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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.

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.

Lighting Trends for Spring Summer 2019

Spring is just around the corner and that could mean an update on your home’s decoration and design. One of the simplest and most effective ways to give your home a wonderful update without having to do anything too drastic is simply by changing up your lighting.

 

 

Lighting can make your house ooze in character and sophistication, or it could make it a drab and character-less space. It really is as easy as swapping out those old lamps with something more contemporary to give your house a whole new fresh look.

If you’re thinking about changing up the lighting in your home, these are just some of our favourite trends for Spring Summer 2019:

 

Au Naturale

There has been a massive shift to sustainable, eco-friendly materials throughout the interior decorating industry and that also applies to lighting trends.

Natural textures and raw materials are the new in thing. Thanks to a growing awareness of the dire straits we have landed our planet in, green living has become an ever-popular trend and an opportunity for designers to create some truly beautiful lights.

You can give your home an organic, earthy feel using lighting fixtures made of materials such as wood, bamboo and even concrete.

 

Bold

The one thing that we love about the current place we find ourselves in at the moment in the interior design industry, is that sleek, minimalist trends seem to have found common ground with more contemporary looks.

There is going to be an increasing demand for signature lights or lights that really stand out in a room. These awesome designer light features are really making waves this year and are an excellent way to add something a little different to your home.

 

Chandeliers

Chandeliers and pendants had a massive resurrection in 2018 and in 2019 so we only expect them to grow in popularity. Whether you put a chandelier in the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen or in the lounge, it’s going to look right at home.

 

Chandeliers come in so many materials these days, from glass and metal to beaded, natural and crystal - there’s simply something for every taste and to suit the look you want for your home.

 

Future modern

It was always a given that even though we have embraced some of the styles of the past - a nostalgic trip back down memory lane - there was always going to be those designs looking to break the mould and cater for those looking for the ultra-modern lighting designs.

These come in shapes that are sleek, minimalistic and futuristic. Everything from floor lamps to painting lights, hanging bulbs and reading lamps has been tinkered with and these modern and mystifying representations of the new age will fit seamlessly into any modern, minimalist home.

 

Landscape lighting

No, we aren’t talking about lighting that is going to make your garden look spectacular, but rather lighting that is veering away from the traditional vertical hanging fixtures that we know and love.

Vertical lighting spans the width of the room and creates a contemporary, yet clean look to any room in your house. Use exposed bulbs for extra emphasis on the effect that they can have on the lighting in your home.

 

Structures

We seem to be pushing our creative abilities to their absolute peak at this stage of the lighting industry and some of the designs coming out are simply breath-taking. Sculptural fixtures or lamps make a statement in a room and can often be viewed more as art than as lights.

These are some of our favourite lighting trends for 2019. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you upgrade the lighting in your home, please give us a call or simply browse through the amazing ranges on our online lighting store.

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.

From Remembrance to Festive Cheer in London

Light has the ability to affect us in more ways than just visually. It also has psychological and biological effects that can have an impact on our health and wellbeing. Light can improve or disrupt our sleep. It can affect our cognition skills, and it can heighten emotions.

Light’s ability to affect our emotions has been much in evidence in recent weeks in London, where various forms of lighting have been cleverly used to not only help us remember and reflect but also to give us hope for the future and something to look forward to.

 

Light as a powerful symbol of remembrance

November 11th, 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. All over the UK and beyond, people came together to commemorate and remember the millions of people that gave their lives throughout the conflict. In London, the fallen were remembered in many different ways, but perhaps none more poignant than through the new installation at the capital’s iconic Tower of London.

Anyone who was lucky enough to brave the crowds to see ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’ will have been struck by the moving ritual where 10,000 individual candles were lit to acknowledge the lives lost during the conflict and the ultimate sacrifice made by so many; a spectacle which took four hours to evolve into a breathtaking display of flames and a powerful symbol of remembrance.

Despite the enormous crowds, anyone who attended couldn’t help but be touched by the flickering lights. By lighting these candles as symbols of eternal life, it meant that their lives wouldn’t be forgotten, and that their sacrifice would always be respected.

 

Light as a symbol of celebration and hope

During the same week, London was bathed in more twinkling lights as the city’s Christmas lights were turned on. From Oxford Street to Carnaby Street, the famous London thoroughfares became awash with festive cheer, and over the next few weeks, more and more lights will appear as darkness falls.

During holiday periods, we love to fill our homes with shimmering lights, but the tradition started centuries ago when people lit candles during ancient winter solstice celebrations as a way of remembering that spring would soon be on the way.

As Christianity took hold, candles were lit to represent the star of Bethlehem, but other religions also use light to add cheer during the winters, including the Jews who light up a menorah during Hanukkah and the Hindus who have their own Festival of Light, Diwali.

