Before buying lighting, think about what you use the room
for. Does it double up as a study? Do you knit or sew, or use part of the room as a studio? Note it all down to help you determine your accent and task requirements.
A scheme with layers of different types of lighting is the most versatile option.
For instance, team an overhead pendant with floor, wall and table lamps to create different moods to suit a variety of activities such as reading, watching TV, relaxing and working.
A striking pendant fitting is an easy way to make a statement. Consider the ceiling height and make sure you choose a design that’s not too large for a low-ceiling room and not too small for a room with a high ceiling. Flush fittings are ideal for lower ceilings.
Include good task lights, so look for table and desk lamps, as well as floor options with angled heads that can be directed exactly where needed.
Save on bills by choosing energy-efficient bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps are good for general lighting while LEDs are ideal for spotlights and dimmers. The latter are more expensive but will last longer.