Making the Most of the Lighting in Your Home

How your home looks and most importantly feels comes down to a variety of factors however lighting is key when it comes to setting the right mood, creating an atmosphere and affecting how practical a room is.

There are two types of light when it comes to interiors, natural light and good light. Encouraging the maximum use of natural light throughout the day is important, as it ensuring that additional lighting works efficiently and with the design of the room in mind as well.

The Best Light Scheme

The best light scheme is one which incorporates both natural light and a good lighting system which will offer everything the room and its inhabitants will need from dawn to dusk and beyond.

Being aware of the direction that your rooms face and what the primary and secondary functions of the room are will help you put together a lighting plan. A lighting plan will help you focus on what the room really needs lighting-wise and will ensure you make an informed decision when look at different fixtures, lamps etc.

Natural Light According to the Compass

The quality of the natural light will depend on which direction the room faces. A north facing room tends to fill with a colder, harsher light as opposed to warm light. For this reason artists often look for North facing studios or rooms to work in.

A south facing room enjoys warm light throughout the day, obviously dependant on the season and the weather. Rooms such as main living rooms and kitchens, rooms that are occupied the majority of the time benefit most from being south facing.

With a western facing room there is the risk of glare from the sun which will flood the room at the hottest part of the day although this is tempered by softer light and longer shadows as the day progresses into the afternoon. An east facing room therefore is bright in the morning and darker later.

All of these factors need to be taken into account when deciding what type of lighting will be needed.

Practical Lighting

Bearing in mind how much natural light the room in question receives it is important when designing your lighting plan to ensure that lamps, wall lights and ceiling fixtures are all best placed and give out not only enough light but the right type of light.

Task lighting for example is important for rooms where the occupant enjoys detailed work, uses a laptop, stitches, reads or does anything which requires good, solid light. An Angleposie lamp which may be moved and adjusted as appropriate and which comes in designs which suit both modern and traditionally styled rooms provides ideal adjustable light.

Consider also the type and strength and colour of the bulbs used around the room and decide whether a dimmer switch may be a lighting function which adds value to the feel and the convenience of the room.

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Putting it All Together

Once you have discovered what your room needs in terms of general lighting, task lighting and the correct positioning of these lights it is time to have some fun with your task. Shopping for homewares such as light fixtures, lampshades, mirrors to reflect light, candles and more is something that needs to be done with the lighting plan in mind yet also incorporates the colours and the style of the room as well.

If you do your homework properly and make informed lighting choices the overall effect on the room may be very dramatic and indeed will finish the room perfectly.

Amateur Interior Design Top Tips

Changing the way that a room looks or feels takes thought, time and without proper planning may be expensive. These top tips show amateur interior designers how to change a room with style and without any fuss.

It is easy to get caught up in the master plan when looking to change the way a room or even an entire home looks, especially when you have seen the perfect picture in a magazine or online which you wish to recreate. The truth is that these pictures rarely transfer exactly as you would wish them to due to the differences in room size and shape, the furniture already there and the type of natural light in place.

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The best advice interior designs give to those renovating or redecorating their homes is to take a step back and consider these top tips for getting it right first time.

  1. Make a Plan
    When you start a design led project it is important to have a rudimentary plan in place. This plan must be flexible in order to incorporate new ideas that develop as work moves on or that fabulous piece of furniture found at auction which must now be a feature. Having a basic plan in place however, as well as some style boards and similar resources stops the project getting out of hand and too far away from what you originally wanted.
  2. Get Samples
    Seeing the most fabulous pair of curtains or a carpet which looks perfect in a show room is little help to you unless you are able to look at it in the room you will be placing it in. Paint swatches, wallpaper samples, upholstery examples and more are all available from reputable retailers so that you may check out colours and textures in advance, before buying an expensive item which you then find doesn’t look quite right.
  3. Choose Furniture That is Practical and Stylish
    An antique dresser which offers absolutely no storage in a room which is crying out for it or a large modern piece which doesn’t quite fit properly and so never quite looks right adds no value to a room and will eventually end up being replaced, adding to the makeover budget and causing more work. Ensure before you buy anything that you measure up the room properly, including the windows, doorways and recesses. Modular bedroom furniture which may look traditional in style or more modern is often used to add valuable storage, to fit into awkward spaces and of course looks great too.
  4. Use Accessories and Homewares to Alter a Room
    Sometimes changing the way that a room looks and feels is reliant less on putting up new wallpaper or repainting everywhere than it is on dressing a room differently. For example, in a room with a neutral colour on the walls changing floral throws and curtains, and replacing these with more colourful contemporary pieces, adding theme and colour coordinating wall art, clocks, lampshade and assorted homewares would completely transform the space.

