Illuminate A Space With Lighting

From mood to task lighting, decorative chandeliers to functional bathroom designs, at Heal’s we know that good lighting is fundamental to your home’s interior

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Transform a space at the flick of a switch with lighting

Used correctly, lighting can alter the atmosphere and mood of any space, and can have a positive impact on your general well being too. Many people choose to light their room with one central light source, but layering lighting offers a more ambient, flexible space.

Light Up The Room

When it comes to an interior design, every space offers its own unique characteristics and challenges with the lighting concept no exception.

Kitchens

Choose a light with a beam broad enough to light the area well -think spotlights, downlights and large shades.

Consider LED tape to backlight shelves and add a soft glow above and below cabinets.

Try hanging rise-and-fall lamps over a dining table; they provide focused or softer lighting, depending on their height.

Home Offices

Look for desk lamp designs featuring widely adjustable arms that can be positioned to focus light on a specific area.

Living Areas

Place pendants in clusters to create a centrepiece or focal points for the room. Table light and floor lights provide strong silhouettes and decorative touches that can complete the look.

Table light and floor lights provide strong silhouettes and decorative touches that can complete the look.

Bedrooms

Opt for wall lights with adjustable arms– not only are they easily angled, but they also free up space on dressers and bedside tables.

Bedside table lights can offer a soft ambient glow to your room while also adding a designer touch.

Lighting For Every Mood

Many people think about a light’s appearance first, and its function or mood-enhancing effect second. Carefully chosen lamps and dimmable bulbs are key to setting the atmosphere in a room and drawing attention to, or even disguising, particular interior design elements.

Consider the following when planning your lighting:

Do highlight key features, such as a statement fireplace, beams, cornicing or a piece of artwork, by positioning a spot light or wall light nearby. This emphasises design details rather than drawing attention to the centre of a room, which a pendant often does.

Do create a soft, ambient glow with spot uplighters - placed behind sofas, screens and cabinets, it’s an unobtrusive way to set the mood.

Do try using more lights but at a lower wattage; using both wall lighting and a central pendant can create cocooning effect, without hiking up the electricity bill.

Do use dimmable designs for instant mood lighting. It sounds obvious, but it works!

Bathroom Lighting

As a multifunctional space, bathrooms require lighting that can be both practical and relaxing. It must also meet IP ratings and guidelines (see below). Here are some useful points to follow:

  • Use diffused wall and ceiling lights, as they reflect less glare from tiled or mirrored surfaces
  • Position wall lights to the side of mirrors or in front of you avoid shadows, or buy an illuminated mirror with built-in bulbs
  • Remember that, for safety reasons, the main bathroom light must be switched on by a pull cord or a light switch situated outside the bathroom

Exterior Lighting

Sometimes overlooked when it comes to lighting your home, exterior lighting can be used to ‘dress’ the outside of a property.

Consider using wall lights, rather than a single overhead bulb, to light and frame a front door.

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