Lay­ers of light­ing cre­ate homely glow

Un­der­stand­ing how de­sign­ers use dif­fer­ent types of light­ing will al­low you to em­pha­sise fo­cal points in your home and ef­fec­tively il­lu­mi­nate spa­ces for work, rest and play.

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LIGHT­ING your home is of­ten over­looked but it is a vi­tally im­por­tant as­pect to de­sign­ing your space.

In­tro­duc­ing lay­ers of light is the best way to cre­ate a com­plete light­ing scheme.

It might seem com­pli­cated, but remembering that there are three dif­fer­ent types of light­ing and remembering to use them all in a scheme will help.

The main layer is am­bi­ent light­ing, which is also known as gen­eral light­ing.

This gives your room a gen­eral glow and a base level of light. There should be no glare and am­bi­ent light­ing should be bright enough to al­low you to walk around your home safely and se­curely.

The best styles of light fix­ture to achieve this glow are re­cessed lights, mounted tracks and ceil­ing down lighters. These will help you achieve the right level of am­bi­ent light re­quired for your home.

Although sev­eral lay­ers of light­ing is the best way to light your home, some smaller rooms such as the laun­dry and bath­rooms will re­quire only am­bi­ent light­ing.

Ac­cent light­ing is the next layer that you need to in­tro­duce to your home.

This will cre­ate vis­ual in­ter­est and draw your eye to fo­cal points or cer­tain ob­jects such as paint­ings, art­works, door­ways or ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures within the room.

Ta­ble lamps are ex­cel­lent de­sign fea­tures and can be used to cre­ate pools of warm light over col­lec­tions or ob­jets d’art.

Ac­cent light­ing can even be used to high­light fea­tures out­side the home and in the gar­den.

This type of light­ing can be used to great ef­fect in the kitchen by light­ing the bases of kitchen is­lands and cab­i­nets to make them a fea­ture and stand out.

The best style light­ing fix­tures that will cre­ate max­i­mum im­pact are tilted re­cessed spot­lights, wall mounted lights, spot­lights and up lighters. Up lighters and spot­lights are great choices to cre­ate stun­ning ef­fects when light­ing walls, col­umns or book­cases.

Task light­ing is the fi­nal layer of light­ing that will en­sure a per­fect light­ing scheme within your home.

Task light­ing en­ables you to per­form tasks safely and with­out shadow, and should be free from glare and bright enough to avoid any eye strain.

This type of light­ing is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant when read­ing, pre­par­ing food, study­ing and ap­ply­ing make-up.

Un­der-cab­i­net light­ing is best used to il­lu­mi­nate kitchen work spa­ces to al­low food prepa­ra­tion to be done free of shad­ows.

When study­ing and read­ing, desk and floor lamps are a great op­tion as they are easily ma­noeu­vred to the best po­si­tion to cre­ate a bright read­ing area. — Juliet Love is a stylist and in­te­rior de­signer who runs her own busi­ness, Love Style

Clever use of light­ing is vi­tal to de­velop an invit­ing liv­ing space.

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