From chandeliers to spotlights to tube lighting to paper lanterns the variety and availability of beautiful, unique and practical ceiling lights has never been so vast. Whether you are looking to illuminate a kitchen table, living room or landing there is the light fitting to suit your design requirements. This article will take you through the do’s and don’ts of finding the perfect ceiling light solution for you.
Although lighting has a huge practical role within a room it can also significantly add to the aesthetic qualities of a space in its physical appearance and also the type of light it emits. Consequently before purchasing any fittings it is important to consider the type of illumination you require in the room. For a soft and relaxing light opt for shaded fittings or those with small bulbs which will emit a softer glow.
For areas where you require brighter light for activity and so on the opposite applies. For kitchens and bathrooms avoid small shaded fittings and opt for spotlights which provide the room with an even and bright light source ideal for these areas. Furthermore, their properties ensure their longevity in damp and warm surroundings.
Once the practical elements have been established you can also then consider how the physical formation of your light fitting can enhance the design scheme of the room. Firstly, opt for a style which complements the traditional or contemporary feel of your house. For modern homes consider clean, simplistic and structural fittings made of metal, glass, chrome or plastic. Take inspiration from other objects and patterns within the room whether it be a beautiful glass dining suite, a metal curtain pole or chrome kitchen appliances.
If spotlights are used replicate their metal finish elsewhere in the room by updating your plug sockets and light switches.
For more traditional homes consider using opulent chandeliers in brass, wood or wrought iron to create a real design feature in the centre of your room. If this is your choice also think about the height at which you suspend the fitting for the ultimate design impact. For a more reserved alternative choose a traditionally beautiful stained glass light shade which will scatter colourful beams across your room. Or, be creative and use matching material from your soft furnishings to make a fabric light shade for the ceiling.
If you choose this option however, be careful not to make your fitting too dark or elaborate as this will create a chintzy outdated feel. As a compromise choose plain fabric or a shade with pleated material.
Finally, although ceiling lighting tends to be the main source of light in a room, in order for your design scheme to work and have a sense of rhythm, it is also important to consider the auxiliary light sources. For example, choose a style which has a coordinating range of table lamps and floor lamps which you can use to bring the design scheme together whilst also providing light in darker areas of the room. These smaller and logical steps will combine to create an interesting, effective, atmospheric and practical lighting design for your room.