When it comes to creating a lighting design scheme for a stunning period property, it can sometimes pose a challenge.
The perfect lighting fixture for your historic house is out there, if you know how to find it.
Whether you’re in possession of a sprawling country cottage, a Victorian terrace house, or a spacious barn conversion, discover 4 lighting design ideas for your period property.
1. How to light period properties with limited natural light
Many older properties tend to have low ceilings, smaller windows and narrow corridors, which can make a property feel small and claustrophobic.
But with the right lighting fixture, you can expel any dark areas and make the space feel brighter and more open instead.
Wall lights or sconces are a great alternative to overly-large pendant lights, and work well in rooms with low ceilings or limited natural light.
Additionally, a set of uplighting wall lights will project the light up and along the wall, making the space feel wider and divert focus away from the low ceiling.
2. How to light period properties with high ceilings
Of course, not all period properties are dark and narrow. For example, take the beautifully high ceilings of a Georgian townhouse, or a barn conversion with an open-plan layout.
If you have a property with high ceilings, pendant lights are a perfect way of providing a focal point and making a design statement at the same time.
Pendant lights are available in a huge range of styles, colours and materials, including glass, brass, copper and even concrete. So you’ll definitely find a style to suit your space!
In large spaces where there is enough room to create different lighting ‘zones’, pendant lights can be used to provide plenty of practical lighting.
For example, a kitchen in a large property will require lots of practical lighting for cooking and prepping food. Pendants lights will offer good quality ambient light, plus they’ll also look great suspended over a kitchen island!