And then there was Light

And then there was Light

By Saima Malik

Proper light­ing is as vital to any home and décor as glasses to a short­sighted per­son.  Before you start fur­nish­ing your home; you should have a light­ing plan all set up and the out­lets designed and incor­po­rated within the infra­struc­ture of your home so that later vis­i­ble wiring doesn’t mar the over­all affect and you get the per­fect ambiance you want your home to project.

Dif­fer­ent areas of our homes have dif­fer­ent light­ing require­ments. The mar­ket is flooded with var­i­ous types of lights and acces­sories. Here is what I rec­om­mend to help you through the morass:

Draw­ing Rooms

The show­piece of our homes, it deserves spe­cial atten­tion as well as an extra bud­get because light­ing is going to make all the dif­fer­ence. The cen­ter­piece has to be a chan­de­lier as I believe no draw­ing room can be com­plete with­out one. Be it crys­tal or porce­lain it adds a touch of nec­es­sary glam­our. For softer touches and to high­light choice pieces we rec­om­mend spot­lights set in a false ceil­ing. The spot­lights throw light on the walls mak­ing the room look big­ger and mel­lower. Col­or­ful lamps or up lighters on side tables will com­plete the ulti­mate chic-meets-funky look.

Drawing Rooms

Draw­ing Rooms

Liv­ing Rooms

The liv­ing room is usu­ally the most used room in the house. I rec­om­mend lots of nat­ural light via win­dows for it. For arti­fi­cial light­ing we sug­gest again a chan­de­lier though this one should not be crys­tal or too grand as lounges should retain a touch of the infor­mal. Huge funky floor lamps or inno­v­a­tive side table lamps are a must and a pen­dant lamp or two hang­ing over some cor­ner fur­nished with a side table is the icing on the cake.

Bedroom Lights

Bed­room Lights

Bed­rooms

It is very easy to prop­erly light your bed­room but as easy to go wrong with it. Scones or wall lights next to bed head­board is one of the com­mon­est fea­tures in a bed­room. I agree it looks good but be a lit­tle more diverse and either have really attrac­tive wall lights or swap them for pen­dant lamps in eye-catching fab­ric pat­terns. Another viable option can be gor­geous side table lamps which give a fin­ished look to any room.

Kitchens

Kitchens

Kitchens

The kitchen is another area requir­ing care­ful plan­ning for light­ning. This is one room where large win­dows are a must to pro­vide as much nat­ural ambiance to the room as pos­si­ble. Warm cozy break­fast nook fac­ing an early morn­ing sun­rise or sun­set will make it spe­cial. For arti­fi­cial light­ing I say there should be lots of it to facil­i­tate cook­ing but clev­erly placed to enhance the glass and wood­work. To that end I sug­gest spot­lights on cab­i­net tops shin­ing below on var­i­ous uten­sils and glass.

Bath­rooms

Most peo­ple ignore bath­rooms when it comes to plan­ning proper light­ing but I strongly urge you to rethink it! Bath­rooms are a per­sonal haven to all of us and the light­ning can help us relax or feel pam­pered. Soft lights reflect­ing off steel chrome glass or porce­lain can make the expe­ri­ence sooth­ing or deca­dent. The light­ing should be flex­i­ble enough to accom­mo­date a lazy bath or a hur­ried groom­ing rit­ual and for that the ideal thing to use are dim­mers.

In gen­eral fol­low these rules: For stairs floor lights are a grand way of show­cas­ing the stair­way and guid­ing the way. Always layer your light­ing plan with start­ing at basic illu­mi­na­tion and going up to daz­zling! Use frosted lights where pos­si­ble as they give a soft dif­fused feel­ing. Try to have lights beneath or behind you and not glar­ing directly at you! Always accent spe­cific areas of the room and use as many lamps as you want! Fol­low my advice blindly and you will be sure to see the light…HA!

This arti­cle was orig­i­nally pub­lished in the print edi­tion of Val­uemag, issue 13, August 2009.


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