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October 7, 2015

Importance of lighting and the newest trends…

Lighting is everything when it comes to Interiors, many people forget this and leave it till the end and very little budget left for it, but it can make or break a space. Too much lighting and you feel like you have walked into a supermarket, not enough and all your hard work is lost into a dark hole of despair.

When lighting your space you need to remember the following rules:

  • Have a variety of light sources – combine overhead lights, task lights, ambient lighting and floor lamps to create the perfect ambiance for different occasions.
  • keep in mind your space, what will you be doing in this space, reading, sleeping, studying or applying making up, each activity would require a different light system.
  • For lighting interiors, it is often important to take into account the color temperature of illumination. For example, a warmer (i.e., lower color temperature) light is often used in public areas to promote relaxation, while a cooler (higher color temperature) light is used to enhance concentration in offices. These color temperatures also affect the colours in your room, so check your colours under different bulbs before purchasing.

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Lighting has come a long way, recently with the development of LED’s and LED strip lighting, with this these long lasting bulbs, the US department of Energy believes by 2030, 75% of bulbs purchased will be LED. We strongly suggest you have a look at these little gems when designing your interior, not only do they last longer they consume less electricity making them a budget friendly alternative.

Other trends taking over lighting industry recently:

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Pendant light and chandeliers, these gems are becoming more and more popular with their unique and quirky designs; any of these amazing designs would be asset to an interior space. Coming in a variety of colours, materials and shapes they are undeniably a conversation starter.

 

 

Oversized standing lamps are also on trend at the moment; these unique designs can be used for task lighting or even direct lighting. Offered in a range of colours, they add that all so important pop of colour.

 

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Copper-Colored Light Fixtures and warm metals are trendy for 2015, and they’re making appearances in many places throughout the home. Many lighting purveyors are getting in on the trend, offering a variety of lovely copper-colored pendant lights and various copper wall lamps.

 

Interior cabinet lighting – Don’t you hate it when your cabinets or drawers are so dark that you can’t see the contents, and you can’t find what you need? Well, trendsetters these days have found elegant solutions to that problem: they’re adding lighting inside those formerly-dark spaces.

In many cases, when you open a drawer or cabinet, the light inside is triggered to instantly turn on.