Lighten Up

Lighting design is both an art and a science. Technology is changing all the time, making it easier to create some magical effects, as well as offering the possibility to reduce your impact on the environment.

Spotlights work well in recesses but it is worth thinking about what you will be highlighting. The spotlight in the bathroom of our Weybridge project looks fabulous highlighting the beautiful pieces of coral, but it really wouldn’t be the same if this was where the client chose to keep half used bottles of shampoo and conditioner.

Uplighters are brilliant for making the most of interesting architectural features and, combined with strategically placed downlighters, can wash beams of light up and down a blank wall, creating drama out of nowhere. Perfect for breaking up a long run in a hallway.

Pendants create a fabulous focus. In this case, the pendant our decorbuddi, Nikki, selected with her client is designed to make a statement even before you arrive, as it can be seen through the window from outside. Every single light in this project was carefully chosen and positioned to catch the attention and enhance the atmosphere on both the ground and first floors.

LED strips can also be used to add drama or provide more general, ambient light just about anywhere in the home. Under shelving, tucked in picture rails or, as seen here, built into the wine cellar. It has also become a very popular way to introduce some fun into your home with words spelt out in LED strips in different colours – which work as either stand alone pieces or integrated into bespoke furniture.

Even if you are not embarking on a major renovation project, there is a lot you can do to change the atmosphere in your room with lighting. For instance, adding a dimmer or changing the size and position of plug in lamps. There are so many gorgeous lights to choose from. Ikea has some fabulous lighting solutions that work well if your budget doesn’t stretch to sculptural pieces like these wall lights from Porta Romana. And of course there is plenty in-between.