SHED LIGHT ON STYLE CHOICES

GOOD ILLUMINATION MAKES YOU LOOK GREAT AS MUCH AS IT MAKES YOUR HOME MORE BEAU­TI­FUL

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - WORDS: LIFE­STYLE’S SHAYNNA BLAZE For more ad­vice go to life­style.com.au

You may think light­ing is an ac­ces­sory – the odd ta­ble lamp to pre­vent you fall­ing over the cof­fee ta­ble at night – but it isn’t all func­tion in the tra­di­tional sense.

Well thought-out illumination is es­sen­tial to cre­at­ing the mood and tone in the dif­fer­ent rooms in your home. Light­ing plays a role in help­ing you look and feel fab­u­lous – as any­one who’s tripped over the bags un­der their eyes in flu­oro light­ing knows.

Well thought-out in­te­ri­ors com­prise a va­ri­ety of light­ing sources – lay­ered and in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justable.

FUNC­TIONAL LIGHT­ING

This is the fixed over­head light­ing that pro­vides gen­eral illumination for a room.

Gen­eral light­ing should spill soft, flat­ter­ing light across your space, pro­vid­ing func­tional vis­i­bil­ity and cre­at­ing a nat­u­ral am­bi­ence with­out a harsh glare. Pen­dants, down­lights, re­cessed, track light­ing, chan­de­liers and wall sconces can all pro­vide func­tional light­ing.

TASK LIGHT­ING

This form of light­ing comes into play when you have a task to do – whether that’s read­ing the news­pa­per in your favourite arm­chair, read­ing a book in bed or pre­par­ing a meal at the kitchen bench.

Task light­ing is di­rec­tional and per­forms a spe­cific func­tion, and can in­clude lights re­cessed un­der the cup­boards in a kitchen or bath­room, lights in a bed­head or an an­gle-poise lamp on a desk.

AC­CENT LIGHT­ING

Ac­cent or fea­ture light­ing can be used to high­light a room’s fea­tures such as art­works or dec­o­ra­tive ob­jects. Ac­cent light­ing spot­lights the ar­eas of your home you want to show­case, leav­ing lesser ar­eas to re­treat into the shad­ows – think wall lights, re­cessed lights, spot­lights and ta­ble lamps.

Don’t for­get good light­ing doesn’t al­ways have to in­volve a power point. For soft fea­ture light­ing that cre­ates a re­lax­ing mood, can­dles are match­less, par­tic­u­larly if you opt for bat­tery op­er­ated flame­less can­dles. Not only are flame­less can­dles safe, many have a timer func­tion that means you can set them to flicker off af­ter you fall asleep.

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