It’s no secret that the types of lights we choose and the placement of them often affect the whole personality of a space. Whether for your own comfort or to set the mood for your guests, lighting is one of the important elements for homeowners to effectively influence the ambience of their homes. There are a variety of options to work with; LED lighting, floor lighting, kitchen cabinet lighting, accent lights, ceiling lights, table lamps – he list goes on. Below are some clever design tips to help you inject into your home that extra radiance.
HIGHLIGHT THE DETAILS
The LED strip lights work wonders in highlighting design details in any home renovation or interior refurbishment project, whether it is in your living room, kitchen, and bathroom or bedroom space. When used in the kitchen, they are wonderful under hanging cabinets to highlight or light up your countertops. You can also have these around an island unit or breakfast bar as they give the illusion of floating furniture, which can create a magical feel at night and is great for wowing guests. Not only are they fantastic for setting up the interior mood, but are also very functional. LED tape flex strip lights are easy to get from most large hardware stores and can be cut to a preferred size with an adaptor that you plug straight into the wall.
ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Make a statement at the entrance of your home by setting the tone for the evening as this is the place where you welcome guests. Lighting can serve the purpose of transitioning visitors from the bright daylight into the lighted interior. During the day, the entrance should not be too dark that it takes someone a while to adjust right after entry. The same goes for night time, it should not be so bright that guests are startled by the contrast when coming in from the dark.
The entrance of your home is a great opportunity to welcome guests and set the tone for the evening. Lighting can serve the dual purpose of transitioning visitors from the bright daylight into a lit room. Once the entry way is sorted, it’s only right to have the rest of the house perfect for entertaining. If you want guests to take a certain path into the room where you are hosting, make sure it is well lit as opposed to other paths. Avoid bright and direct light when entertaining guests, rather, lighting should be focused on walls and points of interest.
A good example would be using light to accent a prized piece of artwork, or an intriguing design feature of your home. Alternatively, you can opt for colour in lighting as long as it is not overdone. Warm colours such as orange and red will increase the cheeriness and warmth of the room.
ROMANTIC SETTING WITH CANDLELIGHT
This is a charming and cosy way of using lanterns to create a romantic atmosphere in passageways, bedroom, dining area and the bedroom. An intimate feel can be achieved by lowering the lighting and subduing colours. Remote LED candles are amazing and there‘s a wide variety to choose from which are cost effective and environmentally friendly.
When creating a laid-back feel, ambient lighting is key and essential in a kitchen as it is becoming a social space in our homes. Good lighting should be an integral part of its design and lighting will set it apart. The LED splashback lighting is the in thing and an immediate punch especially in white kitchens.
LED lighting has opened up so many possibilities for walls and splash backs. Opt for one with a colour changing feature on the remote control and take your kitchen décor to the next level.
CREATE RELAXATION WITH YOUR FLOORS
Accenting the floor with cool white drop recessed lights and micro spotlights is a great way of adding warmth and an inviting atmosphere into your interior. These can be used anywhere in the house; hallways, bathroom, staircase and are also great in the garden as well as a balcony. You can also insert them in the floor to use as uplighters for excellent low-level lighting. These can be super slim with a recess depth of just 12mm.
When used in the bathroom, around the bathtub, they offer a relaxing effect and a spa-like feel. Floor spotlights are definitely great to use after a long day when one wants to unwind. When inserted vertically on a stairway, they are ideal for highlighting any design details.
Stewart Naish is Project Director at TC&D Construction. As a highly experienced and skilled property refurbishment professional, he shares his wealth of knowledge and insights into the world of interior design and fit out for both residential and commercial property renovations on his Twitter page. An avid fan of Arsenal FC and all things creative, he is happy to offer advice and feedback to anyone looking to share his passion for interior design and architectural beautification.