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Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We're constantly seeing advice that talks about the importance of layered lighting for your home, but what exactly does that mean? 

We're not all professional interior designers, so we need an explanation. But fear not, we've figured it out! Instead of simply plumping for one main light in each room and ignoring other spaces, you need to start thinking about more unusual ways to light your home, inside and out.

All of your illuminations, from hallways to façades, will come together to create a cohesively and beautifully lit house!

1. With a row of downlighters

You can create an amazing façade that will impress guests as they walk up to your front door.

2. Natural and artificial lighting combined

Will make a dining room infinitely more inviting and delicious at all hours of the day.

3. Floor lights make for an amazing hallway entrance

Such ceremony when entering the house!

4. Spotlights are ideal

When you have some great textures that deserves to be highlighted.

5. Even a tiny courtyard garden can become something special

 Terrace by homify



If you use the right outdoor lighting! Uplighters are fabulous.

6. This fantastic external wall has been lit to perfection

And shows off the artistry of the slate installation so well.

7. Numerous ceiling lights are wonderful

 Walls by Ofis Design
Ofis Design

Oficinas Corporativas—Home Office

Ofis Design

When you have glossy wall surfaces you want to show off.

8. Adding lighting to wooden features

Is a gorgeous idea for a warmer ambience.

9. Simple floor lights can be incredibly impactful

if you get the placement right. This would be a wonderful home entrance design!

10. Bright white lighting is important for functional spaces

 Walls by Estudio Ideas
Estudio Ideas

Casa idea

Estudio Ideas

Such as kitchens! It's also handy if you have some fab walls to show off.

11. Natural light is impossible to beat

 Walls by Arquimia Arquitectos
Arquimia Arquitectos


Arquimia Arquitectos

And these glass wall blocks are amazing. Just look how much they illuminate the stairs!

12. Under-cabinet kitchen lighting is so handy

Blue & Cream Gloss Kitchen, Aberdare, South Wales:  Kitchen by Hitchings & Thomas Ltd
Hitchings & Thomas Ltd

Blue & Cream Gloss Kitchen, Aberdare, South Wales

Hitchings & Thomas Ltd

You can make your worktops instantly more usable.

13. Ceiling edge lighting

This is a trend we can get excited about! What an impact and it looks so modern.

14. Illuminate your wall niches

And suddenly you have engaging, dynamic accents throughout your home without creating clutter.

15. Home entrance lighting

Needs to be a mix of authoritative, welcoming and safety-conscious, which is why floor illumination is perfect.

16. For a really modern home

 Corridor & hallway by OUA 오유에이
OUA 오유에이


OUA 오유에이

Layer different shapes and styles of lighting within one space. Round spotlights and square wall lights can be the best of friends!

For more lighting inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: These home lighting blunders are easy to avoid.

Which of these lighting ideas might you copy?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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