Bright ad­vice for light­ing up a room

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Erina Starkey

WHEN a room feels slightly off but you’re not sure why, usu­ally the light­ing is to blame, says Charlie Cooper, of In­te­ri­ors By Charlie in Fresh­wa­ter.

“More than just the look of the home, the light­ing af­fects the feel of the home, which is your num­ber one pri­or­ity when putting an in­te­rior to­gether,” she says.

“Good light­ing will cre­ate a space that feels right and peo­ple will want to spend time in.”

Here are a few tips to help you strike the right bal­ance.

PEN­DANT LIGHTS

A great way to add drama to a room. Hang them over your kitchen is­land, din­ing ta­ble or read­ing nook for prac­ti­cal task light­ing with big de­sign im­pact.

“Pen­dants need room to hang if they are to look their best,” says Cooper.

“If they are too close to the ceil­ing they just look squashed and their in­tended ef­fect is lost.”

DOWNLIGHTS

“The prob­lem with downlights is that in the ’90s peo­ple went over the top and in­stalled far too many, which made rooms look stark and over lit,” says Cooper.

A strong light­ing so­lu­tion, downlights are best suited to com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ments as well as bath­rooms, kitchens and home of­fices, where at­ten­tion to de­tail is re­quired. “I would rec­om­mend us­ing them in com­bi­na­tion with an­other type of light­ing and al­ways put a dim­mer switch on them,” says Cooper.

WALL LIGHTS

Wall lights de­liver am­bi­ence with­out over­whelm­ing your in­te­ri­ors.

“They’re great for dec­o­ra­tive il­lu­mi­na­tion to ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, as well as your mir­rors and art­works,” says Cooper.

LAMPS

“Ta­ble and floor lamps are great for il­lu­mi­nat­ing and styling up dull cor­ners,” says Cooper.

As well as adding ex­tra lay­ers of light to a room, they also add height and in­ter­est to your fur­ni­ture land­scape. Choose a light-toned shade for more dif­fused light. in­te­ri­ors­by­char­lie.com.au

Haus $34.95, Edi­son $89.95 and Hans $59.95 lights from Bea­con Light­ing.

Stock­holm Pen­dant Light $164.95 from zanui.com.au; Amalfi Palazzo Mar­ble Ta­ble Lamp $299.85 from amal­fi­home­wares.com.au; Wicker Bell light $170 from cran­more­home.com.au.

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