Lighting is a huge part of decorating and if you know how to do it the right way you can make your home feel glamorous, luxurious, and twice the size!
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your home and can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of all of your rooms. Letting in lots of natural light will help maximize the space you have but it won’t be enough on its own.
After dark, it’s time to turn to smart lighting effects to help illuminate your rooms. With the right amount of thought, your lighting can provide the finishing touch – highlighting the key features that you want the eye to be drawn to and providing an extra level of elegance and decoration.
Suzy Q: Chandelier
Nothing makes a statement quite like a chandelier. This is the epitome of luxury when it comes to lighting. Since it serves a decorative purpose, you’ll need to position yours above a dining table or at the heart of a sitting room so that it has maximum impact. There are a great many different varieties of chandelier, depending on your tastes. Here are six good ideas to consider.
Suzy Q: Lamps
Lamps are a great way to illuminate little corners of your room. A classy floor lamp next to your favorite armchair or on your bedside table will be perfect when you want to take a step back from your busy life and throw yourself into a good book. Pick the right item and, like the chandelier, it can be an attractive feature in its own right too.
Suzy Q: Dimmer
Don’t underestimate the power of the humble dimmer switch. This is great if you want to vary the mood of your living room, maybe with minimal lighting for a spooky film, for example. Adding these to your living room or bedroom can allow you to vary the statement depending on the occasion.
Suzy Q: Put the spotlight on your features
One way of making a statement is to throw some light on key features in your rooms. Whether that’s a luxury bath suite from Victoria Plum or a comfy new bed from the Divan Beds Centre, using bright spotlights can make sure the eye is drawn to your showpiece items.
Suzy Q: Shades
You can make a big difference to the lighting effect in any room with the right lampshade. This can turn a humble light bulb into a colorful, pretty display or cast shadowy shapes onto your walls. You really don’t need to spend a lot to make a statement with a shade and, in fact, you could create one for yourself as a DIY or upcycling project. You could also use wall lights to cast an atmospheric shadow and create a cozy look in your front room.
Suzy Q: Candles
One last thing to consider: the timeless candle. Yes, it won’t provide much light but it might set the mood perfectly for a relaxing bath or a romantic evening curled up with your partner on the settee watching a film. Very minimal light such as this can make as much of a statement as a brighter light in the right circumstance. Make it a scented candle to add to make sure you’re creating the right mood.