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4 Expert Lighting Tips for Apartments

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.

 

  1.        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.

 

  1.        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.

 

  1.        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.

 

  1.        Dimmers

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.

The Many Benefits of Choosing a Professional Interior Designer vs. Doing a DIY Renovation

Remodelling or starting to decorate your home from scratch is never the easiest thing. It takes time, money and the vision to create something that you will love for many years ahead. With all this in mind, it’s little wonder that many people hire interior designers to decorate their dream home.

In this article we outline just some of the benefits of hiring a professional interior designer vs. doing it all by yourself.

 

Time is money

There are no two ways about it: time is money and redecorating or building your home is going to take time regardless of whether you go alone or use a professional interior decorator. The big question is: How much time do you have to spare?

When doing a DIY project, you’ll have to take a very hands-on approach and it’s likely that you and your partner/family will be doing all the hard work yourself. This can be incredibly time-consuming if you have a full-time job and have to rely on after hours or weekends to get the decorating done.

When you hire a professional interior designer, he/she will usually come with a whole team of hands. The added bonus is that interior decorating is their full-time job and this means while you have to leave for your daily employment, you know that they are at your home doing the work for you.

 

Cost

The factor that puts most people off hiring professional interior decorators is the cost factor and the truth of the matter is, that if you are looking purely at per hour pay then sure, professionals are going to cost you a whole lot more than taking a DIY approach.

However, what many people tend to forget are the connections that professionals bring with them when it comes to building or sourcing items. Most professionals have preferred suppliers that they work with and this often comes with special prices.

Instead of shopping around and spending hours finding the perfect lighting fixture and getting charged full price, interior decorators can save you time and money through their well-used suppliers.

 

Your vision

Your home is your special place and whether you are decorating a modern marvel or a quaint cottage, you are undoubtedly going to have visions of what you want your space to look like.

The right interior designer will listen to your vision and put a professional take on it. He/she will be able to recognise all of the issues that someone who’s not experienced in design would overlook.

From incorporating the perfect colour palate and blend of different styles to making sure your space is both stylish and practical, you can be sure that your vision will be brought to life in the best way possible.

 

Less stress

Not sure what kind of furniture would match your chosen wallpaper? Confused about which style of bath would look great with your new luxury vinyl tiles and bathroom lighting fixtures? It can be stressful knowing which elements of your design will complement one another.

Working with a professional interior designer will make the process of decorating your space much less stressful so you can enjoy seeing your dream space come together before your eyes.

How to Light Artwork in your Home

There’s nothing quite like getting your new favourite piece of artwork mounted on your wall. However, many homeowners struggle to find the right fixture to light their new art in a way that accentuates the piece without detracting from the décor of the rest of the room.

Ensuring that you get the right picture lighting for your home’s artwork comes down to fine planning on how you are going to get it looking as good on your wall as it did in the gallery.

 

The following guide is to help you get the basics right when it comes to ensuring the artwork on your wall is seen in the best light.

 

LED lighting

Most of the world’s most famous art galleries and other institutions are making the move over to LED lighting, which isn’t just incredibly effective and advanced, but also uses less energy and emits less heat than a normal bulb.

The wonderful thing about LED lighting is that it’s so modern and advanced that its features allow you to do almost exactly as you wish to the artwork and also adjust it for different situations. For example, you could set the light to adjust for the number of people that are in a room or to match the exact quality of natural light that should be coming in at a specific time of day.

LED lighting is innovative and exciting and if are serious about displaying your artwork in the best light, then LED is certainly the way to go.

 

Picture lights

If you really want your visitors to gravitate towards a piece of artwork in your home, then you should definitely consider investing in some high quality picture lights. The lights are mounted on the wall incredibly close to a painting and it tends to magnify the intimacy and magnificence of the artwork.

The great thing is that picture lights are also decorative fixtures, which means that while they illuminate and magnify the focus on your artwork, they themselves add to the general décor and ambience of your home.

Picture lights are also incredibly practical for people who are renting homes or apartments and are not allowed to put fittings onto the walls.

 

Keep the surface and type of light in mind

Firstly, remember that if you have framed your artwork and its located behind class, then it is going to react to light and flare in some spots. This means you will have to adjust your lights in such a way that it doesn’t create problems in the glass; another big pitfall to avoid with artwork behind glass is using natural light as your source.

Glass has an even bigger propensity to reflect and bounce light off from natural window light than artificial light.

It’s also imperative to remember that some lights can harm your artwork and you should position your lights with this in mind. If you leave a halogen light in one spot on your artwork, it is essentially going to burn it away over time and make it more faded than the rest of the artwork.

Remember to always adjust the angles of your lights and ensure that they are at a distance that is far enough away to prevent damage.

Whether you’re looking to light up a friend’s piece that you bought at their recent exhibition or you have spent hundreds of thousands on a particularly popular artwork at the gallery – all artwork deserves to be appreciated.

Contact us if you have any more questions on the best way to light artwork in your home.