Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 5 – Design Tips for Lighting
Lighting should include general lighting such as ceiling pendants that light up a room, task lighting such as floor standing lamps for reading, and mood lighting such as table lamps to create atmosphere and ambience. Always set aside a proper budget for your lighting requirements. It can make all the difference to ensuring safety in the home or workplace (you need to see where you are going!), it helps you to tackle jobs quickly and easily without straining your eyes, and good light is essential for improving our mood and our energy levels. Therefore, poor lighting brings us down and the less there is the less likely we are to be active and enthusiastic about being active!
Crystal chandeliers have gained popularity again. Often they can make a space look more luxurious and sometimes formal. They can also add bling and a little sparkle can contribute a three dimensional effect to a scheme. Cover chandeliers with mini light shades (available in a variety of materials) to give them a more finished look, shade the glare from the light bulbs and to provide you with an opportunity to co-ordinatewith the rest of the scheme.
With coloured lights, or with mini shades, see them switched on first so that you can see what they look like and the effect they will have on a room before purchasing them. Continental style rocker light switches (a regular size plate with a large switch) are so easy for young and old alike to use and they look great, plus they won’t make you to have to reconsider the rest of the switches and socket plates in a room.
Read my next weekly blog in this series called ‘Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 6 – Design Tips for Décor & Furnishings’.