The lighting in your home is very often left to the last minute, or an afterthought to other matters, such as the colour scheme or what furniture you want in the room.
But this is a mistake, according to interior designers. It should actually be the thing that you think of first before you even put any furniture into a room or decide on its overall decor.
And before you even think about the type of lighting that you might require, you should probably appraise where the natural light lands in the room first.
We advise that, wherever possible, you should remove the window dressings in your room and have a really good look at where the sunlight falls, before working out where to put your lights and furniture in.
If one room gets a lot of evening sunlight, this might be the best place to put your favourite armchair and maybe a craft or reading table. The lighting should naturally follow the furniture and be on hand to mimic or assist the natural light, as it fails.
You also want a clear idea of where the power points are, in relation to any plug in type lighting that you might require.
And as for the separate living areas of your home, here is a brief guide to what to look out for when styling the lighting.
An entrance hall should be bright and cheerful and always welcoming. This is the place that you will be greeting your guests and the last thing it should be is dark.
This doesn’t mean installing super trouper lighting overhead, however.
An entrance hall lighting should be ambient, bringing a warm, even glow over the whole space.
If you are lucky enough to have a window or glass doors in your entrance area, this may help lighten your entrance hall. However, a lot of entrance halls are naturally light and need bringing out of the doldrums.
Accent lighting can illuminate dark corners like the coat hooks – this could be achieved with a series of spotlights like inbouw ledspots.
Dark passageways like entrance halls really need a few led inbouw spots sprinkled about to relieve the gloom, ideally.
Whereas something decorative, like pretty pendant lights will cover the whole space.
Stairways are often overlooked when it comes to adequate lighting and these are some of the most important areas that need to be light, for safety reasons.
A lot of people refrain from even turning on the lights that they have got, not wanting to waste the bulb or electricity.
Our tip here would be to install push lights on the stairs as an additional light source, which will turn themselves off after a couple of minutes.
Stair lighting should also pay attention to the dark nooks and crannies. Flush lights on walls can play their part here, as well as LED strips, to illuminate the edges and bottoms of the stairs.
You will be looking for a range of lighting in your living room. Here you will want to relax, unwind, possibly snooze but also be able to see well enough to read or maybe do some other activity.
Large pendant or flush lighting overhead can create the ambient atmosphere which mimics sunlight, perfect for the evenings and darker daytimes.
But for focused lighting, such as reading, you will probably want either a standing lamp or spot lighting.
Spotlighting can come either as a separate lamp or fixed wall lights such as inbouwspots. These can also come attached to furniture like inbouwspots, opbowspots, grondspots.
We think therefore it makes sense to think about your furniture plan and lighting arrangements at the same time.
Remember, spotlighting does not mean the glare of the inquisition anymore these days. The LEDs come in warm shades and better still, inbouw led spot dimbaar are dimmable.
The more options your living areas have to lighten up the dark spaces, the larger and more inviting they will look.