Light the way
August 01, 2016
The Block judge Darren Palmer gives his tips for lights in renovations.
Use natural light to your advantage
If a room is completely sun-drenched, try using filtering window coverings to soften its intensity. If there is limited natural light available, consider the use of mirrors and reflective finishes.
Don’t be afraid of the dark
As light creates shadow, this can be used to distort the boundaries and dimensions of a room which actually enhances its sense of space. For instance, highlighting a painting, artwork or sculpture on a dark wall gives the illusion of objects being suspended in space.
Shine a spotlight on your features
In the dining room or kitchen, cabinet lighting and illuminated shelving are impressive and eye-catching features and create great conversation topics for friends and family. Similarly in the living room, pendant lights are great for creating ambient lighting, but should also be layered with different light sources, to ensure the space remains functional.
Understand space and create light zones
Angled down lights and wall sconces can be used to expand a room’s size or break up open spaces and walls into discrete areas. Up lights can be used to make a room feel taller or can be used to highlight certain architectural features. Conversely in rooms with vast ceilings, table lamps, floor lamps or feature candles can bring the focus below eye level to make a room feel more inviting and intimate.
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