Statement lighting can be easily achieved as long as you can identify the darkest areas of the room that need lighting, and the areas that will need task lighting etc. for the functionality of the room. If you have a room with some dark recesses you can use mirrors behind table lamps to achieve the effect of bouncing the light around the room and making the pace look bigger. I effectively visually almost added another room because the mirrors fill the alcoves fully giving an optical illusion of an extra room.
I had these bespoke mirrors made to add a contrasting distressed look and to reflect the light to its maximum capacity to fill a big room with soft lighting in the evening, and natural day light during the day. You can get these mirrors made by a company called Dominic Schuster in London. Check out their website at www.dominic-schuster.com.
The distresses element adds a darker colour so that they bounce the light from the lamps in a softer way. Using lighting and mirrors together is a wonderful way to really brighten up a room in the most eye-catching way possible.
Adding table lamps behind sofas adds the soft light is immediately over your shoulder as you sit down. It will illuminate the seating area and highlight the main part of the room. They are controlled by the main light switch on the wall by the door, this is to ensure they come on in the most convenient way possible. The benefit of this lighting is that it will create ambience for dinner guests when you have them round in the evening, keep the lighting soft and welcoming and create a relaxing atmosphere.
The sofas aren’t against the wall so the lamps plug into some sockets placed in the floor and they are controlled by the main light switch on the wall as you enter the room to ensure the easiest way of switching them on. There are also down lighters in the ceiling with a dimmer switch for extra lighting or you can use the table lamps on their own. The down lighters create very bright lighting for during the evening if you need to see clearly, or again, for more ambient lighting you can dim them.
Mirrors really make all the use of any natural or artificial lighting available. They can really add a different dimension to a room. The can make a room seem so much more open. The more opulent the mirror the more glamorous the effect. A fancy frame can jazz a room up and a natural wooden framed mirror can add warmth by incorporating natural materials. They can all bounce the light around the room enhancing the colour and beauty of a room.
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