Lighting can completely transform a room from flat and uninviting to cosy, modern, welcoming and undeniably stylish.
With that in mind, here are some top tips for choosing the best lighting for each room in your house.
Mix It Up
Lamps, unlike room lights, can be effectively layered and several can be used in the same space to allow for an appropriate level of light.
This often takes the form of several floor lamps to create an initial body of warm, relaxing light, combined with table lamps that create stronger spots of illumination.
Mix and match different types of lamps to get the ideal look you want.
Ensure Your Light Fits Your Needs
Typically, there are four main types of lighting used in a given home:
- Ambient/Overhead Lighting: The general lights that are used to make a space visible.
- Task Lighting: These are desk lamps, reading lights and table lamps designed to fit a certain purpose.
- Accent Lighting: Lights that draw attention to a particular detail, such as artworks or within cabinets.
- Decorative Lighting: Lights that do not fulfil any specific purpose.
Most of the lights in your home will fit one of these purposes, and so when choosing a lamp, ensure that it fits the space you require and the type of light it emits fits one of these four purposes as required.
Never Forget Line Of Sight
For table lamps, in particular, it is essential to choose a lamp that does not either inadvertently cause glare nor does it make a space feel darker and less inviting.
One rule of thumb that is helpful to follow is the line of sight rule, where the bottom of a lampshade on a table lamp should be roughly the same height as eye level when you sit down.
This improves comfort and ensures that the light can be used for reading and precise hobby work.