Does your home give off a kinda dark and gloomy vibe? Or is there something about it that reminds you of a convenience store? Proper lighting design can fix all that.
On the hunt for some inspirational home lighting ideas to help us create light, bright and airy homes, we spoke to Denise Hammond at Beacon Lighting to request the best, easy-to-achieve lighting tips.
From choosing the right lamp to creating a whole-house lighting plan, lighting is super important if you wish to create a relaxed and refined vibe at home. The trick is in understanding how interior lighting design best works.
Denise’s first tip is to make sure that lighting is one of the first things you consider when building or renovating. (Read: It’s an expensive item to fix later down the track.)
“Many homes are designed by well-meaning builders and electricians who aren’t actually going to live in the house,” she says. So, be sure to openly discuss your ideas, inspiration images and mood boards with your builder and architect.
Using lighting to brighten a space
In a dark room your main aim is to add the right amount of light without making it feel clinical. Sometimes the right light doesn’t have to be installed by an electrician; instead you can try brightening up the space with a lamp.
Lamps are a wonderful way to keep costs otherwise incurred by a brand new lighting plan to a minimum. Lamps can also be as varied as the space they’re featured in.
Denise says: “A well-chosen table or floor lamp is an inexpensive way to freshen up a tired room. It adds light and shadow to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.”
“Many lamps suit different decors and may well stand the test of time, blending in with home interior updates and even becoming a family heirloom.”
Desk lamps don’t just have to be functional. Denise explains: “Desk lamps aren’t only designed to add extra light to a space, they can also become a feature in a room. Denise’s tip: Place the lamp in a corner of a small room or by a window to add depth and emit a welcoming glow to visitors.
It is also important to get the right amount of light that you need for your workspace; it’s not worth straining your eyes with a poorly-lit desk.
Floor lamps provide a higher level of light yet remain less imposing and more subtle than overhead lighting. Floor lamps can also have the ability to light up a whole space or room.
Hallway lighting ideas
If your hallway is drab and uninviting, you’ll be surprised at what a difference adding some interesting lighting can make.
Low-cost and compact LED options are available to help brighten almost any hallway or entryway.
How to choose the right light globe
When it comes to buying the right globe, brighter isn’t always better. Rather, Denise suggests looking at colour temperature:
“Colour temperature is the appearance of light in terms of warmth or coolness.”
As a general rule: Warmer, yellow-toned globes have a lower colour temperature, whereas the convenience store’s preferred blueish-white tones have a higher temperature.
Pendant lighting ideas
Denise shares insights into key home lighting design trends and looks, and how you can embrace these at your place.
The provincial home trend is a blend of country chic, industrial style, and traditional elements. Think a rustic feel meets a roughed-up Hamptons look. Glass pendant lighting makes a strong statement in these kinds of homes, as does a beaded chandelier (as pictured), which is generous in size, and allows light to filter through in dramatic directions.
Architectural style incorporates modern, mid-century and clean lines. Think metal and glass fashioned into unique shapes and profiles to create interesting pendant lighting.
Brass, amber glass, black metal and smoke glass are typical of the materials used to craft the light fixtures in architectural-style abodes.
When you think organic lighting, you think all things natural, textural and unprocessed.
Textured ceramics of charcoal, mint and white look stunning when used as pendant lighting, as do beads of roughly honed timber stained black and draped in a graceful fashion.
More modern lighting ideas
“Downlights can make for a monochromatic, minimalistic and modern addition to any home lighting design,” says Denise. Just be sure to think bold, dynamic and streamlined to get the look right.
“Black floor lights strike a chord with the daring designer; think dark timbers mixed with metals shaped into timeless pieces.” Divine!