Ex­perts share their top tips for de­sign­ing with light­ing

Pilbara News - - Property - Cy Clay­ton

Light­ing is one of the most pow­er­ful tools for creat­ing im­pact and am­bi­ence in a home, not only in­cor­po­rat­ing a beau­ti­ful piece with the light it­self, but also creat­ing at­mos­phere and am­bi­ence when the light is ac­tu­ally in use.

“Light­ing is the pri­mary el­e­ment for set­ting the mood and tone for a space,” Sam Faz­zari, manag­ing di­rec­tor and de­signer at Mo­bilia in Clare­mont, said.

“It can be used to cre­ate a gen­tle am­bi­ence, high­light colour or act as a fo­cal or defin­ing point of a room.”

Here, three ex­perts share their top tips for de­sign­ing with light­ing.

Rochelle King, lead home stylist at West Elm in Perth, said it was im­por­tant to con­sider how you used the space and what types of light you needed for it.

“Por­ta­ble light­ing such as floor and table lamps are per­fect for creat­ing a warm and wel­com­ing room,” she said.

“Task light­ing can also be used to ‘zone’ open-plan spa­ces and can be moved around at a whim when more light is needed.”

Sandy Har­vey, owner of Ve­randa Coastal Liv­ing in Ned­lands, rec­om­mended: “Use a range of dif­fer­ent light­ing so­lu­tions, com­ple­ment­ing the light from out­side — a mix­ture of beau­ti­ful pen­dants hang­ing over is­land benches and ta­bles, gor­geous lamps that soften the mood of a room, wall sconces and in­set LED roof lights.”

For­mer light­ing de­signer Hay­ley Beaden, now mar­ket­ing man­ager at de­signFARM in Perth, said place­ment was im­por­tant.

“Shadow is as im­por­tant as light,” she said. “Po­si­tion light where light is needed; of­ten spa­ces are flooded with light and it can be­come very oned­i­men­sional and over­stim­u­lat­ing.

“You would be sur­prised how lit­tle amount of light is re­quired as we ad­just to our sur­round­ings.

“The shad­ows or neg­a­tive spa­ces al­low us to re­store and re­lax while the brighter ar­eas are more stim­u­lat­ing and task-ori­ented.”

Light­ing can be a pow­er­ful de­sign tool in your home.

Pic­ture: Bea­con Light­ing

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.