Take a step back and look at the room as it is before you start any project, consider your budget, what the room is used for, whether you are likely to want to change it again in twelve months. Think carefully about what would truly make your time in the space happy, as opposed to putting too much importance upon mirroring what professional interior designers state is the current top look.

Home Office Arrangement Incorporating Style, Convenience and Health

Working from home offers a wide number of benefits both financially and personally. To ensure that home workers benefit the most from their home office it must also be designed with both health and convenience in mind.

There are a number of different style related issues to consider when buying and arranging the furniture in a home office. It makes sense for the furniture to work within the allotted space, to encompass all of the room’s storage needs and to be aesthetically pleasing to the person working in there.

Home office design is not simply about looking good and having room to store files, folders and equipment; other important factors include time saving and the health of the person occupying the office.

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Save Time and Reduce Stress

Stress in the workplace is a common ailment these days and when working alone individuals are not immune to the same concerns, although granted some triggers are removed when you work from home. As an individual working for yourself or for another company from your own base you are responsible for your own time, your own productivity, often your own invoices, marketing and more.

Time or lack of time is often the biggest issue workers face and so using modular home office furniture or similar to ensure that your office space is organised in a way where everything used regularly is close at hand and efficient work is promoted will make the day less stressful and more profitable.

Physical Health Issues

In the workplace there are policies and procedures in place which contain details of health and safety recommendations, rules and regulations which workers have to be informed of and follow as part of their contract. Few home workers, working out of their own office have these policies in place and it would be very uncommon for a risk assessment to have been undertaken on the home office environment.

it is important however that when arranging your home office that you take into consideration recommendations from the Health and Safety Executive and that you exercise common sense, care and attention in order to ensure that your working practices remain healthy.

Your office chair for example is important. If you spend a reasonable amount of time at the desk then it is important that the office chair is sturdy, adjusted to the correct height and supports your body properly in order to avoid aches, pains and long term damage.

An ergonomically designed office space will take into consideration the way that you work, the distance between yourself and your PC monitor, as well as the angle it is set at and a number of variables which when investigated and followed properly ensure that the office space is set up to help promote good working health as opposed to damaging it.

The Ultimate Office

If what is desired is the optimum package; the best possible office layout to promote productivity, motivation and ensure that the physical and mental health of the worker is protected then modular furniture is the way forward. Regardless of the size of a room this type of furniture ensures that everything that is required is included and it may be moved around with ease so that a safe and healthy work environment may be maintained.

Thankfully arranging the ultimate office does not mean that home workers have to compromise on style.

Creating The Right Home Office

If you are looking to create an office space in your home, there are a few factors that you may need to consider. If you work from home, a home office needs to look great but it has to also remain functional. One of the main considerations is of course how much space do you have to work with? A complete home office furniture set can require a substantial amount space for you to be able to fit it in your home without it becoming cramped. However, what if you could custom design your home office furniture setup to meet your own requirements? This can be done with modular home office furniture.

The Room4 Interiors modular home office furniture range lets you pick and choose all the furniture components that you require. You firstly choose the furniture finish you want such as oak, walnut, teak and beech. You then select all the individual furniture components you need for your home office. Starting with a basic desk (or desks), you then choose what other units you want to have in your home office. You can even choose the handles that you wish to adorn your new setup. This means that you get to choose exactly what furniture you have in your home office to perfectly match your available space.

Modular Home Office

We have many other home office furniture options for you to choose from across the Room4 Interiors range, with new additions regularly being added. If you have any question on any of the furniture we have to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Your Workspace and You

Did you know that how you keep your office workspace can greatly affect the way you perform? Here are some really interesting facts that may inspire you to get your desk tidy and in order!

Your Workspace and You

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