Whether you’re redecorating your home or moving into an entirely new one, deciding on the appropriate lighting for your home is a hugely important consideration. Given that effective lighting can make or break a plan of interior decoration, it needs to be approached properly. With this in mind, this article aims to consider just some of the important considerations one needs to bear in mind when it comes to lighting and lamps in the home.
Think of each room being decorated as like a set in a theatre show – the look of the room should illustrate the sort of activity that takes place in that setting. And in all of these, it is less important to follow whatever the trend is than to ensure that the setting is the way you want it to be.
Any room will need a particular sort of general overall light, either from overhead hanging fittings in the middle of a ceiling or flood lights and spot lamps, or even light which is bounced off the ceiling. Unless you are planning decor for a new build, of course, it is best to just go with what the existing fittings are.
One way to provide indirect light with a good dispersion is to use something called a ‘torchier’. This is like a floor lamp, except that it shines light towards the roof of the room. In cases where the existing room does not offer overhead light, or which have a dark colour scheme which needs a lot of illumination, having a torchier will help in these sort of situations.
It is also important to consider the specific task that lightning needs to achieve in the particular room. For example, a desk or piano or a wall with pictures on it will all require a specific special lamp.
Think about not only what the lamp is for, but what it will look like, both when in use and when turned off. As you would expect, a lamp will be a focal point for a room when on, so they need to look ‘correct’ in the setting they are placed in. Colour and finish will all affect this.
With hundreds of types of lamp to choose from, it is useful to consider the size you require. Larger table lamps are usually over 70 cm (27 inches) tall, and this includes the lampshade. These should be used on low tables for general illumination. Wattage for this sort of lamp should be up to 250 watts. Click here for a great selection of lamps for every room.
Medium lamps are between 50 – 70 cm (20-27 inches) in height. They can be placed on higher tables or book shelves and should be lit with a 150 watt bulb.
Small lamps are between 40 and 50 cm (15 and 20 inches) and use bulbs from 75 to 100 watts maximum, and are the sort of lamp you would use on a bedside table or wherever available space is tight.
If all of the above seems daunting, and your budget can run to it, then find a home designer or lighting designer to give you some suggestions.
And then, with the lighting itself decided, there is then the equally complex task of picking your lampshades! Here again, it is important to pick your style according to the mood you wish to convey in the room.