A good range of lighting options throughout the home will help to create the right ambience for varying activities and moods. Carefully chosen lighting will transform your space into a bright, welcoming sanctuary where you are your guests feel relaxed and energised. Read on for suggestions on choosing the right lighting for different rooms of your home.
The Living Room
The living room is where most families spend most of their time relaxing. It is therefore important that the lighting in this room creates a warm, welcoming feel and provides adequate light for a range of activities including watching TV, entertaining friends and reading.
Using a number of different light sources works well here to ensure all areas are well lit. For the main ceiling light, dimmer switches offer the most versatile solution, allowing the light to be lowered or raised as required. Choose a beautiful pendant light fitting for the centre of the room that is in keeping with your chosen décor. There is an excellent choice of pendants on the market, made from glass, metal and crystal, in both contemporary and traditional styles. Make sure the fitting you choose is right for the size of the room. A large living room will need a light fitting that is big enough not to get lost in the space.
Add to this a number of wall lights to evenly distribute the light out from the centre. Uplighters work well as they throw the light up to the ceiling, where it is then reflected back down, creating a flattering wash of light.
Finally choose complementary floor or table lamps for soft ambient lighting, perfect for creating a romantic setting. These should be placed close to seating so that they can double up as useful light sources for reading and close up work.
The Dining Room
The main light in a dining room is usually the light above the dining table. This illuminates the table and also draws the eye to the centre of the room. When choosing a light fitting for your central ceiling light, it is important to consider the shape of your table. For example, a round pendant shade will work well with a circular dining table, whereas a sequence of drop pendants will look better arranged over a rectangular shaped table. Hang your pendant lights so that they sit approximately 60cm above your tabletop.
Add to this, a number of wall lights, table lamps or floor lamps to create a cosy glow. To create a romantic setting for two, simply dim the main light, turn on the lamps and add a few candles to the table.
At night, soft gentle lighting is necessary to help minds slow down and prepare for sleep. Bedside lamps on both sides of the bed are ideal lighting at this time, as they create a gentle glow that can also be used for reading.
During the day and when getting dressed and ready to go out, a bright overhead light is important for checking hair, clothes and make-up. Here a bright central light and possibly a carefully positioned floor lamp will illuminate the dressing area and mirror. Choose styles that blend in with bedroom colour schemes and styles.