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Light is an essential and vital aspect of any interior design plan.

How we use light can significantly impact the space and the “mood” of the room. As much consideration should be placed on lighting as other elements such as the type and colour of paint, rugs, appliances and accessories. Lighting is just as fundamental to home improvement and can be used to create specific ambiances throughout your home.

Here we explore how 5 different types of light can impact your home:

1. Natural Light
When decorating a home there are 2 main categories of lighting that should be considered, natural and artificial. Natural light stems from the sun or from sources, such as candles and fireplaces. Lighting plays a vital part in the mood of a room and as such the types of room to benefit from natural light would be bedrooms, living room, toilets and kitchens. All of these rooms are need natural light to keep the mood relaxed and comfortable. The natural light in the bathroom promotes cleanliness and in the living room emphasises space.

2. Accent Lights
Accent lights should traditionally be used the secondary lights in a room, and as a basic rule of interior design they should be 3-5x brighter than the ambient light level. A good example of accent lights is floor and table lamps and wall features. These would be commonly used to highlight particular areas in your house for example, a painting in the wall of a living room, or a table lamp to light up books and alternative accessories.

3. Ambient Lights
Ambiance is something that you have to create through lighting and if done correctly it can help bring comfort or a relaxed atmosphere to the space. The ambient lighting as explained in more detail below is usually dim and 3-5 times milder than any nearby accent lights. This helps promote a peaceful mood. The main ways to achieve this is via dimmer lights from chandeliers or wall lights.

4. Task Lighting
Task lighting has a specific purpose of providing light for particular areas around the house. This type of lighting is usually used in rooms such as the living room and bedrooms for activities such as reading and the kitchen for lighting up areas where you cook and prepare food.

5. Decorative Lighting
This type of lighting is used spontaneously and can be added or removed based on circumstances. It is essentially used as a design element and would be utilised via objects that might not normally cater for light. A good example is a lot of shops around London use decorative pieces which they manipulate to contain candles or small dim lights. This type of lighting should always accompany other brighter forms unless it is for a romantic setting.

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