Keen to make the lighting in your home work in the best way possible? Here’s the Fresh Design guide to some of the key home lighting options and how and where to use them for the best effect.
Table lights come in all designs, shapes and sizes and are designed as smaller scale lamps that can be used on a table. Depending on the shade, the majority of the light tends to be cast downwards, so they can provide a degree of ambient lighting.
Best used to: Provide small areas of low level lighting in areas such as the living room, hallway or bedroom. Choose table lamps that coordinate with your interior decor and look for bases made of glass, metal and ceramic to add elements of texture.
Traditionally known as standard lamps, floor lamps have come a long way from simply being a wooden base with a large fabric lightshade. These days floor lights are made from a multitude of materials and often have multiple heads and flexible functionality.
Best used to: Bring light into dark corners or provide an alternative form of task lighting, for example for reading or crafting. Choose a modern floor light to provide a statement, as well as a light source, in a living room.
Wall lights can often be a more subtle form of lighting, especially when they’re designed to be flush to the wall. They help add light at a lower level in the room and can be used to highlight corners or other areas that would otherwise be lacking in light. In addition, wall lights can be decorative and add a sculptural form of decoration to the wall.
Best used to: Add an element of lower level lighting in a room that’s both practical and decorative. They’re particularly well suited to a living room, bedroom or hallway.
Spot lights are a form of overhead task lights that provide a good source of clear, bright lights to specific areas of a room. The lights can be set into the ceiling or wall mounted and controlled to all come on at once, or specific lights for set purposes.
Best used to: Add a clear source of light to areas where you need to see well, such as food preparation areas in the kitchen. They’re also ideal to use in bathrooms.
Okay, so strictly speaking not an essential lighting type, but a good approach to adopt if you want to add a bit of quirkiness into your home lighting!
For example, we love these cloud and star wall lights from Cox and Cox, aren’t they fun?
Best used to: Add your own unique statement to your home. Look for fun lights that are characterful, colourful or quirky and use them in any room of your home.
Whatever lighting options you’re using in your home, think carefully about what works best where and how you can bring the right type of light you need into each and every room in your home.1