Most people do not think about lighting when they start decorating their apartment. They spend all their time poring over paint charts and magazines but it is actually the light that shows off a space to it full advantage. Good lighting will make your home feel spacious, clean and welcoming.
Natural light, electric light and colour are all connected. When decorating your apartment these are all things you should think of and coordinate before starting your project.
If your windows are small you could use light blinds or muslin drapes instead of curtains. This will allow the natural light to come through without any interruptions.
A successful lighting plan should be made up of several layers of lighting. In this article we will go through the different types of lighting that can enhance your living space:
Lighting is very important for creating the right ambiance when hosting a party. The mood of the room can change from calm and romantic to energising and vibrant by experimenting with different types of lighting. A mirror can be used to bounce candlelight around the room and crystals, diamond and other reflective surfaces are ideal for an extra festive sparkle.
If your room is large and has a high ceiling and you want to make it appear cosier, you should introduce several types of small lamps to create low pools of light. Think about how you arrange your lights as these can create unusual patterns on your walls and ceiling.
Highlight certain areas of the room such as the fireplace or willow stems with fairy lights to create a shimmering glow. Change the speed of the flicker to create the right party mood.
If your are lucky enough to have an outside space with your apartment, consider buying a patio heater, chimney or wood burner as people always like to stand outside at a party even in cold weather. For that extra welcoming effect add tea or fairy lights to create the ambiance of an indoor party.
To make the most out of the natural light available in your apartment, you need to think about what you will be using the various rooms for, keeping in mind that the daylight changes throughout the year. Here in Britain we don't have to worry about the strong sun but sometimes you may find the bright summer light uncomfortable to sit in. Conversely, harsh winter sunlight can make everything appear flat.
Ideas to maximise your natural light
Electric light can never light a room as efficiently as the sun, so think of electric light as atmospheric background. With electric lights you can easily create either a cosy or a really dramatic light effect in your apartment.
Ideas to maximise your electric light
Accent lighting is meant to give texture and shade to all general lighting by adding depth and shade with different shadows and pools of light. It is formed by a mixture of halogen spotlights, downlighters, uplighters, tracks and table lamps. With the table lamps use opaque shades that directs light down and prevent it spilling out. Tracks are great for lighting different areas of a room.
Once the basics are in place, decide which possessions to highlight, whether it's glass or a picture.
This is what you need when your are doing specific jobs whether it is reading, cooking or working on your computer.
Task lighting needs to be focused on the area you are using. If the light seeps out, you are likely to get glare from other surfaces. Task lights comes with tungsten, halogen or fluorescent bulbs.
What you need from a task light