Light and Airy

How To Give Your Home A Light And Airy Feel

Natural light from large windows - hard to beat how this makes you feel

Natural light from large windows - hard to beat how this makes you feel

 

Light is probably one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to homes and for most people it's all about maximising it whether by natural or artificial means. Lighting not only changes the mood of a room, it also alters its perceived size.

 

Unless you're planning on a major remodel of your home which incorporates putting in more or larger windows, then there's not much you can do in terms of sunlight flooding in but there is lots you can do with interior design to transform the rooms within your home so that they appear lighter, brighter and more spacious.

 

A selection of the right lighting can help you achieve a perfect balance between style, comfort and practicality in creating aesthetically beautiful yet functional interiors.

 

•   Window Dressings

•   Wall and Ceiling Colours

•   Furniture Selection

•   Lighting Options

•   Use of Mirrors

 

Windows

 

From simple classic curtains to beautiful blinds and shutters, there are lots of wonderful ways to dress your windows that will combine practicality with style.

 

Using lightweight and light coloured fabrics such as cottons and linens for curtains will maximise the amount of natural light that flows through your rooms bringing warmth and texture to your space. Darker coloured fabrics will absorb light. Tie-backs are a great idea to keep curtains away from Windows.

 

Tiny rooms will need lots of creativity and the right window dressing will have a huge impact on how your space looks and feels and use unfussy designs for small windows, such as a simple Roman or roller blind. These will fit snugly inside the window opening and are perfect for an uncluttered feel.

 

The internal colour of your window frames will increase the amount of light that is reflected inside the house with lighter colours the most effective.

 

Furniture Layout

 

Think carefully about your room layout and don't put large pieces of furniture in front of windows. De-clutter windowsills and trim any obstructing trees or hedges in your garden. Avoid too much furniture and close proximity furniture arrangements.

 

Use Of Colours

 

Paint your walls, ceilings and floors with light colours to increase the amount of sunlight that is reflected and to enhance light. Kitchen cabinets, hallway paneling, stairwells and even floorboards can be painted.

 

Mirrors

Large mirror reflecting the light around the room

Large mirror reflecting the light around the room

 

Mirrors reflect rather than absorb light and also create a great focal point. If you hang a large mirror on a wall opposite a window you can double the light that streams in. Use several mirrors or line the back of your bookshelf with mirrors and consider glass or mirrored furniture.

 

Using glass in your doors is a great way to get more natural light, externally and internally.

 

Artificial Light

 

With such a huge range of lighting available, it's important to choose the best lighting fixtures for your interiors.

 

Ambient or overall lighting usually consists of overhead lighting, while task lighting comes in the forms of under cabinet and table lighting. Ambiance lighting such as chandeliers and wall sconces add a unique feel to your space and are perfect for hallways. Choose lighting that compliments your interiors and allows you versatility in your everyday living.

 

Conclusion

 

Lighting is an important tool in interior design and should never be overlooked. The way in which you incorporate lighting into your home interiors defines the mood and the atmosphere of the space as it has an enormous impact on perception.

 

And, one last thing - keep your home clean!

 

If you need ideas and inspiration for adding elegance, sophistication and style to your home through natural or artificial lighting, call Nicky Percival Interiors on 07773 372158.