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How to Light Low Ceilings

It’s common knowledge in the interior decorating world that a high ceiling makes your room look larger, lighter and much more spacious, even if the width dimensions are not huge.

We would all love to have high ceilings in our homes, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not always possible and sometimes our homes simply have low ceilings; this shouldn’t put your off trying to make the room look as spacious as possible.

The right lighting fixtures can go a very long way in making your low-ceilinged room look far bigger than it actually is.

If your ceiling is under 2.4 metres, then it is considered a low ceiling and this is mainly due to the fact that you have very little leeway when it comes to vertical lighting fixtures. If you have a low ceiling, you need to carefully select your lighting so that it doesn’t become a hazard for the taller visitors or members of your household.

Whether it’s just in your attic and other such rooms, or if it is your whole household – having low ceilings means that you do have to make some compromises but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have really great lighting designs.

If you light your low ceilings badly, it could cause accidental pools of high-contrast lighting in your room and across your ceiling which will leave huge hot spots and really dark shadows that may make it hard to see what you are doing. If your low ceiling is somewhere like a basement, then lighting is particularly important as there is bound to be a lack of natural light.

You really don’t have to worry about your low ceilings, instead embrace what you’ve been given and take the opportunity to make unique, calculated design decisions that will enhance the size of the room and make it feel spacious.

 

Use low-profile fixtures

Large, long/low-hanging fixtures are simply not going to work in a room that has a low ceiling. They are going to take up all of the vertical space and actually make the room look and feel more cramped – particularly for taller guests that keep bumping into them.

So, pendants and chandeliers are probably not going to be the first choice for a room with a low ceiling. Instead; there are a whole lot of really great, modern low-profile options for you to choose from including;

  • Flush mounts and semi-flush mounts: Flush mounts don’t have the best reputation in the lighting industry and that’s because they used to be archaic and unsightly lamps that detracted rather than added to a room’s charm.

    However, these lamps have gone through a complete revamp and now are available in all sorts of styles and designs that will bring an extra bit of energy and style to your rooms that have low ceilings. Our range of flush and semi-flush mounts are perfect for your low-ceilinged room, but remember to avoid anything that hangs.
  • Recessed lighting: If you haven’t heard of recessed lights then don’t fret too much – they are also called pot lights and for good reason. These lights are built into the ceiling, rather than on the top of it and outside of it, which means that they take up virtually none of the vertical space that is so important in a room that has a low ceiling.

There is a wonderfully large range of lights for low ceilings that you can choose from that will make your rooms seem bigger, more spacious and won’t knock your tall friends or family on the head every time that they enter the room.

If you’re worried about your low ceiling, then get in touch with us and our team of expert designers will be on hand to help you achieve the look that you want.

Top Tips For Lighting Up Your Kitchen

Like anything in life, your kitchen requires the right balance between lighting and décor to get it looking and feeling as perfect as it possibly can. The kitchen is often the hub of the home and many hours are spent meal prepping, cooking, doing grocery lists, helping kids with the homework and drinking wine with your best friend.

That’s why it’s so important that you choose the right light for your kitchen. Here is a handy guide put together by our design experts on how to get your kitchen lighting just right:

The three types of lights

As with any room in your home, you shouldn’t just stick to one type of lighting and rather use a combination of different lighting types and styles to get the best overall effect. The three best kinds of lighting for your kitchen that you should know about are ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

  1.        Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is the main source of lighting in your kitchen and could be an extra addition to natural window light, or a fill-in if you don’t have any natural light to rely on. Ambient lighting works best when it is cast evenly over the room from your ceiling and this means that you can use a combination of lighting styles like chandeliers and flush or semi-flush pendant lights and mounts.

  1.        Task lighting

As already mentioned, task lighting is the main source of light in your kitchen, however, it isn’t going to be able to reach every nook and cranny in the room and, as such, it’s doing to leave shadows and dark areas that you are going to want to adorn with lighting.

Task lighting helps you to illuminate the areas that your ambient lighting doesn’t reach; this ensures that your countertops and cabinets are sufficiently lit to safely prepare food, read recipes and do homework. Strip lighting and puck lights are two of the most common choices when it comes to task lighting in kitchens.

  1.        Accent lighting

Accent lighting is the crème de la crème of kitchen lighting; while some people may see it as an unnecessary addition, most people know that accent lighting is absolutely essential. Accent lighting includes fixtures like kick lights and cabinet lights that are used for the sole purpose of making the most beautiful and unique parts of your kitchen stand out.

