A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO LIGHTING
We don’t know about you but when we get home from a day at work, the first thing we want to do is get cosy in our home. Creating a warm atmosphere in your abode is vital, especially during darker months. You want your home to feel like it’s welcoming you back with a big hug, and preferably, a glass of wine. Lighting is often something that’s overlooked when it comes to interior design. While you might think a simple ceiling light is doing the job, the likelihood is, it probably isn’t.
When it comes to lighting, there are three different types: ambient, accent and task lighting. You should think about how you layer these to create the most intimate space. Find out what they mean in our beginner’s guide to lighting below...
Think of ambient lighting as the base of your room. This is the main light that you will flick on as you enter a room and will normally come from recess lights, a pendant light or even wall-mounted lighting. Ambient lighting should be warm and glowy and most importantly, adjustable. Think about how you can incorporate a dimmer switch for different lighting and different times of the day.
Accent lighting, otherwise known as directional lighting, allows you to put a spotlight on areas that you want to highlight such as artwork, fireplaces or ornate detailing. Accent lighting options include wall sconces, chandeliers, table and floor lamps and small recess lights. Typically, accent lights should be around three times stronger than ambient lights. Yes, that means stronger light bulbs, folks.
Task lighting does exactly what it says on the tin, and should be used for performing tasks. Desk lamps will allow you to see your keyboard, floor lamps and bedside lamps for reading, pendant lights for hanging above a kitchen island and vanity lights in the bathroom for getting ready. It’s important to think about each task you will be performing in a room so that you can buy the right lighting for the interior design scheme.
Did we say three types of lighting? Of course, as you well know, we’re fans of the eclectic here at W.A.Green and we think there’s another layer of lighting that you should be thinking about; basic doesn’t cut it here. Let’s talk about decorative lighting.
Decorative lighting adds that final layer of personality to your home and can be more for aesthetic purposes, rather than an actual light source. Decorative lighting draws attention and distinction to a room - that final level of illumination that can take a room from “meh” to marvellous. To get it just right for you, think about adding colour, shapes, and most importantly, your own core style. Want some inspiration? Shop some of our favourite statement decorative lighting below.
Seletti’s cute resin critters provide a statement sculptural piece while also lighting up some of the darker corners of your home. This particular guy is a table lamp but there are three designs in this collection which can also hang around your house. Purchase them as a trio for your next rendition of ‘Three Blind Mice’ or sit them in different rooms for a sweet talking point at your next dinner party.
Floor lamps can provide a great source of light while also creating huge impact within a room. The seedy seventies have been back for a while now and this huge balloon light from German design brand Pulpo are well and truly hitting the mark. Designed by Sebastian Herkner, this hand blown, tinted glass barrel of smoke grey glass balances on a simple black metal frame, and will add sophistication and beauty to any room.
Let’s get novelty. We’re obsessed with anything B-A-N-A-N-A-S and this golden resin and white glass wall lamp from Seletti was genuinely one of the most exciting things we saw in 2018. Designed by Studio Job and practically counted as one of your five a day, this decorative light is an immediate conversation starter. You can even nab the table light version if you want to use it as part of your console styling. Careful though, we’ve got a feeling that this slippery fella might sell out soon.
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