How to make a Room Bigger using Clever Lighting

bedroomSome of us enjoy having a small, cosy feel in our home.  However if all your rooms are small and cosy, they might start to feel cramped and claustrophobic instead.  If you find yourself wishing for a bigger space, here we have some suggestions about giving your home a more spacious feel.

1) For overhead lights, keep close to the ceiling- Low-hanging lights are going to dramatically reduce the amount of perceived space in your home as they draw the eye lower and so make the ceiling look lower than it actually is.  If you want a dramatic light feature, try and choose one that is wider, as it will still be eye catching but will make the room look higher.  If not, recessed lighting is a popular and easy choice for opening up the space as they are unobtrusive and do the job of ambient lighting.

2) More ligthoughtful-teen-room-layout-16-554x615hts mean better light- Having one singular light can actually draw attention to the lack of space, rather than improving it.  Having multiple lights can create this illusion of space by reducing the shadows in the room.  Make sure lights are spaced out as they can draw attention to different parts of the room and give the illusion of more space.  For examples, having lights on different levels, such as an overhead light and then a lamp on a desk can help space out the room as well for the same reason.

3) Uplights are your new best friend- As the name suggests, these lights direct the light upwards, usually through the lamp used, which makes ceilings appear higher, due to reducing the shadowing effect.  This also draws attention to the ceiling, making it appear higher.

4) Unlock the power of Natural Light (or at least pretend to)- Natural Light is the best way to open up a space as it fills the space with the daylight bulb manufactures try and recreate.  One way to do this is making windows as big as possible by avoiding obtrusive, heavy drapes and using sheer one’s instead.  However, if natural light isn’t an option, using an LED or fluorescent with a similar light colour will do the same job.  Some LEDS have the added benefit of being dimmable which means that you can adjust the light to be darker when you want a more cosy feel.

5) Reflective light-coloured walls and mirrors- Although not strictly a lighting choice, lighter coloured walls will enhance the lights you choose.  This is because they are more reflective than darker walls, meaning there will appear to be more light and so more space.  Ditto for mirrors, and these have the added benefit of reflecting the room as well which Mirror-In-Small-Bedroomcreates the illusion of twice as much space.

6) Small cupboards or wardrobes?- Sometimes cupboards can seem cramped too as they have a lack of light, and it is sometimes difficult to see what is within them.  Strip or Ribbon LED lighting can help illuminate the space with strong bright light, and is space effective as they are fairly small.


If you have any questions about making the most of your space or about what type of lighting would be appropriate, call us at LampShopOnline on 0843 178 2828.

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