One of the most enjoyable parts of creating a home is bringing your personality to the canvass. Every home has distinct features that set it apart from the rest and bringing these features to the fore with the right lighting is an essential part of successful home décor.
A good place to start is to consider all aspects of your home and identify its defining characteristics. Perhaps your home has interesting windows, old oak wooden floors, distinctive granite worktops, or there are alcoves and recesses you would like to illuminate? Choose the individual elements that give your home its character and then consider possible lighting ideas.
Here are some to get you started:
A Dramatic Entrance
The first thing most visitors will see when they enter your home is your hallway. This is your chance to introduce them to your home and your personality. You have a lot of options here. You can use sequence pendant lighting on the ceiling to create the sense of a welcoming path to be followed for a welcoming feel, or spotlights to focus on family portraits or art that introduce visitors to you and your home.
A Game of Homes
Be playful with your lighting. Keep in mind that even a single room can have many characters and different personalities for different occasions. One switch can focus spotlights on your dining area. Once desserts have been enjoyed, illuminate your lounging area with some subtle wall lights for a more chilled feel. Almost every room in your home offers opportunities for multiple lighting combinations.
Nooks and Crannies
Cosy personal spaces are all the rage these days. Under-stair nooks, open closets, alcoves, recesses and window areas can all be transformed into becalming boltholes that are perfect for kicking back and settling into a good book. The secret to bringing these forgotten spaces back to life is lighting. With space at a premium, recessed lighting with the warmest shades is the winning choice here.
Very often it is the smaller individual features that give your home its character. Small wall lights, standing lamps, downlights and wall lights can create pockets of light throughout your home that make these features stand out. Perhaps you want to illuminate your bookshelves, or draw the eye to a Persian rug? Make your home’s best features stand out with targeted lighting.
Lighting the Landscape
Don’t forget that creative lighting isn’t just limited to interior spaces. If you have put a lot of work into your home’s exterior, you want it to look great day and night. If done properly, landscape lighting can highlight your home’s architectural features and illuminate the focal points of your garden. Well-placed outdoor spotlights, uplights and lamps can really bring your property to life.
At Carlton Lighting, we have lighting solutions for every home and every setting. If you want to put the winning features in your home back in the spotlight, contact us today to find out more about our luxurious lighting solutions.