 

The Most Important Areas to Light in Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is comprised of a few very important areas and you need to make sure that the following spaces are illuminated in the right way and style to accentuate their features:

  • Your island: Your kitchen island really is where all the action happens; whether that’s as an integrated cooktop space or if it’s more of a chopping and hanging out area – you’re going to want to ensure that you light it correctly.

    If you have an island that is used predominantly for cooking, cutting or reading recipes, then something like hanging lights of down lighting is going to look great. If you have a more of a counter seating space or socialising island, then look at lighting fixtures such as pendants.
  • Under-cabinet lighting: Lighting your cabinets correctly is way more important than many people believe it to be. Ambient lighting is great for an overall light throughout the kitchen but it can leave dark shadows under cabinets and under-cabinet lighting is used to rectify this and give the space the illumination it needs.

    Task lighting can be used for these spaces to ensure that you can read your recipes, see your ingredients, find your spices and much more.
  • Ceiling lighting: Lighting your ceiling well can make a huge difference when it comes to how big your kitchen looks. Uneven lighting often causes rooms to look small; use recessed lighting or other lighting options to ensure your ceiling is evenly and properly lit for the look you want to achieve in your kitchen.

If you’d like more expert advice on how to remodel your kitchen or you would simply like to find out more about our lighting fixtures, please get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

What’s Illuminating the Way in Lighting for 2019?

The clocks have gone back; days are shorter, nights are longer, and we’re grateful to have lighting to keep our homes and businesses illuminated and functional. Electrical lighting is an indispensable item for modern living, but far from being purely functional, we love to adorn our homes with beautiful pieces that not only give us the light we need but also style and a touch of glamour too.

As the old year hurries towards its conclusion, let’s take a look at lighting trends for the New Year and see what will be illuminating our lives in 2019.

 

Natural Lines and Natural Materials

One of the most popular lighting trends of 2018 was a return to simple, natural designs and this shows no sign of disappearing in 2019. Simple, clean lines with clever functionality are the keystones of this trend, with Scandinavian inspired designs leading the way. Despite their simple appearance, these lights are clever and adaptable.

Think wood, concrete and marble combined with energy efficient bulbs and controllability via apps and you’ll be getting the picture.

 

Opulent Lighting Reminiscent of Another Century

If you’re not a minimalist at heart, you’ll love the more opulent designs that take us back to another era. Retro styles are still very much in vogue, and yet, while they may look like lighting from former years, their performance is bang up to date incorporating state-of-the-art technologies and energy efficient features.

Made from glass to give a clear bright light, this style of lighting reminds us of bright, glittering jewels that are always the focal point in any room. Choose from clear or coloured glass to send glittering shards of light around your room.

 

Look to the Future

Lighting is no longer just a functional necessity; it can be an artwork in its own right. Imaginative, futuristic designs with cylindrical bases, angled lines and shapes reminiscent of UFOs work well in minimalist homes to give a focal point that’s simple but eye-catching.

Check out modern overhanging floor lamps, complete with elliptical shaped diffuser shades. They’re the perfect option as a reading lamp or as a main source of light over your dining table. Or take a look at the Backwell floor lamp with its twisted cylindrical shade – it’s sure to be a talking point!

Romance is Far from Dead

If sleek, futuristic lighting is not your style, you may prefer to fill your home with lights and lamps that are softer, more curved and made from light, natural materials that allow the light to shine through to create a warm and welcoming ambience.

These styles radiate warm, indirect light to add a cosy glow and make any room more inviting. Made from Birch wood veneer and Copper Aluminium, the Decorum with its organic closed tulip shape offers a warming radiance that’s as atmospheric as it is beautiful.

 

Metallics are Here to Stay

The popularity of metallic finishes shows no signs of diminishing and metallic lighting, whether gold, chrome or brass, is still as alluring as ever. Metallics go with every kind of furnishings and can be used in all kinds of colour schemes.

Prefer something cool and icy – go for chrome – if you need to tone the metallic down you can opt for brushed finished. If you want to warm up your colour scheme, coppers, gold and brass are the perfect choices.

 

There’s a Lighting Style for Every Home

Trends come and go, but creative lighting designs will always be a staple. Whatever kind of home you live in, whether it’s large or small, traditional or modern, well chosen lighting can make all the difference to the ambience that you want to create.

Take some time to browse our entire collection of lighting designs and get in touch with us if there’s something we can help you with.