Posted by admin in House Tips, Interior Design on 08-05-2013
It is difficult to write an opening statement about lighting. Where do I start? “Light is important”. Yes. Indeed it probably is. “You can’t do very much without light”. Again, probably true. “You can have the most stunning interior design imaginable in your home, but unless you can see it…” you get my gist. But another truth is that there is light, and then there is light art. Beauty created by amalgamating differing degrees, angles and sources of light. Light can, on its own, create and dictate almost any atmosphere and ambiance. Whether you opt for subtle quiet, soft lighting such as floor and wall lamps or the more full on overhead pendants and halogen lights. You need to tailor your lighting to suit your space and consider installing dimmers to allow lighting to be fully customisable depending on your mood.
Floor lamps are a great way to add spot lighting to various corners of your room. You can choose from a whole range of styles, from modern chrome halogen lamps to Japanese inspired paper floor lamps and traditional standard lamps with Victorian fringed shades. The type of lamp you choose should not only complement your existing décor and style, it should also provide you with enough light – so halogen lights are a great option for a reading light, whereas traditional standard lamps are better for a subtle glow.
Industrial steel pendants are in right now, and they look great in modern lofts and converted warehouses, although they can also add a touch of contemporary style to farmhouses and country cottages. Choose an adjustable pendant with long cord and clip, allowing you to move the light up and down according to your needs. Funky copper or cast iron industrial shades with vibrant coloured cord look great in any home.
Halogen spotlights are best left to the functional areas of your home – whilst they may not be the most romantic lighting in the world, they’re practical and great for kitchens and bathrooms. Choose from recessed spotlights or those installed on a track – and remember the brighter the lights the more electricity you will use!
LED Strip Lighting
It might not seem like an obvious choice, but LED strip lighting is affordable and rather funky – it looks great used as under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen or floor level lighting in a bathroom and comes in a range of colours – what’s more it is usually supplied on an easy to apply strip, so you can install it yourself!
Wall lamps are a great option where space is limited, for example, in hallways. Stunning 1930’s art deco wall lights are a favourite with the world’s top interior designers, or you could opt for uplighters to create a subtle glow in any space.
It’s easy to find fabulous lighting that will add drama and style to any room of your home – shop online for the widest possible choice at competitive prices and make your lighting into a focal point.