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8 interior lighting tips for 2021

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
The Cricketers Modern style bedroom by Folio Design Modern
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We simply can’t let this year get away from us without resorting to (and then sharing) some good intentions and proper planning. And with that in mind, and the fact that 2021’s design trends are already arising, we decided to help brighten up the forthcoming year with some interior lighting tips (provided by some top-notch Lighting Designers). 

Let’s see how literally any room in your home can enjoy a more pronounced and welcoming ambience in 2021 (or sooner)…


1. Always remember natural light

Whichever room you decide to (re)design, consider daylight. This could influence the need for window treatment, such as switching from blinds to drapes to better control the light.

And remember that that the soft glow of candles and hearths are sure to add a welcoming ambience to any interior. 

2. Be clever with energy usage

Nightingale Triangle Modern kitchen by Clara Bee Modern
Clara Bee

Nightingale Triangle

Clara Bee

Why not impact your electricity bill in a more positive way by switching to LED lights? They outlast other types of bulbs, are much more energy efficient, are available in a wide range of colours and colour temperatures… need we continue? 


3. Consider various types of lighting

Exclusive chandelier with gold finish and gold Versace lamp shades decorated by Swarovski Crystals Classic style living room by Luxury Chandelier Classic Copper/Bronze/Brass
Luxury Chandelier

Exclusive chandelier with gold finish and gold Versace lamp shades decorated by Swarovski Crystals

Luxury Chandelier

While you’re switching to other bulbs, consider alternating the types of fixtures in your room/home. It’s the easiest way to include layered lighting in your final design. Common examples are:

• Ceiling-mounted fixtures: chandeliers, recessed can lights, track lights, pendants.

• Portable: table lamps, floor lamps, torchères. 

• Wall-mounted fixtures: Sconces, cove lights.  

4. Set the mood

Folio Design | The Cricketers | Master Bedroom Modern style bedroom by Folio Design Modern
Folio Design

Folio Design | The Cricketers | Master Bedroom

Folio Design

Speaking of layered lighting, score full marks by including all three lighting levels:

• Accent lighting: Mostly for visual style and includes up lights or spot lights highlighting furnishings and décor. 

• General ambient lighting: Intended to illuminate an entire room instead of select spots and can include chandeliers, table/floor lamps, and wall-mounted fixtures. 

• Task lighting: Aimed at reading/working spaces and includes table lamps, under-cabinet designs, and pendants. 


5. Consider the room and its uses

NICO collection: classic  by Luxury Chandelier, Classic Copper/Bronze/Brass
Luxury Chandelier

NICO collection

Luxury Chandelier

Certain lights fit certain rooms. Kitchens, for instance, call for bright general illumination plus task lighting. Living rooms, on the other hand, require reading lamps as well as low-level lighting to avoid TV glare. And mounting fixtures above or on both sides of a mirror is the best way to brighten up your bathroom while minimising shadows.  


6. Ever heard of triangle patterns?

Queens Park House Eclectic style living room by Honeybee Interiors Eclectic
Honeybee Interiors

Queens Park House

Honeybee Interiors

To make lighting design easier, use the triangle pattern when lighting a room. For a living room, consider placing a lamp on a console table behind a sofa, another on the end table near a loveseat, and a floor lamp by the reading chair. And for a bedroom, your two nightstand lamps can easily balance with an overhead ceiling light or a wall sconce. 


7. Give in to dimmer switches

Equoator crystal pendants: modern  by The Lighting Store, Modern
The Lighting Store

Equoator crystal pendants

The Lighting Store

A dimmer switch allows you to fine-tune the brightness levels while also conserving energy and extending your bulb’s life. Plus, why would you not relish the opportunity to set the room’s mood so easily? 


8. Try a subtle-yet-stylish look

Chesilton Road, Fulham, SW6 Modern bathroom by APT Renovation Ltd Modern
APT Renovation Ltd

Chesilton Road, Fulham, SW6

APT Renovation Ltd

Recessed lights can be a fantastic option, especially if there’s limited head room. They are also popular with modern/contemporary/minimalist spaces, as they are low-profile and quickly become integrated into the ceiling for an even cleaner look. Feel free to spread a few around the ceiling for full room illumination!

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Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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