The right lighting in your apartment can make or break the balance between having a spacious well-lit abode or a dark and dreary space that has a massive effect on how much you enjoy your home.
Apartments in the UK, in general, can be quite tight for space and are known to come with a particular lack of natural light because of small windows and high rise buildings blocking out the light.
Luckily, there is a whole lot that you can do with the lighting in your apartment that will help to make it look more spacious.
If you want your apartment to contradict its actual size and feel warm and inviting, then you have to ensure you know what you’re doing with the lighting.
Here are our expert tips on how to get the lighting for your apartment just right.
- Utilise natural light
Before we get into the amazing lighting fixtures that you can add to your apartment, the first thing you should do is consider the natural light that you have available.
Natural light can be pretty limited in small apartments, so it’s imperative to take advantage of as much as you can. Natural light is one of the best ways to make an apartment feel a bit bigger, and it eliminates dark shadows that can make your space feel more claustrophobic.
Make use of mirrors to play with the natural light that you do have and reflect it into areas that it might not reach; this will amplify the space and make it seem much bigger than it really is.
- Use ceiling fixtures
If there’s one kind of light that will really help your apartment to seem more spacious, it’s the use of ceiling fixtures. This style of lighting fixture directs the attention of your space upwards to make a room seem more open; they also add a bit of drama and flair that can deceive the eye into thinking it’s much bigger than it really is.
However, don’t only use ceiling lights, and ensure that you have other fixtures to compliment your chosen fixture(s). A single ceiling fixture can detract from your room and make it seem smaller, so remember to pair it with something else.
- Task lighting
When selecting lighting for your apartment it’s also really important to consider what you are going to be using each room for. The brightness and position of your lights should be determined by the activities that are taking place in each room in question.
For example, the kitchen is going to be used for chopping and cooking and therefore it’s important to have bright lights that allow enough illumination for what you’re going to be doing.
Whereas the dining room might need a little less brightness and a little more warmth to create the kind of ambience that you are looking for over mealtimes and socialising.
Don’t shy away from incorporating dimmers in the lighting design of your apartment, as they offer a kind of flexibility that allows a room to have multiple uses.
For example, your dining room may be used by your children to do homework, or for you to read, and this requires bright lighting. However, you can use a dimmer to turn down the stark white light and turn it into something a little more ambient when you have people over for dinner or drinks.
These are just some of our top tips on lighting for your apartment. Feel free to contact us if you need more advice and we will be more than happy to help you find the best light for your home.