Statement Lighting In addition to playing a functional role in the home, a good lighting scheme should enhance the aesthetics. In some instances, lighting can be used to make a bold statement — a striking pendant hanging delicately above a staircase being one example.
New Looks for Bedtime Reading Ordinarily, a couple of lamps placed on bedside cabinets are the default option when it comes to bedrooms. Planning your lighting scheme from the outset of a self build or renovation project provides the ideal opportunity to do something a little different. Framing your bed with LED lighting and hanging stylish pendants either side of the bed are both interesting ideas (it goes to show that planning where your furniture is likely to be placed before starting first fix is important).
Backlit Splashbacks The eye-catching splashback is a real talking point in this Second Nature in-frame slab and Shaker kitchen; the Meditteraneo quartz splashback is backlit with LEDs to stunning yet subtle effect.
Shedding Light on High Ceilings Spaces with high and/or vaulted ceilings can be difficult to light. Often pendant lights fail to direct light upwards towards the ceiling. Uplights are a good solution, as this example in a converted mill goes to show — warm LED strip lighting casts a soft glow and makes a feature of the space above.
Clever Accent Lighting A clever lighting scheme brings real warmth to the interiors of this new home — in particular, the eye is drawn along the length of this open plan space and towards the colourful artwork, illuminated by accent lighting. Accent lighting also brings attention to the built-in shelving.
Layering Light A good lighting scheme will include layers of light: task, accent (used to highlight features) and ambient (general) lighting.
Integrated Lighting Integrated lighting has been big news in the kitchen for some time, but the latest generation of bathroom cabinets have also followed suit.
Illuminated Treads Staircases and the surrounding circulation space can be difficult to light. Spotlights, positioned above each tread, can be a good option, particularly for nocturnal visits to the kitchen. Another option is to illuminate the treads themselves — it’s one way to make a statement of your new staircase.
A Solution for Day and Night Large roof lanterns or rooflights are a great addition above dining tables — bringing natural light flooding in (great for working from home or weekend lunches); the arrangement also brings a pleasing symmetry.
Recessed Light Wall lights can be fussy additions to minimalist schemes. An alternative for more contemporary interiors is recessed LED strips. In this living space, warm LED lighting is recessed within insets (specifically designed for this purpose), bringing swashes of soft light to this space.