And so, when special celebrations come around, we feel the need to fill our homes with light, both inside and out.

 

Lights are not just for Christmas

In modern times, battery and solar powered lighting ensures that we can illuminate our homes during the holiday season without needing to light candles. But, of course, lights are not just for Christmas or other religious celebrations; they’re an integral part of modern living and interior design.

So why not ring the changes this Yuletide by installing lighting that will last longer than the advent period? From traditional antique brass finish star lanterns to magnificent chandeliers and pendants that glisten and glitter as the light catches the crystals, there are so many beautiful light fittings to choose from which will give your home a festive feel all year round.

Whether you prefer a modern or traditional aesthetic in your home, or your tastes are flamboyant or minimalist, you’ll find an impressive array of stunning centrepieces that will illuminate your home in style throughout the year. So why not visit your local lighting store in London, choose a new light installation and dedicate it to someone you love this Christmas?

5 Autumn Décor and Lighting Trends to Give Your Home A Cosy Glow

In Denmark, they have a special word dedicated the joys of “acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.”

Hyggae (pronounced hue-guh) is a word unique to the Danish language that is simply dedicated to the warmth of both a psychological and physical feeling of comfort, enjoyment and cosiness that is experienced at times through life.

 

 

Given that the average temperature in Denmark is 7.7 degrees Celsius, we’re going to believe that they know a thing or two about being snug in some pretty cold winters, which are normally freezing or below. Hyggae is a word that has been making waves through the interior decorating world, with homes all over the globe trying to replicate the feeling of utter contentment and bliss in cold temperatures.

Autumn is upon us and the days are becoming shorter, the nights colder and the trees are in the midst of bidding farewell to their leaves for the winter season. However, getting our homes winter-ready can always be a bit of a tough one, especially if you have no idea where to start.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to give your home a cosy glow this autumn that will make you never want to go outdoors in winter.

Here are our 5 autumn décor and lighting trends to give your home a cosy glow:

 

  1. Supersized knits

There is just something about knitted textures that oozes cosiness. It brings to mind a picture of our grandmothers sitting by a warm fire and knitting together childhood blankets that saw us through the coldest of winter nights. To make your home extra snug this winter, invest in some oversized, chunky knitted blankets, throws and pillows that will give your home an extra feeling of warmth this autumn.

 

  1. Warm metal lighting fixtures

Lighting fixtures have come a long way in the last couple of years and there’s now a plethora of unique and exciting designs and material to choose from. Lanterns, in particular, can give you the warm glow that you are looking for.

Try and go with warm metal fixtures such as brass that will give you the extra glow to your room that will make your home seem like the perfect spot to spend the cold evenings. These lights aren’t simply for seeing but can make an amazing aesthetic signature piece that brings the whole room together.

 

  1. Deep wall tones

If you’re thinking about going the whole hog in updating your home into a winter wonderland, then think about painting your walls deep tones like winter blues, forest greens or warming dark reds. These kinds of colours will make the room feel even cosier and the rich brass or other metal lighting fixtures mentioned above simply pop out with these kinds of backgrounds.

 

  1. Update your furniture colour scheme

Updating the colour scheme on your furniture doesn’t mean that you have to completely recover your couches and chairs, but that you should simply invest in some richly coloured accessories that will give your room that extra Hyggae feeling.

Think about rustic fireside reds and tartan hues in the form of pillows, blankets and throws that will make you feel like you are perched by a fireside in a cosy cabin in the middle of the woods.

 

  1. A reading nook

We don’t know about you, but autumn and winter to us mean evenings spent by the fire watching TV or reading a good book. Take your autumn décor to the next level with a richly decorated reading nook in which you can snuggle into and lose yourself into your favourite books with a steaming cup of cocoa.

These are just some of the ideas that you can use to transform your home into a cosy autumn escape. If you have anything else you think can add an extra layer of warmth to your décor please leave a comment, as we’d love to hear from you.

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.

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.

 

10 Zen home office ideas to inspire productivity and peace of mind

Working from home has become a new “norm” in today’s workplace. For those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the perks of flexible working conditions, having a suitable space is key to make this arrangement work. For some, the ideal of working from home does not always translate in reality and the space they are working from can be the determining factor in the success of this.

It is no coincidence that the most multinational organisations invest heavily into the design, layout and ergonomics of their offices. It has been shown that cleverly designed workspaces directly impact the productivity, creativity and overall happiness of employees. And we all know happy employees make for happy balance sheets. Your own home space should be created with this in mind.

There are many factors to consider when creating a home office; you want to create a Zen environment to tap into your creative potential.

