1. Statement Lighting 

In addition to playing a functional role in the home, a good lighting scheme should enhance the aesthetics. In some instances, lighting can be used to make a bold statement — a striking pendant hanging delicately above a staircase being one example. In this extension and renovation scheme to a period home (above), three Tom Dixon copper pendants help to make the dining area, set beneath high ceilings, feel more intimate and bring a contemporary touch to the interiors.

2. New Looks for Bedtime Reading

Ordinarily, a couple of lamps placed on bedside cabinets are the default option when it comes to bedrooms. Planning your lighting scheme from the outset of a self build or renovation project provides the ideal opportunity to do something a little different.

Framing your bed with LED lighting and hanging stylish pendants either side of the bed are both interesting ideas (it goes to show that planning where your furniture is likely to be placed before starting first fix is important). In this scheme by John Cullen, low glare LED Polespring downlights light up the headboard, pin spot the end of the bed and wash light down the front of the cupboards to create a cosy bedroom.

Strategically placed spotlights above the headboard, foot of the end and above wardrobes create a relaxing mood in this bedroom

3. Backlit Splashbacks

The eye-catching splashback is a real talking point in this Second Nature in-frame slab and Shaker kitchen; the Meditteraneo quartz splashback is backlit with LEDs to stunning yet subtle effect.

Backlit splash backs create a great focal point in the kitchen

4. Shedding Light on High Ceilings

Spaces with high and/or vaulted ceilings can be difficult to light. Often pendant lights fail to direct light upwards towards the ceiling. Uplights are a good solution, as this example in a converted mill goes to show — warm LED strip lighting casts a soft glow and makes a feature of the space above.

Strips of light illuminate the high ceilings in this converted mill

5. Clever Accent Lighting

A clever lighting scheme brings real warmth to the interiors of this new home — in particular, the eye is drawn along the length of this open plan space and towards the colourful artwork, illuminated by accent lighting. Accent lighting also brings attention to the built-in shelving.

Accent lighting has been introduced in the shelving of this hallway

6. Layering Light

A good lighting scheme will include layers of light: task, accent (used to highlight features) and ambient (general) lighting. Nowhere is this perhaps more important than in the kitchen diner — as this scheme by John Cullen goes to show.

Here, at low level, Cazalla floor washers light the floor, Minos Spotlights on the beams provide task lighting to the kitchen island and a Contour HD24 LED strip provides uplight above the kitchen units to emphasise the ceiling.

Layered lighting above unit and under the island has been used to great effect in this kitchen

7. Integrated Lighting

Integrated lighting has been big news in the kitchen for some time, but the latest generation of bathroom cabinets have also followed suit. This Duravit New Vero illuminated vanity unit and mirror, for instance, lends a soft glow for an ambient dip.

Integrated lighting has been cleverly included within the vanity unit housing this bathroom sink

8. Illuminated Treads

Staircases and the surrounding circulation space can be difficult to light. Spotlights, positioned above each tread, can be a good option, particularly for nocturnal visits to the kitchen. Another option is to illuminate the treads themselves — it’s one way to make a statement of your new staircase (this one is by Bisca).

Illuminated treads on this Bisca staircase provide a warming glow

9. A Solution for Day and Night

Large roof lanterns or rooflights are a great addition above dining tables — bringing natural light flooding in (great for working from home or weekend lunches); the arrangement also brings a pleasing symmetry. But how do you introduce light when the sun goes down?

This scheme by John Cullen proves that pendants aren’t the only lighting solution for dining spaces; the John Cullen Lighting Wall lights provide a soft glow and Mini Starlights light up the rooflight above.

This lighting scheme from john Cullen showcases what can be achieved for lighting a dining room at night

10. Recessed Light

Wall lights can be fussy additions to minimalist schemes. An alternative for more contemporary interiors is recessed LED strips. In this living space, warm LED lighting is recessed within insets (specifically designed for this purpose), bringing swashes of soft light to this space.

A recessed LED strip provides a clever lighting solution for where wall lights won't suit

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