Lighting design: Expert guide to getting your lighting right

A lighting scheme in an open-plan living room and stairway with exposed brick walls
(Image credit: John Cullen Lighting)

A mistake made by far too many is to leave lighting design as an afterthought — failing to plan for it or to leave any money in the budget to do it well. 

While it might be relatively easy to complement an existing lighting scheme with freestanding lamps, your hardwired lighting design ideas will have a massive impact on how you use a room and on how it feels.

där lighting, have been used as bedside lighting. (Image credit: dar lighting group)
Lightwave supply a range of options. (Image credit: Lightwave)
Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.