How to choose the right lighting: Ideas for around your home

Here we explain everything you need to know from the best lighting for living room spaces to top kitchen lighting tips.

Updated 7 June 2019

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Are you looking for lighting ideas for your home? The right lighting makes a huge difference to the general mood of a room. But while low lamps and warm lighting work beautifully in a living room, you might want something brighter and fresher for the bathroom. Here we’ve got some top home lighting ideas tailored to each room of the house.

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Hallway lighting ideas

People often forget to think about lighting for your hallway, but this can really set the tone for the rest of your house. Here are a few different ideas:

  1. Balance artificial with natural light. The more light that comes from the doors and windows, the fewer fixtures and fittings you’ll need.
  2. Consider a statement light to make a big impact on entrance. Think interesting colours and even patterned lighting.
  3. Try fitting a light in your hall which switches off automatically. That way you can put it on while getting ready to leave and know that it won’t stay on the whole time you’re out.

Lounge lighting ideas

Unlike in a study or kitchen where you might need light to do particular tasks, lounge lighting can be softer and more atmospheric. Follow these tips for the best lighting for living room spaces:

  1. Place lamps or wall-mounted lights on or near sofa-side tables.
  2. Ensure the switch for the main light is close to where you usually sit so you can easily turn it off if you want to opt for a cinema atmosphere.
  3. Back lighting a TV can give a really professional finish to a living room.

Tips for bedroom lighting

You won’t need any lighting at all in your bedroom a lot of the time, but for those times when you do, it becomes all the more important. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to bedroom lighting:

  1. Consider a dimmer switch in your bedroom so you can gently reduce the amount of light needed, from bright lighting when you’re rummaging through your wardrobe while getting ready to mood lighting while you’re getting ready for bed.
  2. If you struggle to get up in the morning, lamps which gradually increase the amount of light they emit are great. These replicate the rising sun, making it feel much easier for you to wake, even on dark mornings.

Kitchen lighting tips

Kitchens tend to be the heart of the home where you do a lot of chores and spend time with your family. That means good lighting here is really important. When it comes to kitchen consider the following things:

  1. Use spot lighting to ensure you’ll be able see when doing important tasks like chopping vegetables or reading the post.
  2. Maximise natural light by keeping blinds open as much as possible.
  3. Avoid strip lighting in kitchens – this used to be very popular, but it can make the room feel really stark.

Those are our main points to consider when it comes to designing the lighting in your home. Remember, lamps, fairy-lights and wall-mounted lighting features can make a huge difference to atmosphere, so play around with some of these ideas and find the right look for you.

Key steps

To ensure you have the right type of lighting in the right room, follow these key steps:

  1. Consider the function of the room when planning the lighting.
  2. Prioritise spot lighting for those places where you really need to see what you’re doing.
  3. Go for softer options for spaces where you’re more likely to be resting and relaxing.
Originally published 7 June 2019