Lighten Up: Lighting in Interior Design

Lighting is not only a practical necessity in interiors, it can also be decorative, enhance colour, create the illusion of space and add warmth and depth to a room. Lighting is a fantastic way to create ambience, as it can completely change the mood of a room and it allows you to seamlessly combine functionality and style in your interior design.

When designing a project, we like to create layers of lighting, as we do with colours and textures; there are lots of things to consider when deciding how to light a room. In this blog, we share some of our tips to make sure that you get your lighting spot-on.

Lighting for Functionality

The ultimate purpose of lighting in the interior setting is functionality. In areas such as the kitchen or bathroom, you need practical lighting to help you to perform daily tasks.

  • Chandeliers are often used in hallways and dining rooms both as a stunning centrepiece and also for their excellent luminosity. This makes them perfect for lighting both a feature such as a dining table as well as the whole room.
  • Wall lights are a beautiful feature, often highlighting a textured wallpaper, as well as adding some mood lighting to a room.
  • Accent lighting emphasises a particular feature in a room, such as a painting or a mirror.
  • Spotlights can also be used to draw attention to a specific feature or area of a room, such as architectural elements.

Lighting to Add Drama

Fun and decorative light fixtures are an easy way to inject a bit of vibrancy into a room. Choose lights with bold and bright patterns, colours or intricate designs to create a focal point in your interiors or add decoration. (For more on how to use colour in your home interiors, see our colourful interiors blog.)

Lighting to Enhance Space

In interior design, darker colours are generally used to create depth and make rooms feel cosy and intimate. Ensure that your lights give plenty of luminosity and are strategically placed; this will create the illusion of space in your interiors.

Mood Lighting

Lighting can improve the atmosphere of a room. Ambient lighting tends to illuminate a room evenly. Consider light placement and type, as well as how the light will fuse with natural lighting from windows etc. It is useful to fit central lights with dimmer switches so that you can alter the brightness for different occasions and to have all side lamps on a separate 5 amp circuit. This means that all of the lamps can be switched on from one wall switch as you enter the room – perfect when you are entertaining!

For more information on lighting in interior design, our interior design services or to speak to us about a particular project, please call Inhouse Interior Design on 01625 347100 or email us at We are interior designers in Cheshire and would love to hear from you!

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