Decorating you home is probably one of the most rewarding things to do. When we moved into our house it was a big job. A job we have loved seeing come to life and how we envisioned. We are now slowly coming to an end of our renovations, but there are still some important things missing. Lighting!

Lighting your home can be stressful and tricky, you want something that captures the theme perfectly. You might want a light that creates a focal point, or one that is easily hidden. A pendant hanging light is an excellent feature to any room. It can brighten up a lounge or become a statement piece in an open plan kitchen. Floor standing lamps give that sense of warmth and a homely feeling.

Whether you’re looking to transform your living room into a cosy nest or craft a truly relaxing ambience in your bathroom. Their are three basic types of lighting that work together in your home:

Ambient lighting – at its simplest, ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely. In some spaces such as laundry rooms, the ambient lighting also serves as the primary source of task lighting.

It can be accomplished with chandelier lights, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights and with lanterns mounted on the outside of the home. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.

Task lighting – this type of lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games and balancing your checkbook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and undercabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.

and finally

Accent lighting –  accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to houseplants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall or outdoor landscaping.

Accent lighting requires as least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it.

I have been getting lots of inspiration on lighting ideas from a company called Lights. They have a huge selection of lighting to choose from to achieve the perfect lighting in your home.

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