MUST-HAVE LIGHTING FOR EVERY ROOM

"The most important thing? Perfect lighting at all times." - Oscar de la Renta

A well lit room is essential.

A well lit room usually goes unnoticed - and for good reason. Occupants of a well lit room should feel comfortable and relaxed according to Lindsey Adelman, a New York based industrial designer who specialises in lighting. 

Localising your light source is the first step in creating a successful lighting scheme. The key is to light the things in the room rather than trying to light the entire room at once. This process allows you to add different layers of lighting for a more dramatic effect.

3 MUST-HAVE LEVELS OF LIGHT: AMBIENT, TASK, ACCENT

AMBIENT

This level of light refers to the overall illumination of a space. This includes chandeliers, recessed lights and surface-mounted fixtures. Pairing these types of fixtures with dimmers gives you more control in creating the right mood for the space.

TASK

This level of light should be used in spaces where you are performing certain tasks. Pendant lights and under-cabinet lights in kitchens or floor lamps in reading nooks are good examples of how task lighting can be used.

ACCENT

This level of light is used to showcase pieces in a space such as sculptures and artwork. Spotlights, track lighting and picture lights are all examples of accent lighting. Candles also fall under this level of light but caution must me take when using candles in a space. *Never leave a burning candle unattended and always ensure you keep them away from flammable materials.

COLOUR OBSESSION: EMERALD GREEN

EMERALD GREEN. 

The name says it all! If you want to create an atmosphere of pure luxury, then look no further...

Gorgeous Greens! 

Gorgeous Greens! 

Use this colour to create a statement in a formal room or sparingly through the use of accessories to add that wow factor. 

This upholstered bench acts as a bold statement piece in this informal banquette dining area. 

This upholstered bench acts as a bold statement piece in this informal banquette dining area. 

Take note if you are using greens with blue undertones in a room that receives little natural light. This can instantly make the room feel even colder but through the use of warm neutrals, you can create a balance

The neutral dining chairs add instant warmth to this otherwise cold space. The warm tones of the chandelier and mantle also help with this. 

The neutral dining chairs add instant warmth to this otherwise cold space. The warm tones of the chandelier and mantle also help with this.