Successful interior design is underpinned by a few basic laws that govern how a ‘stylish room’ should look.
Anything from the use of space to the application of colour can have a huge effect on how a room is perceived, and having covered these two ‘laws’ in our previous blog posts, we are moving on to possibly the most fundamental interior design law of them all: lighting.
Lighting is an incredibly useful tool in your interior design arsenal; it can be used to make a large statement or turn a dull and ‘soulless’ room into somewhere vibrant and exciting or calm and relaxing space.
There are two aspects of lighting that we must understand before starting a design scheme:
1: The first is making the most of daylight. Natural light enriches our homes and y understanding its effects you can transform your surroundings, and believe it or not, your health (yes, light is good for us!). Science has proven that much like plants, humans are drawn to daylight, and by letting more natural light into your home your mental health and state of mind will see a huge improvement.
2: The second aspect is the plug-in kind; avery dramatic lighting scheme can transform your room in an instant, from light and functional to atmospheric and moody!
The majority of people in Britain live in terrace houses built around the beginning of the 20th century, meaning access to large amounts of daylight can be an issue. With only a few small windows, terrace houses often struggle to let in much light, especially when the front and rear of the house are facing North and South.
So, to make the most of the natural light that enters a room, we must create surfaces in our rooms that are highly reflective. One of the most effective ways to bounce natural light around a room is to ensure the room is painted white, or the lightest colours you are willing to have in the space. You can see a great example of how to use this effectively in this nautical-inspired theme detailed by Brand Interiors.
White, cream, and yellow (although, careful with that) are all examples of lighter colours that would effectively reflect light around a space, ensuring the small amount of light that enters goes a long, long way!
Another great way to add an additional reflective surface is the use of a large mirror on your feature wall. By finding a sleek, stylish mirror that fits well with the theme in your room, you can make the natural light you have go even further, and add a great new feature too.
By ensuring some of the larger features in your room such as sofas, dining tables or desks are light in colour too, you can maximise a rooms potential when it comes to sharing the light.
To use electric light effectively, we must change our understanding of it and the purpose of its use.
Using electric light to replicate the amount of light a room receives naturally from the sun can be a costly and mostly pointless struggle. While functional rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens do need to be well lit in areas, lighting should be used more strategically to create an atmosphere in rooms such as the lounge and bedroom.
By mixing a few kinds of calming yet striking lighting into a space, you can create an incredibly stylish and relaxing space, perfect for getting cosy or entertaining in.
Subtle background light from lamps or wall-mounted lights can be used to give a warming glow a space, perfect for corners where two sofas meet, lighting the space for a warm conversation.
Striking uplights are perfect for highlighting details on your feature wall of ceiling, such as pillars.
Adding candles around a fireplace, mantle or in the centre coffee or dining table will lend a warming flicker to the room, ensuring anyone in the space will feel instantly at ease.
Downlighting can be used when required to give a room a stronger and brighter light, but can often take away some of a spaces allure by shining too brightly and lighting up every corner. The installation of dimmer switches can effectively eliminate this issue.
So, there we have part three of our interior design tips series, be sure to use lighting efficiently and effectively in your home, and check back soon for more fantastic interior design tips!