How to successfully light your home room-by-room

Lighting can change the entire ambience of your home. We've put together a guide on how use lighting room-by-room.

By Becca Green | 18 September 2019

Need some advice when it comes to lighting your home? Follow this guide to ensure that your entire space is beautifully lit.

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When planning a scheme, it’s important to decide on the overall design plan for the room and how the lighting could enhance it. Managing Director or Christopher Wray explains that ‘one room may need a lighting scheme that allows for practical tasks such as food preperation, draws attention to a decorative feature and provides a general illumination.’

We’ve put together a helpful guide that you can use as a starting point for your project.

Create a warm welcome

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Make sure to style a welcoming hallway by highlighting its architectural features. ‘Fit uplighters at the base of interesting doorframes and beside window frames to draw attention to them,’ suggests Marcus Steffen, founder of MS Lighting Design. On a staircase, wall lamps or spotlights built in to the risers look great and have a safety benefit.

Smart fittings are useful in spaces that are passed through, such as coridors. A simple solution for a gloomy hallway is to include a table lamp on a console table or shelving unit to spread the soft glow.

Put together a well-lit living area

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Aim for a seamless combination of ambient, accent and task lighting in a living area. Add another layer with table and floor lamps, creating pools of light that eliminate any dark areas.

A cosy spot to sit and read will benefit from adjustable spotlights and floor or desk lamps nearby; in other words, directional task lighting that’s bright enough to enjoy your book or newspaper.

Choose a ceiling pendant light or chandelier to complement the room’s décor. Bold designs with structural shapes will be the focal point of any living space.