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A well lit room

Lighting tricks

Your lighting scheme should be flexible enough to take you through from dawn to dusk, creating different atmospheres along the way.

Changing the lighting can alter the way a room looks, particularly the dimensions, just as much changing the colour of the walls.

To make your room appear larger

  • Use wall washers on a large expanse of light coloured ceiling.
  • Use uplighters to bounce light onto the ceiling and walls.
  • Create panels of light at one end of the room - your eye will be pulled along towards it, making the space appear longer.
  • Light all four corners of the room.

To make your room appear taller

  • Use vertical light beams.
  • Hang pendant lights low.

To make your room appear cosier

  • Use several table lamps, singularly or in clusters, to create lots of little low pools of light in a large, high room.
  • Don't allow light onto the ceiling.

For more on creating the illusion of space, using pattern and colour, try our interactive room.

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