Blog posts tagged with 'lights'

Creating just the Right Mood Through Lighting

Lighting can set the entire mood of a room as well as activities spent in it. Having the right setup for your lighting can transform a space, whether by altering colours or by using strategic shadows to change perceptions of space and size. 

There are even studies that indicate that different colours can directly influence moods, and different lighting can have different physiological effects on the human body.



Kitchen lighting should be bright and warm, eliminating shadows to help create both the appearance of cleanliness and help keep work areas well-lit. Multiple lighting sources are always good, whether from both wall and ceiling lights or smaller lights for individual areas.

Warm tones help the area feel more homely and safe. If you do need to go with cooler tones, match it to a modern kitchen with white and chrome details to create an ultra-modern technological look.



Bathroom lighting varies and can be adjusted to match your current theming. Cool tones are ideal due to the frequent use of blues and whites in bathroom colour schemes, but warm tones can suit an earth-tone bathroom. Mirror lights are a good choice, and infrared lights can add literal warmth to the room.


Living Room

Living rooms come in many styles so it's a good idea to match your lighting to your interior design style. Smaller node lights create a feeling of a curated space for minimalist rooms, particularly if used to highlight individual items of art, decoration or furniture.

Strategic shadows from point source lights create an intimate, veiled feeling. When entertaining, brighter lights create a lively feel, whereas dimmer, warmer tones can create a calmer and more sedate environment.

Having multiple light switches or dimmers can also help you adjust between different styles of lighting, which is useful for a commonly used room like the living room.



As offices are generally private workspaces, bright cool lights provide both clean and easy viewing and help to keep you alert and focussed. Studies have shown the bright cool lights, particularly fluorescent lights with cool blue undertones, can actually prevent the brain from getting tired for a time.

Be aware though that while this may be useful when you need to stay awake, it can also keep you awake when you don’t want it to and potentially disrupt your sleep. For this reason, a desk or floor lamp with warmer tones is a useful backup and can add to an existing theme.



Warm tones are important in a bedroom, as are slightly dimmer lights. These both combine to promote restfulness, as well as creating a warm and intimate feeling. Having a bedside lamp in addition to other lighting is a good idea, not just for convenience's sake, but to help create a more shadowed and cosy feel.

If you need bright light for a closet, try a track light system, which can be mounted near or inside a closet and will provide bright and clear illumination as needed.


Entertainment Area

An entertainment area may be either an internal room in the home or an external deck or patio. In both cases, bright and warm lights are generally the way to go, as they provide clear illumination for activities and create a friendly atmosphere.

For an external area, LED lighting comes in hundreds of styles, some quite striking and original. They provide small, bright, and efficient light sources. If trying to illuminate a large outdoor area, try and use several smaller lights. This will provide a more complete feel compared to a single bright spotlight, which may make guests feel highlighted and may create both uncomfortable bright spots and darkly shaded areas.

Lighting is essential in creating the right feel for any room in your house—and even outside it. Matching a room’s use and theme to lighting is important. Take advantage of multiple lighting systems and technical innovations this summer to ensure you come away with the perfect lighting for your home.

Style Inspiration from some of the Best Modern Luxury Penthouses in the World

Penthouses worldwide are setting the gold standard when it comes to luxurious interior design.

Expert interior designers work from virtually no budget and limitless options. So, when absolutely anything is possible, what are these city high rollers choosing for their homes?

From New York to London, one thing is certain: penthouse owners want to make a statement. Below, we’ll give you a tour of some important modern interior design trends from these imaginative and inspiring spaces.


  1.        Nature. – Natural elements are taking centre stage as more urban dwellers crave fresh air and soft earth. Hand in hand with trends like wellness and eco-friendly living, green is finding its way into every corner of penthouse homes. On the walls, we’re seeing botanical wallpaper, exposed wood in light and dark shades and forest-inspired artwork.

    Green is featured in upholstery, with velvet couches in shades of emerald, pine, moss and sage.  Seeking to be more connected with nature, penthouse owners are also installing rooftop vegetable and herb gardens, cascade showers, biometric lights and rainfall recycling systems. 
  2.        Ornate Fixtures. Every penthouse needs a little sparkle, and where better to get that subtle shimmer than from real precious metals? Grand light fixtures shine in impressive metallics like silver, gold and platinum.

    Modern and mid-century chandeliers are no longer for ballrooms and entryways. Nowadays, penthouse owners are also hanging extravagant lights in the master bedroom and over the kitchen breakfast bar.
  3.        Minimalism. Penthouses are naturally spacious, but even more so when the interior design is simply done. Clean lines and low-key, high-functioning furniture and fixtures offer a respite from the clutter of urban living.

    Neutral tones are key to minimalism, along with muted, warm shades and subtle stripes. An emphasis on clean lines and modern comforts complete this relaxing mood. 
  4.        Handmade and Custom. Penthouse owners want to set themselves apart and make an impression with handmade and custom pieces. From custom-designed furniture to hand-painted ceramics, people are choosing items that express their individuality and refined taste.

  5.        Rich Palettes. The sweeping interiors of penthouse homes offer surprises around every corner. Vibrant colours on walls and upholstery make a space look plush and impressive. Classic jewels tones like emerald green, azure and amethyst are being selected, as well as ‘new neutrals’ like gold, navy, heart wood, burnt orange, blush pink, iced coffee, peach and paprika.

    In grey scales, you’ll see stark whites and onyx. Mixing these colours in offbeat combinations is balanced by rich exposed wood, granite and marble. 
  1.        Textured Walls. The rules no longer apply when it comes to penthouse walls. From detailed plaster, textured mirrors and custom vinyl wallpaper, to walls incorporating silk and linen. Mixing and matching finishes thoughtfully makes a space dynamic.

    Even the ‘fifth wall’-- the ceiling -- is fair game when it comes to interior design for penthouses. Penthouse ceilings today are featuring tile patterns and hand-painted murals.
  2.        Spectacular Views. Nothing says luxury like the breath-taking views from a penthouse skyscraper. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls combine with high ceilings for a striking effect, offering amazing and serene views of the cityscape and coastline. Interior designers design against this backdrop of the city, utilising the abundance of natural light.
  3.        Traditional and Classic. Many sleek modern penthouses are choosing a simpler, classic look. With rich wood floors and high-quality brown leather furniture, these penthouses are comfortable and luxurious without being overbearing.

    Look for mixed era antiques and traditional florals like Chintz.