The following are 10 easy steps to bring more Zen into your home working space;

2. Lighting

One of the key factors in designing any space – but especially a home office – is lighting. Studies have proved that lighting can improve mood, energy, alertness, productivity and decrease depression. 

Phillips Systems carried out research highlighting how light affects our circadian rhythms, determining your sleep cycle, moods, stimulation and relaxation. Getting the correct lighting is so much more than creating a pretty space as it can be the determining factor in whether you can work efficiently in your home office or not.

There are two aspects to consider when it comes to lighting, and they are natural and artificial. The space you have will determine how much natural light you can maximise. If you are fortunate to have a lot of natural light in your office, use it!

If you have big windows, try positioning your desk by the window or in direct sunlight. This will help keep you alert and focused. Dark, dim spaces will not only make you feel sluggish but it will make it much harder to stay motivated for any length of time.

Even with good natural light you should consider clever wall lighting to keep your office bright as the afternoon kicks in to avoid any mid-afternoon slumps in productivity. Wall features such as this Bamburgh light are fantastic for ensuring a bright space whatever the time or weather.

 

 

For those of us who aren’t blessed with great natural lighting, don’t stress as there are fantastic ways to brighten up a dark space with clever lighting.  Light features such as button ceiling lights are really clever ways to transform a dark dreary office space. The creative design of such feature not only brighten your home office but it cultivates an inspired feeling, adding a touch of Zen.

The beauty of multipurpose features like the button light (can be used internally and externally) are the ambience they create. Soft, subtle lighting will transform any office into a dreamy, bright, open space that you will enjoy spending time in.

2. Define the space

The most common pitfall of those working from home is that they fall into the trap of not having a designated space to work from. The novelty of working from home will quickly wear off if the lines between home life and work commitments are not defined. The secret to making this work is it has to feel like an office.

3. Desk Lights

Make sure to invest in a desk light if you plan on spending hours looking at a computer screen. Minimalist features such as the Yvon desk lamp will create a zen feeling to your home office. Make sure the lamp is bright but doesn’t take up a lot of space, the less cluttered your home office desk is the more productive you will feel.

4. Storage

Ensuring you have adequate storage will create a more organised environment. A cluttered space will clutter your mind. Clutter is a form of stuck energy and you do not want to have an energy block in the midst of work deadlines, clearing this will create the mental space needed to meet your deadlines and achieve your goals. You can remove this barrier to productivity by having clever storage solutions.

Have a specific desk, storage area (filing cabinets, folders, paper trays etc.). Once you have a space dedicated to work you can make it feel inspired without compromising on design. Be ruthless in clearing your desk every day, store what needs to be stored and dump the rest. By organising your documents into clever storage solutions will keep your desk and mind clear, sharp and focused on the task at hand.

5. Ambience

In order to make your office at home feel more zen like it is important to cultivate a creative ambience. Lighting as we have mentioned is key to pulling this off however there are other tricks that can transform your home office.

6. Scent

Scents can evoke a special feeling in a room so use your favourite scented candles as a way to create a relaxed feeling while stimulating your brain at the same time.

7. Plants

Plants, bring the outdoors indoors to create a zen vibe. There is nothing quite like nature and greenery to invoke an instant injection of zen and this feeling can do wonders for rebooted a stressed mind and improving your mindset and productivity. A couple of cleverly positioned green plants or your favourite flowers can add a zen like feeling to your home office, as with all features in your home office when creating a zen feeling remember less is more.

8. Water Feature

In Zen philosophy water symbolises the dual nature of the human mind and energy. We all know how calming time spent by the ocean is for the soul. By bringing a water feature into your home office it will tap into your subconscious mind throughout the day evoking a feeling of relaxation, calm and increased productivity.  Paired with one of the beautiful lighting features from Christopher Wray can create a beautiful aesthetic focus point in your home office.

9. Motivational Images

The power of nature and motivational mantras are key components in Zen philosophy and there is no reason why this can not be integrated into your home office. A quick and easy way of doing this is placing a picture or canvas of a beautiful sunset or ocean, or better still a memory that is very special to you. The power of the emotion triggered by these images or mantras can bring a sense of contentment, calm, peace which will translate by bringing a sense of mindfulness and perspective to your work.

10. Meditation Space

Creating a quiet space in your home office will allow you to make the transition from work to home life with ease. An easy way to do this is to have a corner of your room dedicated to this. Using cushions, candles, incense and soft light features from our collection will create a beautiful space for you to tap into your fullest potential both professionally and personally.

A meditation space may not be the first thing that comes to mind when designing an office but when you are spending most of your day exhausting your mental energy, creating, innovating it is important that you have the mental space to recharge. A regular meditation practice will increase productivity and serve as the secret ingredient to your success.