The Handy Home Lighting Design Guide

September 26, 2014

The Handy Home Lighting Design Guide


Lighting ideas for Beginners


No matter how carefully you pick your furniture and colour scheme, there’s one thing that can easily ruin your entire interior design: lighting. When the sun goes down, lights have a big impact on how rooms look and feel. So be sure to save your interior and get your home lighting design right! Here’s our handy Home Lighting Design Guide with plenty of lighting ideas to help you get started.

Before you start

Before we go into details, it’s important to remember that balance is at the basis of any good home lighting design. When you assign various types of lighting to different areas of your room, try to envision the other lights. Take a moment to think whether the combination wouldn’t make an area too bright or chaotic, for example. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get designing! You basically build up a balanced home lighting design, starting with the main lights and then working your way through to the details. First up: general lighting.


General lighting:

or ambient lighting are the lights that provide the main source of light in your room, ensuring it is well lit and comfortable and safe to use. Classic types of lighting that are used for this are ceiling lighting, pendant lights or recessed lighting.

How to use: If the room is small, choose one light and place it in the middle of the room. For larger rooms / areas, use two or more in central positions on the ceiling, spread equally over the area.


Next up is task lighting:

They’re the lights which ensure you have enough light to perform specific tasks, such as reading, eating or cooking. For this type often lights are used which aims the light directly at the targeted area. Again, pendant lights (with shades) suit this type of lighting, but also floor lamps, desk lamps, wall lights and recessed lighting.

How to use: Place the light(s) close to the area in which you perform the task (e.g. dining table, kitchen counter top, desk, etc.) and aim the light directly at it. Also think about where you’ll be when performing an activity – if you’re seated at a desk and the light comes from behind, your body will cast a shadow on your work.


Now that all the practical areas are covered, you can move on to the detailed part of your home lighting design: accent lighting:

With accent lighting, you can highlight key room features and get rid of dark corners, adding warmth and character to your home. There any many types of lights used for this part, so feel free to experiment.

How to use: Have a look around your room. Which features in it would you like highlighted? Think paintings, architectural features, etc. Also have a look at which areas in the room still look too dark. Corners often tend to be shadowy and can easy be enlivened by an interesting floor lamp or pendant light. Again, feel free to experiment.

If you build up your design with this home lighting design guide, you should be able to create a well-lit and comfortable house. Did you find our tips useful? Let us know in the comments!



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