top tips for lighting your home

top tips for lighting your home
Everyone wants their home to look unique, stylish, and modern but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Good lighting is essential for any interior space or home but finding the right balance and type of lighting can be tricky. The right lighting sets the mood and ambience of any room and it can make a space feel very inviting. Whether you're looking to update your home's lighting or you're starting from scratch, here are our tips to help you choose the perfect lighting for your home.

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The first step in choosing the right lighting is to think about what you need the light for. Do you want it to provide general illumination for the entire room or are you looking for lighting to assist with day to day tasks like working from home, cooking or reading? Alternatively you may be looking for accent lighting to highlight a dark corner or your favourite artwork. Once you know what you need the light for, you can start narrowing down your options.


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The size of the room will have a big impact on the type of light or lamp you choose. A small room can be adequately lit with a single ceiling fixture, while a larger room will need multiple ceiling and free standing lamps to provide enough light. Be sure to pay attention to the dimensions of the room or space when choosing fixtures so that you choose a light that fits the space. 

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Style is just as important as function. You want your light fittings to complement the overall design of your home. If you have a modern home, look for lights with clean lines and simple designs. If your home is more traditional, look for lights with ornate details and classical shapes such as chandeliers. There are endless styles available so take your time browsing until you find ones that you love.

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Ambient lighting is indirect light used to create a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. This can be achieved in a number of ways with the most popular being table and floor lamps. The right lamp with a shade that diffuses soft and calming light looks great when placed behind furniture or on a sideboard or bedside table. 

The first layer of light should evenly illuminate your space and is typically provided by overhead fixtures like chandeliers, flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, or recessed lights. Once you have this is place you can start to add in a second layer of softer more ambient lighting. This second accent layer can be used to highlight darker areas such as corners and hallways. Layering your light sources will also help to add personality and interest to each space.

In many interiors the best way to light a room is by taking advantage of the natural sunlight from windows and skylights. This will create a fresh and bright feel to a room. When light levels reduce during the evenings and winter months you can add floor and table lamps to create a cosy, relaxing space. 


Statement lighting is all about making a bold design choice. It's a light that will stand out and get people's attention. Whether it's a dramatic floor lamp or a colourful pendant light, statement lighting is an easy way to add personality to a space. Chandeliers are one of the most popular types of statement lighting. They come in many sizes and styles which means it's easy to find one that fits your space perfectly. 

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Feature lighting is all about highlighting specific aspects within your home that you want to show off. This could be anything from architectural details to your favourite artwork. By adding a focused beam of light, feature lighting can make these details really stand out. Wall lights, spot lights and table lamps are a great way to direct focus. 

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