Lighting really does have the power to make or break a space. And creating the right ambience and warmth is incredibly important in our lounges and living rooms.
In this post, I'm going to share my tried and tested tips on achieving a successful lighting scheme in your home.
With a few tweaks and changes, you can have a space that morphs into a new feel at the flick of a switch (or two).
Consider Layer Sources
Adding layers of lighting around your room allows you to be creative and bring together functionality and attractive design all in one place. Consider layering light from different sources. We're talking ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. Let's dive into each...
Ambient lighting is the foundational layer of your lighting scheme. It's your bread and butter, creating a canvas to layer on top of. This usually includes your ceiling lighting, wall lights and any natural light.
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Task lighting does exactly what it says on the tin, it lights up a space (or part of it) to help you carry out a specific task. If you have a reading nook in the corner of your living room then this might look like a floor lamp to help you relax and devour your books. If you have a desk space in your living room, the light might be a little more direct, perhaps a bright table light over your work station. Often these lights are a little more functional in their looks such as adjustable arms - although that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful.
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Now we're down to the really fun stuff, where we can really let our creativity run wild. Perfect for cosy evenings around a fire or pouring a glass of wine with a friend, ambient or mood lighting is used to create drama in a room, highlighting your artwork, fun architectural elements of your room or adding a glow to your bookshelves.
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Don't forget Movement
Lighting up our rooms doesn't have to come from a plug either. My favourite way to create a cosy, warm space is to add in candlelight. Not only does it create dramatic lighting in your lounge but it also adds movement which is essential to achieve an ambient space.
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So, there you have it. My must have elements to achieving a flexible and functional lounge lighting plan. Let me know which you're going to add in first in the comments below!
If you'd like a guiding hand with nailing your own interior lighting scheme, I'd love to team up! Please call Vicki Kress Interiors on 01759 306777 to arrange your Home Visit.