I've been looking at the some of my favourite lights around at the moment and wanted to share them with you...
Lighting is a hugely valuable tool in furnishing your home successfully, and especially at this time of the year, with natural daylight levels at rock bottom, we need to light our homes well to show them off at their best.
Take a look around your home – is there sufficient light? Lighting is divided up into several categories - accent, task and ambient, and every room should have a mixture of these types of lights to create interest. Make sure your general or ambient lighting gives a good basic light to the room, adding dimmers to these lights will give you maximum flexibility. This will give you the option to add task lighting such as reading lights for curling up with a good book on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
By using accent lighting (which should be around 3 times brighter than the surrounding ambient lighting) to focus on your favourite items – for example a beautiful plant or picture – you will create high and low lights in your rooms which are vital for variation and balance and will create cosy nooks around your home. Careful positioning of reflective surfaces will bounce available light around the room. Placing candles or tea lights in front of a mirror will give you twice the light and if you choose the scented variety, will add delicious aromas to your home.
Whilst it might feel as though hibernating is the best option at this time of year, the addition of a few key lighting pieces can turn your home into a cosy winter haven in which to hunker down and retreat from the cold.
Here are some of my other favs around at the moment: