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Planning Your Lighting Part 2

Planning Your Lighting Part 2

A great lighting plan can really bring out the best in a room. It can create a unique atmosphere, highlight the things you like about it and help to hide the nooks, crannies and areas you don’t.

SIZE IS EVERYTHING
The size of the room is a big factor. If the room is small with low ceilings, then decorative pendant lighting won’t be practical and there may not be enough room for lamps that need to be placed on furniture. Here, downlighters that take up no space within the room work beautifully
and wall and floor lights allow you to layer your lighting as well as creating variety and interest in your design scheme. If you have a large entrance and hallway, you may want to make a grand statement with a fabulous pendant light, modern or traditional. This will be a great focal point but may not give enough light for safety reasons on stairs, for instance. Here, LED lighting allows you to be far more imaginative. You can light up each step or have small lights in skirting boards or under stair banisters.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Wall wash lighters spray light, up, down or in both directions to create a combination of light and shade on a wall. If you have pictures on the wall, picture lights can not only light the art work but also contribute to the overall lighting mood of the room. If you have a smaller dining room where you feel you need a large central light, consider having three smaller pendant lights in a row. This works particularly well in a kitchen diner to light the kitchen table or island independently.
If there isn’t much space for bedside lamps by the side of the bed, you can use wall lights on arms or with a separate spot, or have a pendant light either side of the headboard, hanging over the bedside table with a mirror on the wall behind to give an exciting solution to a practical
problem.

LAYERING LIGHT
Having different layers of lighting means being able to operate different lights separately. For example wall and ceiling lights would have separate switches, ideally with dimmers. This will give you the flexibility to change the quality of the light and so the mood in a room,
letting you use it for different purposes and changing the focal point, highlighting and defining different areas. Layering can also ensure you don’t have to make so many compromises for your chosen style of light to perform several functions, so the beautiful lamps or wall lights you’ve chosen can be supplemented with down lighters or pendant lights, and an extravagant chandelier can be helped with spotlights or well-chosen floor lamps.

AND REMEMBER…
Too much light will be overbearing and, paradoxically, make the room feel gloomy and depressing; and that natural light is constantly changing according to whether it is sunny or dull, changing through the
day and with the seasons. Flexibility is so important. Getting it right can make all the difference to your room and total decorative style.
Getting it wrong can change the first or last impression from ‘Wow’ to ‘Hmmm.’ So get the right advice, get the right lights, talk to someone who knows and can help you with the vital finishing touches that the right lighting can bring.

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