Interior Lighting Guide from Julia Jones
Lighting is often overlooked when people come to consider interior design. This shouldn’t be the case, as when considered carefully lighting can have a tremendous impact on your interior, as it will enhance the colour and help create atmosphere. There are essentially three types of lighting when considering interior design, general, task and accent. General, as the name suggests, is the lighting that simply makes the room visible. Task is directed lighting, for reading, or lighting work surfaces. While accent refers to lighting that is used to create ambience with in a room. We will attempt to outline how these different types of lighting can be used to create contemporary and stylish lighting solutions around your home. Each room within your house has different lighting requirements, we will describe what lighting we feel would be useful in each area of your house.
Hallways, entrances and the staircase.
Entrances and halls around you house need to be well lit, as this helps to create a warm inviting feel to you property. If you are looking to create a strong feature within your hall a bold pendant light will perform that task. If you have a large entrance or hallway why not add a few small tables with lamps. Lamps are a great way of adding layers of light to a room, and will create soft pools of light where you have them positioned. Try placing a mirror behind where the lamps sit to spread the light and warmth. If on the other hand space is limited, it may be best to use wall lamps or gentle down lights.
The Living Room
With your living room the first consideration is the direction which it faces, if the room is north facing it will naturally be darker and you will need a warmer lighting solution, particularly true during the darker winter months. A combination of the types of lighting within your main living space will enable you create the perfect lighting solution for your needs. A central light feature such as three light pendant would provide enough illumination for a room up to 5 x 4 metres. If you have relatively low ceilings, consider a flush or semi flush pendant/light. As well as your main light fixture, we would suggest using table and floor lamps to enable functionality and ambience. They can be great for focused lighting for reading tasks etc, and also for giving soft illumination of dark corners
The Dining Room
A carefully selected central light positioned above your dining room table can create an excellent sense of design, and enable you to enhance any well set table. It’s important to have the brightness correct as you do not want to blind your guests while eating, yet they will want to be able to see what they are eating. Ensuring you position the light in the centre of the table, and no lower than approximately 60 cm off the table, will create the right atmosphere. Alternatively if the dimensions of your dining room don’t lend themselves to having a large central pendant light feature. The same stylish ambience can be created with the use of a floor lamp with a arching arm.
The bedroom is another room that takes careful thought and consideration when attempting to find the correct lighting solution. As with other rooms the combination will depend on how you intend to mainly use the space. Generally you would consider a bright pendant or ceiling light, to ensure you have enough light when dressing yourself. Then table lamps would be essential for bedside tables, creating soft pools of light and enabling individuals to read with out illuminating the whole room. If you are someone who does a lot of reading or work in bed, you may wish to consider small spot, or wall lights behind your bed. If you are wishing to create a more “boutique” style bedroom then a large bold central statement piece is essential.
The kitchen is often the heart of a home, a place to gather eat and socialise. It is also a highly functional room, and as such you need to ensure you have the necessary light. A good ceiling light is very import, a central multi lamp spot light would generally be sufficient. However you could consider a series of multi-head spot lights or down lights that will enable you to provide direct light to work surfaces. If you have large a newly designed kitchen, you could quite likely have a free standing island. If you do you could use your lighting arrangements to emphasise this, perhaps with bright low hanging pendant lights.