already created a look for your home that you like, and want to add appropriate lighting, or you may be starting your design from scratch, either way Carlton Lighting can help. Contact us now to find out how we can create the ideal lighting for your home and style.