5 ways you can use lighting to transform your home

Posted: 29th May 2019

A great way to make the most of your home will be ensure you're using your lighting in the best way possible

All you need to do is make sure you've got your fixtures and fittings arranged appropriately, and you'll be able to transform your room with the flick of a switch.

So, what does this involve? Well, we've spoken to Budget Direct, who explain all here...

1. Maximizing natural light

Few things will compare to natural light, yet there are often parts of our room that don’t get any.

However, there's a simple trick to try that could change this - it's all about thinking reflectively! Giving mirrors and pale-coloured paint - ideally in gloss - a go can positively reflect light in your room.

Your curtains can make a big difference too. Picking sheer will protect your privacy, while providing you with soft light throughout the room.

2. Making it spacious

We rely on our eyes and brains to interpret space based on the distribution of light - that's why a gloomy room can feel small and cramped to us.

With light catching the eye, it's therefore worth placing lamps all around the room, as it reminds us that the areas exist. For a more ambitious effort, use back-lighting - it illuminates the furniture and fittings to give the impression of depth.

3. Big impressions

A tall room instantly creates the impression of luxury - however, we're not all lucky enough to have a high ceiling. Yet you can use light to create the illusion of height.

Investing in some statement lighting is a great way to draw eyes upwards. A fancy light fixture can completely transform the look and feel of a room, while choosing a clear, simple statement fitting that avoids blocking any sight lines can create an expansive feeling headspace.

4. Cosier rooms

A great way to give your home some 'light temperature' will be by grouping candles together. Softer light can be filtered through lampshades to create the impression of light in a natural, cosy way, instead of with a harsher bulb.

5. Change the temperature

Blue-white light resembles daylight, making us feel alert (this is why we avoid blue light from electronic devices in the evening). A warm light is cosier and tricks us into thinking we're feeling warmer - simply buy bulbs or dimmers to change the effect, but it also has the chance to be visually pleasing, so you can adjust a bulb's colour by changing your lampshade.