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Transform Any Room With These Lighting Hacks

From the bathroom to the living room and the kitchen, there isn’t a room in the house that you don’t want to evolve. For some reason, it is impossible not to upgrade a home, even if you have just finished a remodel!

The problem with having an interior design addiction is the cost. You are well aware that decorating any area of your house costs a lot of money. So, to keep the cost down and upgrade your property, you need to concentrate on the little details like lighting.

Here are the lighting hacks that you need to know if you want to revamp any room and not spend a fortune.

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Choose The Right Fixtures

The obvious choice is to install a ‘big light’ in the middle of the roof to take care of all of your lighting needs. However, one big light is not the only choice at your disposal. In fact, if you want to transform a room and complement a particular style, you will need to consider your options. For example, if you don’t want a bright room you should use a variety of lamps. Lamps provide a softer light that makes a room look much cosier and warmer. Stuck for ideas? Festive Lights have tons of inspiration on their website. 

Task Versus Ambient

Although you should go with your preferred style, you should also mix up the type of light in any room. So, if you prefer ambient lighting, it is always a good idea to have at least one task lighting fixture to add contrast. ‘Wait a minute. What are ambient and task lighting?’ Task lighting is bright, bold light that dominates a room whereas ambient is soft, mood lighting. Regardless of the tone, you should mix and match to get the tone exactly right.

Double Up

One tip that all lighting design specialists will recommend is doubling up. In layman’s terms, to double up means adding an extra fixture to the room so that there is always more than one fixture in any room. A singular light fixture will struggle to illuminate a room on its own, which means it won’t have the desired effect. By giving it a mate, every room in the house will gleam and look its best at all times of the day.

Natural Light Is King

Yes, synthetic light is a good alternative, and it will do the job. But, natural light is better because it makes everything look more appealing. Obviously, you want as much natural light as possible, which is why you have to exploit the windows as much as possible. The best way to do it is to use curtains instead of blinds. Then, all you have to do is draw the curtains during the day to let in all of the light. At night you still get your privacy, but during the day you can take advantage of the sun’s rays to great effect.

Add Mirrors

‘What do mirrors have to do with light?’ The answer is a lot because mirrors reflect light at different angles. These reflections help to make the room look bigger and roomier, which is one way to revamp a room. When it comes to lighting, there is a variety of options that can turn a dull room into a lively one.

2019-02-25T14:27:12+00:00 February 25, 2019|Home Decor|

Chic Country Charm: Décor Inspiration for Your Home Office

Perhaps you run your own business and need a well-designed and designated space that feels separate from the rest of your home. Or maybe you have the desire to create an area just for you, where you can work on your side project or indulge in your favourite hobby. No matter the reason, there are many ways to style a functional yet sophisticated home office, filled with chic and comfortable country charm.

Chic Country Charm: Décor Inspiration for Your Home Office | UK Lifestyle Blog

Invest in Statement Pieces

For a country inspired office, the key to achieving this look is in selecting statement pieces. From an extravagant accessory to a large item of furniture, a statement piece will act as a focal point within a room and help to pull the overarching theme together.

In your office, make sure your statement items are timeless and fit with the surrounding space. If you have an entire room, this could mean finding the perfect desk. Alternatively, if your office is within another area, such as the dining room, consider storage that complements the interior, such as an oak country style sideboard.

Aim for a Lived-In Look

How would you describe a country home? Words like warm, welcoming, cosy, charming and comfortable may come to mind. As such, when designing a country-inspired office, forgo perfectly finished and polished pieces in favour of items with a raw, authentic feel. These will give that lived-in, rural style while also being sophisticated and chic for years to come.

Consider Finishing Touches

When trying to achieve any look within a home, the finishing touches are vital. For example, if trying to create a boutique hotel bedroom, upscale lighting and luxury fabrics are essential. When creating an office with a country design, the accessories can help to define the space, too.

In a charming country home, accessories are often abundant, with books, ornaments and items adorning every surface. So, when finalising your office, think about how you can emulate this. You could choose a vintage desk lamp, display wild flowers or select a raw wooden letter holder.

Make it Feel Inviting

Lastly, while an office must be practical above all, with space to complete tasks, an ergonomic chair and adequate storage. However, to achieve country style, your workspace must also be inviting. There are many ways to achieve this, including lazily draping a woven throw over your chair or enhancing the ambience by placing lighting at different levels.

Whether you have the space to dedicate an entire room to your office, or you are repurposing an unloved alcove, consider these tips to create a workable, charming and country-styled home office.

2018-12-14T18:38:58+00:00 December 14, 2018|Home Decor, Post|

Tips for Lighting Up the Living Room: Shine Baby, Shine!

Lighting is one of the most important and often under appreciated aspects of internal décor which can make or break all the other elements. It is also extremely important to match the lighting with the mood and the theme of a particular room, which is where we often go wrong. Take a look at the following tips to know how you can avoid common lighting mistakes and make your living room shine.

Tips for Lighting Up the Living Room: Shine Baby, Shine! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Three Different Types of Lights

The general rule is that a room as large as the living room requires three different types of lighting, which are categorised as ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting. While you can get away with skipping the accent lights (especially when the space is quite small), ambient and task lighting are essential.

Ambient lighting 

This refers to the general lighting in any living room that acts as the primary source of illumination. There are many ways to go about it, but pendant lighting works particularly well for ambient lighting, given how many widely varying options you get with the ceiling fixtures here. There are tube LED lights, pyramids, cubes, birdcages, disco balls, chandeliers, cluster lights, classic round bulbs and so many other options that it is easy to get spoiled for choice, irrespective of the décor you have going on in your living room.

The ambient lights in a living room are responsible for creating the primary atmosphere, so choose carefully and in the right numbers. What this implies is that a particularly large living room may benefit more from multiple smaller pendant lights, than just one big chandelier, while one small chandelier with a mirror on one wall could actually make a small room look bigger than it is.

Task Lighting 

Just as the name suggests, task lighting refers to specialised light sources that serve to aid in a particular function. For example, a reading lamp or a recessed cabinet light meant for lighting up the kitchen counter is known as a task light because it helps the inhabitants of the home in performing certain specific tasks better.

Tips for Lighting Up the Living Room: Shine Baby, Shine! | UK Lifestyle Blog

Accent Lighting 

The job of accent lights is to highlight points of interest in the room. If you have ever seen cove lighting or tray ceilings, you know what accent lighting is. Alternatively, you can use sconces to accentuate a photo wall or a piece of art that you proudly own and would like to show off to your guests.

Dimmer Switches are EVERYTHING!

The brightness control which dimmer switches allow are a game changer and until the days come when we can use smart lights everywhere, they are a must for any living room. Not only do dimmer switches allow for perfect ambience control by enabling people to adjust the brightness in accordance with the available natural light, as well as the occasion at hand, they also help in bringing down the power consumption quite a bit over time.

Consider Colour Temperature

It may not look like it at the time of the purchase, but rest assured that unless every lightbulb that you are buying is of the same kelvin colour temperature, the whites and the yellows will differ from each other once you fit them into the fixtures and turn them on. Since a mixture could look quite clumsy, make sure that every bulb you buy has the same rating as the others, especially when dealing with pendant lights.

Making a living room shine isn’t about making it as bright as possible, but more about filling the entire room with just the perfect amount of light which it needs to look bright, inviting and cosy at the same time.

2018-12-14T18:26:29+00:00 December 14, 2018|Home Decor|
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