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Design your home with the right lighting

Autumn isn’t far away and the change in seasons means a change in the weather! Some days might be bright, others dreary and so getting the right lighting solutions for your home is priority when initially designing a room. Forget colour schemes and furniture choices, lighting should be the first thing you think about.

Here, Camellia Interiors share their top tips that can be followed in any room, in any home.

Consider your window treatments

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your blinds and curtains aren’t important. They allow you to play with the natural light, to filter and enhance as you choose. Window treatments can make or break a room and shouldn’t be an afterthought. The vast ranges now available mean you really do have the pick of the best for both your wants and needs. A blackout blind may be needed on one window, whilst a beautiful voile or sheer will work best for another. When it comes to window treatments it’s not a case of ‘one size fits all’ so it’s worth spending time selecting the right fabric and function to suit your natural light. Camellia recommend roman blinds as they can really soften and add an extra layer to your scheme without breaking the bank!

Design your room on the gloomiest day
It’s easy to think a room will naturally work well when you see the sunlight shining through the windows, however don’t be fooled! The real test is seeing the room in it’s worst light. Use this to your advantage. By viewing your room on the gloomiest day you can see where the natural light shows through, where additional lighting is needed and therefore where and how best to position your furniture and ultimately design your room.

Mix up your lighting
As much as we love the use of natural light, of course you need electrical additions. Don’t just put in ceiling fixtures and expect your home to work. You need a mix of ambience, accent and task lighting in considered positions to really ‘make’ a room. Think about where you walk, where you sit, where you read. Do you have artwork you want to show off? Place your lighting around these positions for a practical environment that will work for you, and remember to arrange these in mind of the worst light you get in the room. Remember to also consider your lightbulbs, as they can create different atmospheres by giving off different temperatures of light. For example, it may be better to use a colder light in your kitchen, but a warmer light in your bedroom.

This blog story was provided by Camellia Interiors.