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Enhance Your Home With Light

The lighting you choose for your home can have a very dramatic effect on it, that’s why it’s a subject that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Incorporating a selection of both practical and aesthetically pleasing lighting fixtures means you can have the best of both worlds, you don’t have to be an interior designer or have artistic leanings to achieve a specific mood or look to your home just by choosing the right kinds of lights, and it doesn’t have to cost too much either.

There are plenty of stores that stock lighting fixtures these days so you are sure to be inspired once you start looking. And don’t stop at the interior of your home, extend the lighting out onto the patio and into the garden and really make an impact.

If you have never heard of accent lighting then get online and do some research. Used as an addition to stronger practical light fixtures, accent lighting is used to emphasise a particular area or object in a room and can really add to its style by drawing attention to these aspects. Use them to highlight items on the wall, or pieces of furniture, they can often add surprising amounts of dimension and depth to a space. Decorative sconces or wall lights can add character to an entrance hall or porch by creating a warm, cosy glow, a great welcome home for your family, and any visitors, on a cold winters evening. : Floor Standing Lighting in contemporary and traditional designs are particularly effective in any room, placed in a strategic position, next to the fireplace or in a dark corner, they provide extra light for reading or other activities and are a solid addition to a room that sees plenty of use. Find black uplighter floor lamps teamed with alabaster glass shades, or adjustable options in chrome or antique brass finish complete with white glass shade. Shades are manufactured from fabric or glass and can reach up to 152cm high. Mother and child lamps feature a main lamp with a smaller light lower down the stand that can usually be adjusted to throw extra light on a particular item.

Table lamps too can be placed all over the house and enhance it with a cosy look as night starts to fall, place them on hallway tables, on a desk, on bedside table for the kids room, bookshelves and dressing tables and save on overhead lighting. The contemporary Hamburg Table Lamp has an attractive traditional shape and comes in an antique brass or chrome finish complete with shade, the range also offers matching pendants and wall lights in the same style. The Tevere Table Lamp is a traditional fixture with a black gold chain that can be removed giving you the option to fit it flush to the ceiling, and comes complete with glass shades.

Spot lights help to create a striking yet understated effect by using uplighting, place them behind particular pieces of furniture, have them highlighting works of art, or disguise them in crown molding to highlight a beautiful wood ceiling.

You can totally transform your home just by adding simple : lighting schemes and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. Take a trip to your local DIY, homeware or lighting store and you’ll find hundreds of designs and styles within your price range.

There are plenty of familiar names in the lighting industry, you are sure to recognize some of them. If you are lighting a new build then consider getting in the professionals to assess your requirements and help with a lighting plan. Some lighting stores can provide this service for free if you set up an account for all your lighting purchases with them. Check out online illumination experts for advice, good quality products and affordable prices.

Michiel Van Kets writes articles for Lighting Today, the best online store for home lighting in the UK. Lighting Today offers nationwide delivery on all purchases direct to your door, so browse online from Floor Standing Lighting, Spot Lights to Wall Lights.

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