Get to know your light types

Learn how to tell up­lighters from down­lighters and go back to ba­sics when it comes to bulbs, to best il­lu­mi­nate your home

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With the cor­rect light­ing, your room can take on dif­fer­ent looks through­out the day, night and through the sea­sons. In most spa­ces, you’ll likely need sev­eral types of light­ing, as one cen­tral source won’t do ev­ery job you re­quire. This can be easily achieved through light lay­er­ing, where you make use of dif­fer­ent types of light sources in each room, de­pend­ing on your needs.

The three lay­ers of light

A pen­dant in a liv­ing room is no longer suf­fi­cient as the only light source. Add am­bi­ence with a floor lamp that you switch on in the early evening, with a desk lamp pro­vid­ing di­rec­tional light that’s suit­able for read­ing in a comfy arm­chair. Don’t over­look wall lights – down­lighters have be­come very pop­u­lar, with an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent styles, and are per­fect for adding in­ter­est and am­bi­ence to a fo­cal wall.

As you put to­gether your plan, fea­tur­ing am­bi­ent (main), ac­cent and task light­ing, think of how to bal­ance the three el­e­ments for a co­he­sive over­all look. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant in func­tional ar­eas like kitchens, where you need var­i­ous light types for dif­fer­ent tasks and moods, but it’s equally im­por­tant to build the lay­ers in re­cep­tion rooms, bath­rooms and bed­rooms.

Line up in­di­vid­ual pen­dants above a din­ing ta­ble and fit a dim­mer switch to go from a func­tional to an am­bi­ent Look

&tra­di­tion Flower Pot Pen­dants in cop­per, £219 each; It’s About Romi Hol­ly­wood lamp, £450, all House­ol­ogy.

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