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When it comes to thinking about the flow of space and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most important elements.

Brighter lights can make you feel more awake, and are best used in areas where you need precise lighting. Dimmer, softer lights can be relaxing and can be used in bedrooms.

Considering the type of lighting you want to use in each area of your home will help you on your way to creating an appropriate atmosphere.

Here are 4 lighting design tricks to help create an atmosphere in your home.

1. Make a lighting design plan

Whether you’re starting from scratch or simply redecorating your home, creating a lighting design plan will tackle the essentials.

Go through each room and think about what activities take place there. Will you be eating, relaxing, working?

Also, consider which key features of the room you want to highlight and if there are any boundaries you need to take into consideration.

Early planning will prevent less problems later in the process.

2. Make sure your lighting is helpful

As we mentioned earlier, consider what tasks you may be doing in each room, and how the lighting can affect or help you.

Cooking requires more concentrated lighting, so a combination of bright downlights and recessed lighting is useful.

For reading purposes, directional lighting aimed away from you would be better.

Dimmers are a great option in most rooms, providing an energy efficient way to quickly change the atmosphere of a room.

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3. Choose the right bulbs

The bulbs you use in your home are an important part of creating an atmosphere in your home. Here’s what you should consider:

  • How bright does the space need to be?
  • What atmosphere are you trying to achieve? Think about the kind of colour temperature you want.
  • Do you need bulbs to be energy efficient? (For more frequently used lights)

4. Less is more

Keep colour schemes and material finished consistent throughout your home, especially when it comes to lighting.

Too many different styles together can be confusing on the eye and can create an uneasy feeling. Neutral tones will open up your space and make it seem larger.

To keep things interesting, you can always add pops of colour, through accessories such as lampshades.

Darker hues will add a touch of luxury and create a cosy mood.

Remember to keep your lighting design simple and consistent.

Work with professional lighting designers in Hampshire

At Hampshire Light, we have specialised in lighting design for the last 20 years, transforming high-end spaces with our creative and technical excellence.

If you are looking for an award-winning lighting design team to kickstart your project, contact our expert team today. We’d love to have a chat!


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