If used correctly, lighting can be a simple, affordable and effective way to create a certain atmosphere in your home, as well as a great way to instantly update a room with minimal effort.
However, with so many different lighting options available, from pendant lights to floor lamps, wall lights and even outdoor lighting, it can be hard to know where to start.
As a rule, you want to create balance with the lighting in your home and ensure that your light choices are functional, look stylish and have the ability to create the right ambience.
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1. Utilise Different Types of Lighting in Each Room
Do not fall into the trap of thinking that only one type of light works best for each room such as lamps for the living room, and task lighting in the kitchen.
The best way to create atmosphere within all rooms of your home is to layer the lighting to create depth. In the same way that you would use different textures with your soft furnishings to create a cosy and inviting feel to your living room or bedroom, lots of different lighting can have the same effect.
2. Mix Contemporary and Traditional Styles
Lighting is not just about function, and the style of lights and lamps you choose can also create ambience within your home.
Modern lighting from Made in Design is a great choice for those who want to add a stylish and contemporary look to their home with the focus on clean, geometric lines and perfectly formed oval and circle shaped lights.
However, do not be afraid to also add more traditional styles to rooms that you want to add character to.
3. Add Dimming to All Your Fixtures
The simplest way to change the mood in a room is to dim the lights. You will be amazed at the difference this can make to the overall atmosphere within a room, taking a bright and functional kitchen into a sociable and relaxing space in a matter of seconds.
Scene setting, or mood lighting, as it is also known, is another good option if you want to change the mood of a room at the touch of a button.
4. Embrace Natural Light
People often forget to maximise the natural light in their homes, and this is a big mistake. Although artificial lighting can work wonders in creating ambience in your home, there is little point in spending a lot of money on complex light fittings for a room that is south-facing and receives lots of natural light.
Instead, embrace natural light which can help make your home feel more spacious and vibrant and actively look for ways to introduce more of it into your home such as with the installation of skylights.
5. Create Focal Points with Accent Lighting
Adding a stand out feature is a great way to create wow factor in a particular room, but what is the point of doing so if you are not able to properly see this feature in all its glory?
By utilising accent lighting such as lamps and spotlights, you can make an antique bookcase, or a glass display stand out even more and ensure that it looks striking throughout the day and into the night.