Lighting is a tricky art to master. Getting it right is difficult, but when you do it enhances your space without overpowering it. Get it wrong, it will result in dim, blinding or just downright ugly lighting designs.
So to make sure you don’t put a foot wrong with your lighting décor, we’ve put together the top 5 lighting mistakes you could be making, that when fixed, you will have the perfect light setting.
1 – Lighting That Doesn’t Have A Function
It’s great to create a beautiful lighting scheme, but if it doesn’t add any functionality to the space then it’s simply no use. Imagine an office that doesn’t have lighting over a desk, or a living room that has lighting that creates a glare on the television. Lighting needs to be practical. It should enhance your space, not make life more difficult.
Solve it: Consider how you will use the space and focus the right levels of light where it will be needed the most.
2 – Lighting That Looks Too Cluttered
It’s really tempting to buy pretty light fittings, but having too many for a space will lead it to look cluttered. That doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to one or two lights in each room. But if every corner is lit up like a Christmas tree, it isn’t the best idea. The lighting in your home should compliment the décor, not overwhelm it.
Solve it: If you have a lot of lights, don’t have them all on at the same time. You can mix and match them, creating different combinations for different feeling atmospheres.
3 – Lighting That Doesn’t Have A Theme
If you’re a lighting addict, you may have ended up with an assortment of fixtures and fittings that are completely mismatched. Sometimes this works really well, as eclectic décor is definitely a current trend. But if you don’t have a keen design eye, it’s really tricky to pull off the right combination.
Solve it: Stick to one design theme per room. If you’re bored, you can always visit us here at Solihull Lighting for a change!
4 – Lighting That Doesn’t Suit The Space
Each sort of light fitting works best in different spaces. Floor lamps are for the lounge, LED’s for the kitchen – but it’s easy to slip up and think a bad design is actually really great. Fabric table lamps should never be anywhere near the bathroom, and a glaring fluorescent light isn’t ideal for the living room or study. The key is to find the best ‘fitting fit’ for each room.
Solve it: Do some online research and find out which types of lights are best for which spaces. Or you can come and visit us in our Solihull Lighting store during our Summer Sale to speak to our expert staff and get the ideal lighting for your rooms at a fraction of the cost.
5 – Lighting That Hurts Your Eyes
Have you ever got a headache from working at the computer, or had to look away because your eyes are stinging? This is what bad lighting can do. Our lighting should never make us ill, and eye strain is a very common problem. You can avoid it by using the most appropriate lighting.
Solve it: Computer screens should be positioned so that windows are to the side. Reduce glare by closing curtains and blinds. When you have ambient lighting, make sure it’s no brighter than your computer screen.
For more great lighting ideas, visit us in-store to pick our brains on the ideal lighting for your space and take advantage of the Solihull Lighting In Store Summer Sale, on until the end of August.