Interior Designer Stanford ~ Lighting Styles

Interior Designer Stanford ~ Lighting Styles

The importance of lighting in interior design can not be overstated ~ there are such fabulous lighting options on offer including these:

Uplighters throw light onto the ceiling, which then bounces off, creating a soft look. They work best in rooms with light-coloured ceilings, particularly in studies as the fact that the light is directed upwards prevents glare.

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Wall lights diffuse light gently into the room and are perfect for adding general lighting although as they are fixed to the wall it is worth looking into the type of beam and light pattern the fitting will throw onto the wall.

Floor lamps are great for brightening a dark corner or adding height to a low ceilinged room.  They are portable and can be moved from area to area and provide atmospheric and practical ambient lighting.

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Table lamps are small and extremely versatile and create different levels of light.  In the bedroom a bedside table lamp provides a low glare light without the need to switch on a bright overhead light or even get out of bed to turn the light off while in sitting rooms they produce a soft warm glow that is pleasing to the eye.

Down lighters are recessed into the ceiling and make pools of light onto the surface below and create a soft overall glow that adds ambience. They can be fixed or directional and generally suit a more modern house where they are particularly useful in the kitchen and bathroom areas.

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Central ceiling lights such as chandeliers and pendants come in a wide variety of forms from designer to modern, contemporary and traditional and are perfect in the centre of a large room or over the dining room table where they create a strong focal point.  Depending on the length of the table a series of pendant lights can be used.

Strip lights are great on the undersides of wall-mounted kitchen cabinets where they light up the work surface below as kitchens are one area of the house that require direct and focused bright lighting.  In bathrooms illuminated mirrors are worth their weight in gold, particularly in the darker winter months when there is little natural light in the early mornings and evenings.

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Finally, don’t forget the humble candle ~ from tea lights in glass holders to large pillar candles, candle light is subtle and atmospheric.  Assorted candles can be arranged artistically in groups on tables and in empty fireplaces for an instantly relaxing mood and feel.

Contact Overberg Interiors for all your lighting and home design requirements

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