Bright Ideas: Illuminating Your Dream Home
Our clients know that NBC Construction houses some of the best developers and builders in Surrey, guaranteeing that the final product turns out exactly as they’d hoped and dreamed. A question that often crops up with us is that of lighting, with many wondering how to ensure that their dream home is lit properly, whether to highlight key areas of decor or for more practical purposes. If you’ve been pondering the same problem, then allow us to offer some suggestions:
Unless you want to leave your home exposed to the elements, windows and (glass) doors are the best way for you to get natural light into a room. Of course, beyond this, you’ll have to decide what type of windows you want and what will best suit the room. Consider how big you want your windows to be; remember that you can still create light rooms without massive windows providing you place them wisely (and skylights are also an option for extensions and attic rooms).
Though they do provide more light, bigger windows are best for rooms with a view – remember that you’ll be missing a windowsill if you opt for full-length windows, too!
Make use of your space whilst showing off your tastes with chandeliers, free-standing lamps, and wall sconces; each type of lighting provides its own mood and illumination level, which can really make or break a room. Remember to consider what each room is being used for as well – romantic lighting may be your preference, but it’s best kept to bedrooms and living rooms, whereas kitchens and bathrooms ideally need to be more brightly lit.
Consider options like counter and cupboard lighting for kitchens, which can give you an extra burst of illumination where you need it.
Clever use of mirrors can make rooms feel bigger and brighter than they really are, as well as giving them a focal point (and somewhere to check your appearance, of course!). Other metallic surfaces and fixtures can have a similar effect, although to a lesser degree.
Paler wall colours will also reflect light from windows and light fixtures, giving an overall airier and lighter appearance to a room.