As the winter draws on, this week we’re bringing you some lighting inspiration! We’re always designing light solutions into our projects and there’s no time like the present to brighten up these dark and dreary January days! It’s no secret that in the northern hemisphere winter affects our mood and mental health, the days are short and dark so making the most of the light (and providing our own) is crucial to making it through the bleakness!

There are many different ways to approach lighting a space – the first step is to make the most of what you’ve got, evaluate the room and it’s requirements in terms of lighting necessity and mood. Overhead lighting is your answer to washing the overall space with illumination from above. Whilst the function remains ultimately the same, the type of fixture can dictate the look and feel of what is often the centre point of the room.

Other focal points and spotlights can be created by using wall, table top and floor lamps. Lighting walls can be a very effective way of changing the atmosphere in the room and brighten the whole space. The placement of any lamp is the key to getting the ambience right – lamps provide concentrated light that usually perform more specific functions i.e. light for reading, to create cosiness in a corner, to spotlight a piece of artwork or to work under.

Whilst lamps can be used in a decorative way, lighting options such as fairylights, lanterns or candles provide a type of lighting that can’t be matched by larger bulbs. Knowing your bulbs can help too! Choosing bulbs that emit 2700 – 3000 Kelvin are softer and produce much warmer lighting, perfect for winter evenings.

Whilst it can feel pointless, it is actually worth making the very most of what little natural light there is at this time of year. Using reflection to bounce natural light around a room is a hugely affective way of utilising natural light and reaping the benefits. Mirrors are the obvious solution to reflection but similar results can be produced with metals, glass and even opting for glossier or satin wall paints.

Low light plants are an effective way of introducing biophilic elements into any space. We associate plants with the outdoors and subconsciously we know they need light, so when we see plants they can instantly boost our mood. Maybe you don’t fancy a complete DIY makeover, but if you are redecorating it can be worth considering colours that will lighten up the room. It all boils down to considered locations and creating the illusion of light where it’s otherwise unavailable.