Although lighting is often treated as an afterthought when decorating a room, it really should be one of the first things to consider. Bad lighting can not only ruin a perfectly good space, but can cause headaches and sore eyes.
First of all before you invest in any lighting, see where your natural light comes in. If you can replace any heavy curtains with drapes or blinds, and remove anything large from the window sill to let the sunlight flow in naturally. You also need to layer the lighting around the room so you have different sources for your different needs – one light in the center of the room isn’t going to set the right atmosphere on an evening when all you want to do is relax, so think floor lamps, spot lighting, wall lights etc.
Good lighting can appear to change the whole dimensions of a room. For example, if you want your room to look larger, then light all four corners of the room and use up-lighters to send the light up to the ceiling. It’s also good to remember than carpet retains the light, where as wooden floors reflect back up to the walls and ceiling. However, if you want your space to appear taller, then hang pendant lights low and use vertical light beams.
I’ve spotted so many neon wall lights on Pinterest recently and I have to say, I think they look wicked. Although more of a decor feature than an actual useful source of light, I just think they can add so much personality to a room. I just need to source this banana light now and I’ll be a happy girl.
Hanging lights, wrapped around a mental suspension bar, add such an industrial vibe to a space – perfect for the kitchen to add an alternative to strip lighting. I just love an exposed Edison light bulb, with brass hardware and this black design agains the white subway tiles looks the epitome of New York loft chic.
Metal marquee letters don’t have to be used just for weddings anymore. This amazing DIY by the girls over at A Beautiful Mess shows you how to create this wall light for yourself. This creation might take a bit of time and require some handy work, but boy the results are worth it.
Next up I wanted to show you this standard Victorian house which received the most amazing industrial inspired remodel, with wooden stairs illuminated with low wall lighting. This is such a simple but effective way to highlight an area which wouldn’t normally get any natural light shining through. Plus I love the uniqueness of the square wall lights as opposed to spotlights – note this change was created at remodelling stage so something to consider if your redesigning your home.
Finally, this amazing light by Dowsing & Reynolds is styled by the gorgeous Kate La Vie. I love the simplicity of this desk lamp, but I also like how it’s taking up zero room on the actual desk. It adds a super stylish element to the office set up and can be moved around when clipped to something like this wire mesh notice board.
Do any of these lighting ideas catch your eye? Which one is your favourite?