Seeking inspirational yet easy to action lighting ideas for your home but lacking the technical know how? Get into the mindset of a lighting designer with expert tips and advice from johncullenlighting.co.uk’s Sally Storey as featured in Elle Decoration. We found her insights illuminating....
- There are three kinds of lighting: general lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. A mix of all three will help you to achieve decorative lighting
- Decorative lighting adds a feel of texture and brings out the shape of objects, and a decorative lighting scheme has different variations of light levels and source, for example bright lights in kitchens and dim lights in bedroom
- Always consider high-tech options. LEDs can be programmed to create complex lighting schemes that can be controlled via your smartphone
- To create a lighting plan it’s important to consider what, where and when activities take place. A well-lit kitchen that doubles as a space for children to do homework can also be transformed into an atmospheric dining area. The key is smart layering, using devices such as recessed ceiling spots and individual dimmers to achieve depth
- Dimmers will allow you to change the mood of the room and create a variety of lighting effects. Consider table lamps on one circuit, downlights emphasising pictures on a second and recessed uplights or shelf lights on a third
- Don’t go for symmetrical ceiling layouts. Symmetry doesn’t matter, it’s what you are illuminating that is important. Lines of downlights give the impression of an office space, rather than a home
- Use uplighters on the floor or above units to make a room feel larger: they will wash your wall with light. Also remember that white walls will naturally reflect more light back at the viewer