Celebrity de­signer’s tips

Geraldton Guardian - - REAL ESTATE -

A gen­eral rule of thumb is to try to use as much nat­u­ral light as you can, whether that means adding win­dows or doors to a room, or mak­ing solid sur­faces more trans­par­ent.

Here are 10 more rules to fol­low to keep your space prop­erly il­lu­mi­nated.

1. De­cide what mood you wish to cre­ate and il­lu­mi­nate a room ac­cord­ingly.

2. Cre­ate mul­ti­ple light sources in larger spa­ces. A big space may re­quire a ta­ble lamp, floor lamp and a ceil­ing pen­dant.

3. Use task light­ing, es­pe­cially in ar­eas such as kitchens.

4. Con­sider plac­ing some of your light fix­tures on dim­mers.

5. Pur­chase fix­tures that re­quire mul­ti­ple bulbs.

6. Pur­chase high-wattage bulbs.

7. Don’t overdo it. Avoid a space clut­tered with too many floor or ta­ble lamps.

8. When pos­si­ble, add re­cessed light­ing. This is al­ways eas­ier when build­ing or ren­o­vat­ing, but it can go a long way in creat­ing a space that is evenly lit.

9. Opt for en­ergy-ef­fi­cient bulbs.

10. Try to il­lu­mi­nate hall­ways, path­ways and stair­wells with suf­fi­cient light for safety.

Visit cathy­hobbs.com for more in­te­rior de­sign ex­per­tise.

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