Experts share their top tips for designing with lighting
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.”
Picture: Beacon Lighting