Tara Bern­erd’s rules for us­ing light­ing

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Decorating -

Cre­ate a state­ment Light­ing is a great way to add at­ti­tude and im­pact to a home. For the chalet in Gs­taad, we in­tro­duced a chan­de­lier by Ital­ian brand Lolli e Mem­moli to add colour and tex­ture to a struc­tured stair­case and land­ing. Jux­ta­posed against the tra­di­tional pine pan­elling, it cre­ates a fea­ture point and re­ally draws the eye. It’s im­por­tant to bal­ance grander fix­tures with sub­tler light­ing el­e­ments to en­sure a softer, more in­ti­mate at­mos­phere. Ad­di­tions such as spot­lights, bidi­rec­tional wall lights and ta­ble lamps sup­port the chan­de­lier, cre­at­ing lay­ers that add depth to the space and in­crease the feel­ing of warmth. En­hance ex­ist­ing ar­chi­tec­ture You can use light­ing to trans­form of­ten over­looked ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, such as stair­cases, into some­thing mem­o­rable, draw­ing out small de­tails and high­light­ing the shape and struc­ture. Flush- fit light­ing be­neath each of the stair treads is a chic and al­lur­ing, not to men­tion prac­ti­cal, way to do this. This dis­creet ad­di­tion will add a glow to a space that can of­ten suf­fer from a lack of nat­u­ral light.

Zone a space Light­ing is also an ideal way to sub­tly in­di­cate the dif­fer­ent func­tions of cer­tain ar­eas, es­pe­cially within an open-plan lay­out. Care­fully con­sider us­ing up-light­ing and ta­ble lamps, while spot­lights are a great way of draw­ing the eye and high­light­ing key ob­jects or pieces of art.

Set the mood When cre­at­ing the tone of a room, light­ing is one of the main fac­tors and can be trans­for­ma­tive in terms of am­bi­ence. An un­der­stand­ing of how you wish to use the space is key – do you need to con­cen­trate and work, or re­lax with soft, dif­fused light?

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.