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How To Get the Perfectly Lit Room

It’s hard to get the lighting absolutely perfect in all of your rooms – not impossible – but hard. It takes a lot of planning and calculating to understand what lighting you need in your room and how it’s going to work in conjunction with other lighting fixtures.

 If you aren’t a professional when it comes to lighting, then this can all seem quite intimidating and creating a beautiful, functional space for you, your family and your friends can be a little daunting.

 

If you feel like there’s just something that isn’t quite right about your room, then we’d safely say that it could be your lighting. That’s why we put together this quick guide to help you get started on creating the perfect lighting for your rooms.

A well-lit room takes preparation and this all starts with four predominant issues that you need to consider: 

  1. What the room is used for
  2. How to light the different parts of the room
  3. What kind of light sources to use
  4. Using dimmable light fixtures

 

What are you using the room for?

Before you get started with your lighting design plan, the most important thing to consider is what the purpose of the room is. The activities that you are doing in the room are going to be a massive factor when it comes to deciding the lighting that you are going to need.

For example:

  • Avoid using very bright lights around your bed, as they will stimulate your mind and make sleep harder to come by – blue light is particularly bad for getting beauty sleep. Use something with a low colour temperature if you want something close to your bed.
  • Use bright bulbs in wardrobes and cupboards to ensure that you can find what you are looking for no matter what time of day it is.
  • Make sure that the lighting in the dining room doesn’t shine into people’s eyes.
  • Use a combination of lighting in the kitchen to light up dark spaces and accentuate work areas.

 

Light the different parts of your room

The best and simplest way to have a well-lit room is breaking the room down into zones that have their own lighting sources, kinds and controls. By doing this you will be able to better control the ambience of your room and dim or brighten different sections according to what you are using them for.

It also allows people to enjoy the different activities in a room with a light setting specific to what they are doing; you can also save money and energy by only lighting the area that you are working in.

 

Choose your light source

Your light sources are one of the most important aspects of your space and now that you have decided what the room will be used for and split the space into lighting zones, you can now go ahead and find the fixtures that will suit it best.

Don’t just stick to one style; instead combine different kinds of lighting fixtures such as floor lighting, desk lamps, natural light, wall lights and overhead light. This will help to accentuate the special parts of your room and make sure it’s practical for its function.

 

Using dimmers

We really do believe that dimmers can go a long way in creating the right ambience for your room, especially if it’s a multi-purpose space.

A dimmer gives you flexibility and control that set lighting fixtures don’t and allow you to adjust the lighting to suit your needs; for example in the bathroom you can make it bright when putting makeup on or shaving your beard, but put it right down when enjoying a relaxing bath.

These are just some of the ways that you can make your lighting perfect for every room. If you would like to get more advice from our professional designers here at Christopher Wray, then please feel free to get in contact with us. We’d love to help you achieve perfectly lit rooms in your home.

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.