In the battle to breathe new life into the home and make each of its rooms into a wonderful new dynamic space, many home owners find themselves overlooking some of the simplest changes of all.
Lighting is one of the simplest and least expensive changes that you can make and the impact on how each room looks, increased vibrancy of colours, the comfort of each room and even the ambience will be noticeable instantly.
Of course it’s easier said than done to make s sift through the of the thousands of different types of lights, lighting products and accessories on the market, So, here is a quick look at a few tips on how to do exactly that:
1 – The Benefits Of Soaking Up Natural Light
Quite simply there isn’t any form of lighting on earth that comes close in terms of beauty and effect to natural light. The vast majority of interior lighting products and strategies are put together to help replicate and enhance the beautiful of natural light. Not only is natural light the most attractive, but it is also the healthiest to human in terms of beneficial effects to body and soul alike. So it goes without saying that one of the first things any home owner looking to go about revamping their home should be to ensure each room is soaking up as much natural light as possible.
2 – Be Clever With Mirrors and Windows
To really make the most of the natural light that enters the home, the effect can be intensified with strategic use of mirrors and window treatments. If, for example, your current window dressings are rather on the thick and heavy side, there’s a chance they could be blocking plenty of light even when they are open as dark fabrics and colours can absorb as much as 70% of visible light. As for incorporating mirrors, there’s really nothing more effective for creating a feeling of space while at the same time reflecting and intensifying the available natural light.
3 - Multiple Light Sources
One of the most important rules when thinking about lighting any living space is to ensure the environment is lit using a variety of lighting sources. A room that features only one single type of lighting fixture rarely results in a particularly pleasant effect and will typically leave certain areas that create far too much contrast, leading to some areas that are too bright and others that are left in the dark or overcast with shadows. So again unless this particular effect is desired it’s worth thinking about introducing multiple lighting sources.
4 – Exploring Different Lighting Technologies
When it comes to interior lighting for residential environments it is important to remember that things have come an incredibly long way over the last 10 years. Traditional incandescent light bulbs have now been phased out of the market entirely and the same is being said for pretty much any form of lighting including Halogen (to be phased out in 2018). If you haven’t yet considered LED fixtures or the latest examples of CFLs (compact fluorescents), now is the time to see just how these lighting technologies could improve your home’s interiors with a greatly reduced carbon footprint.
5 – Bespoke Lighting Design
Last but not least, it’s worth remembering that there are a few lighting suppliers that offer a custom, bespoke lighting service, allowing complete creative control while offering a fitting that is unique to your project. So if you’re looking for something a little different that is guaranteed to bring a new dimension to a room or living space, get in touch with us here to discuss your design concepts and ideas.
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