Lighting is more than just a practical concern. It’s even more than the design implications of whatever fixtures you’ve chosen. Lighting is emotional. It can set the scene for comfort in line with whatever emotions are attached to the activities that happen in your space. So, how do you get that balance right?
Interior designer from the UK Estelle Page is here to talk about how you can make your lighting inviting …
There’s nothing more relaxing and comforting than a cosy night in. You’ve eaten your dinner, the curtains are drawn, there’s a good film on television later and the emergency chocolates are standing by. Of course, it’s important to set the right mood and ambiance for the ensuing hours.
Overhead lights are usually too intense and full-on and don’t create the right atmosphere for you to unwind or feel comfortable in. Sometimes it’s necessary to go for something a bit more subtle, a bit more evocative. And if you’ve got a special someone coming over, having the right lighting can be the perfect mood-setter.
Whether it’s a romantic night in, having a few friends or family around, or just vegging out in front the TV, the right lighting is an essential component to an enjoyable evening. No matter what you’re doing, who you’re with or what mood you’re in, here’s how to had the necessary glow to proceedings.
If it’s just the two of you, what could be more romantic than filling the room with lots of candles and tea-lights, and switching the lights off altogether? It’s evocative, seductive and adds a certain mystique – plus it will make any setting look fantastic, even if you haven’t tidied!
Chandeliers would also be a grand and opulent lighting gesture but might be considered a little OTT for some. So why not keep it simple and sensual? Just don’t put them too close to the curtains…
Living Room Lighting
Living rooms are, by their very nature, multi-functional and cross-purpose, so whether you’re using the space to watch TV, play with the children or entertain guests, it’s essential the room is adequately lit.
The choice of suitable lighting is as varied as the activities you can have. Ceiling lights, wall lights, floor lamps and table lamps can be used individually or combined to give you the glow you need.
Family Night Lighting
There is a light for all occasions and if you’re having the family round for a few hours, ceiling lights, table lamps and free standing up-lights more than do the job to create a warm and cosy atmosphere for your nearest and dearest.
The general consensus is that it’s not good to watch television in the dark; you’re effectively just watching a screen of luminous light and that will cause your eyes considerable strain, leading to headaches.
Therefore choosing the best lighting is important even for a night of random flicking through the channels or indulging in an evening of your favourite soap operas. Wall lights are a good source of additional lighting, whether focused up, down or in both directions, and provide a comfortable, all-round glow.
What lighting would you recommend to set the mood and keep you well lit during the winter months?
Estelle Page is a UK-based interior designer who believes the right lighting can set off a great design to perfection – just as the wrong lighting can ruin it!