You may think lighting is merely an accessory in the form of the odd table lamp to prevent you from falling over the coffee table at night, but lighting isn’t all about function in the traditional sense.
Carefully thought-out illumination is essential to creating the mood and tone in the different rooms in your home. Good lighting also plays a vital role in helping you look and feel fabulous in your environment - as anyone who’s ever tripped over the bags under their eyes in fluro lighting will know!
Well thought out interiors comprise a variety of lighting sources - layered and individually adjustable to suit your mood, events, or the time of day.
Lighting falls into three main types…
This is the fixed, overhead lighting that provides general illumination for a room. General lighting should spill soft, flattering, light across your space, providing functional visibility and creating a natural ambience without a harsh glare. Pendants, down lights, recessed, track lighting, chandeliers and wall sconces, can all provide functional lighting.
This form of lighting comes into play when you literally have a task to do - whether that’s reading the newspaper in your favourite armchair, reading a book in bed, preparing a meal at the kitchen bench, or working at your laptop in your home office. Task lighting is directional lighting that performs a specific function, and can include lights recessed under the cupboards in a kitchen or bathroom, in a bed head, or an angle-poise lamp on a desktop or bedside table.
Finally, there's ‘accent’ or ‘feature’ lighting, which can be used to highlight a room’s features and focal points such as artworks or decorative objects. Accent lighting spotlights the areas of your home you want to showcase, leaving the less centre stage-worthy areas to retreat into the shadows. Think wall lights, recessed lights, spotlights, floor, and table lamps.
Don’t forget good lighting doesn’t always have to involve a power point! For soft feature lighting that creates a relaxing mood, candles are matchless, particularly if you opt for battery operated flameless candles. (See what I did there?!) Not only are flameless candles safe, many also often feature a timer function that means you can set them to flicker off after you fall asleep.