How to successfully light your home

An absolutely fantastic piece on lighting in the Country Life magazine this week! Amelia Thorpe has rounded up some top Interior Designers to bring you tips for successfully lighting your home.

It's completely got me buzzing as I whole heartedly agree with everything they say so thought I'd share with you in case you missed it...

1. What light bulbs? 

When choosing a light bulb go for a warm not cold white and not too high a voltage. You don't want stark, glaring lights but more a soft glow especially in sitting rooms & bedrooms.

Low lighting in bedrooms creates atmosphere and don't forget to add dimmer switches so you can reduce the light to soften the mood. 

2. What to consider when choosing your lamp shades

When choosing a shade don't forget to take into account the inside colour as that is where the light bounces from. A gold or soft cream lining give a lovely warm glow. 
Also consider the fabric of the shade as a more dense fabric will throw the light out above and below the shade instead of through it. A great tip from Sophie Eadie when choosing this size of your shade is to measure the height of your lamp base and roughly match it to your shade base diameter. 

3. Wall Lights or Ceiling Lights?

Mix up your lighting to create a natural feel to a room. Varying the height of your lighting source will create the most amount of atmosphere and balance so don't be afraid to use table lamps and floor lamps as well as your main wall/ceiling lights.

Don't forget to plan your lamps and lighting if you are at the start of a project so you can allow for recessed sockets. Planning your lighting around your furniture may seem over the top but it will save you having wires and extension leads all over the floor.  

Wall lights or sconces can be used to tie in with patterns and colours in the room. For instance try matching your shades with your curtain fabric.

Mixing floor lamps with table lamps will create a lovely balance at both high and low levels.

4. Recessed Lights

These are great for practical rooms like bathrooms and utility and can be a clever way of highlighting art work or curtains but be careful using them around the rest of the house as it might make your home feel like a hotel. Opt instead for wall lights or pendants with a few spots to create balance and a soft glow.


With massive thanks to Amelia Thrope for such a fab article and interior designers Alidad, Kate Earle, Lucy Elworthy & Sophie Eadie for their amazing advice.