How to achieve the ideal light in each room of the house

How to achieve the ideal light in each room of the house

David Brittain / Fritz Fryer lighting / Henny van Belkom

Living room

For a relaxing environment on a winter afternoon, the living areas need a good level of light. Several independent lamps scattered around the room are better, creating corners of warmth and making the space appear larger by attracting attention to the corners.

Collectively, several of them will create the right amount of ambient light, then specific lamps can be added as for reading. Ceiling lighting has the opposite effect: by emitting a harder glow, the entire focus is concentrated in the center of the room, which makes it seem much smaller. However, if you want to put them, think well where to place them and use them only when you need them.

Henny van Belkom / David Brittain / Loupe. Photos: Emma Mitchell

Hall and passage areas

Here, the lamps should be bright and cozy, and, as they are passing areas, you can illuminate them with more power than other rooms in the house. A lamp or chandelier that attracts attention is a good option. However, keep in mind that this is not always the most flattering source of light (those with an exposed focus rarely are, unless they have special low-consulate filaments). Wall lamps or sconces are a good alternative and do not take up space. Otherwise, a console with a pair of table lamps can create a cozy and classic scheme, with a softer light than a ceiling lamp. Or you can combine them to achieve more flexibility throughout the year.

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The light sources in this area should be carefully planned, as it is the most important work area of ​​the home. Many kitchens are now open-plan and often part of a larger living room, so, although this makes the kitchen space 'sociable', the lighting you install must be flexible and adapt to different needs.

Dimmable designs are ideal, allowing for more versatile lighting that can easily change the mood of a work area to a relaxing space. Recessed spotlights are a good option, and also the strips under the kitchen furniture are safe and discreet. Remember to have a sharp and focused lighting aimed at the countertops where food is prepared and also above the cooking zone - these must be placed precisely so that you do not work in the shade. You can complement it with flexible clip lighting or more decorative pendant lamps.

Dinning room

Dining areas benefit from low-level lighting, ceiling lamps create a spotlight on the table and create an ideal atmosphere. Once again, a dimmer It is a great addition, since you will need different light for a family meal, or for other activities, such as reading, homework or creative projects. For these and other tasks, a low-rise ceiling lamp can be adjusted. It can also provide enough ambient light for the rest of the room, although a few well-chosen table or floor lamps will help eliminate dark corners and create a more attractive configuration. Garlands can also create a joyful and magical feeling, while amplifying the light of space.

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Here the lamps must meet specific safety standards, so their options are much more limited than in other places. Ideally, the bulb should always be covered so that it is protected from moisture, splashes and spills. Discard put dimmer, unless you place the switch outside the room or have a special cable that can be used with specific recessed ceiling lamps.

As a general rule, place the lamps away from the water - washbasin, shower or bathtub - and look for a professional electrician to advise you. As these rooms are often small and low-rise, wall or recessed lamps are generally a good idea.

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To illuminate outdoor areas, choose designs that are sturdy and airtight, and designed specifically for outdoor use. Good lighting can transform the appearance of a garden or an outdoor living room, if it is well placed, and will make it look much larger by creating attractive views of the outside. Use sconces to illuminate the paths and terraces, illuminate a tree or plants, and direct the eyes towards the garden. A qualified electrician must install the outdoor lamps to ensure wiring with specific systems. For low cost lighting, solar designs can create enough luminosity. The chains or garlands provide a soft environment, and can be placed between trees or used to highlight plants. Similarly, lighting the path to the entrance door with LED lights embedded in the floor or on stairs will be ideal and provides security.

In a rustic garden, it minimizes lighting: an overly lit plot can be very dazzling; therefore, it forms points of interest in certain areas, roads and gates, and highlights only some key areas, such as a special tree. These lanterns in a traditional garden create an ideal setting and guide the eyes outward, accentuating the symmetry of the scheme.

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