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Interior Design Lighting Advice and TipsLighting is an essential part of the design of any space and careful consideration needs to be given to both natural and artificial light from the outset.

Natural light is obviously governed by how many windows and doors you have but, less obvious to many people, also depends on the orientation of your space, windows and doors to the movement of the sun and also where you live in the world.  The natural light entering your space will have a different impact on the overall illumination, shadows and the colours you have chosen depending on the above factors.  This is why it is essential to obtain samples of products and place them in the space before making any big decisions.

If you are designing a space from scratch and deciding where windows and doors should be placed, then these placements should take into account orientation, illumination requirements, access requirements, regulations and practicality.

Artificial light is under your control but is a delicate art to get right.  Again, the types of lighting you use will affect the appearance of your colours, fabrics and flooring.  The number of lights, their positioning, brightness and proportions all need to be considered.

To start with you should always consider the different ways in which your space will be used.  For instance, work areas in a kitchen require bright and even lighting for safety, avoiding casting your own shadow over the areas.  Elsewhere a kitchen may require a different ambience, especially if you are intending to eat in there too.

A living room will often have multiple uses and therefore will require a flexible lighting arrangement.  Often you will require directional lighting for reading, dimmable lighting for watching television, stronger lighting if intending to work in the room and possibly lighting to create an ambience suitable for entertaining.

There are a multitude of options available these days when it comes to artificial lighting.  It is very easy to spend a small fortune, but if you have a defined plan from the start you can optimise your lighting requirements to avoid over-spending.

It is also important to consider factors such as your energy consumption and bulb replacement rates when choosing lighting.  Green choices are becoming more and more popular, for good reason, and are due to become regulation in the not too distant future.

At Sunset Interior Design we consider lighting requirements very carefully, taking into account all the areas mentioned above, as well as providing specialised lighting for specific applications.

If you would like any help with your domestic or commercial interior design or decorating projects, however small or large, please contact us and we will be delighted to work with you.  We offer a professional, friendly, personal and affordable service to every one of our customers and are here to help you achieve your desired results first time and within budget.

Linda Mills
Sunset Interior Design, Sheffield Interior Designers covering South Yorkshire and Derbyshire