Bright advice for lighting up a room
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.
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.”
“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 deliver ambience without overwhelming your interiors.
“They’re great for decorative illumination to architectural details, as well as your mirrors and artworks,” says Cooper.
“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.