Style session: How to modernise your lighting

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It might surprise you to know that the one design element that has the most impact on how your home looks and feels is lighting. And yet, it’s also one of the most overlooked, and one that people often get wrong.

Follow our 5 fail-safe rules to get your lighting right
1. Keep it simple.
Decluttering is much more than a fad, it’s also a great concept to apply to your lighting. You should create a sense of simplicity in your home and choose designs that are sleek, functional and cohesive. Oversized lighting pieces work beautifully as a standout feature, so avoid the urge to add other large elements that will create a sense of clutter.

2. Choose the right colour temperature
Having the wrong colour temperature in a space can radically alter any room’s personality. Remember, you want to create a warm, relaxing environment in your home, which is why you should choose warm light in areas where you want to relax and feel comfortable. Warm light in the early morning can also be comforting and help ease us into the day.

Use cool lighting in task areas, or spaces where you want to feel energized such as the kitchen or laundry.

3. Install smart lighting
When you make the switch to smart lighting, you’ll see why so many people absolutely love it! With Google Home or Alexa Assistant, you have complete control of all your lights from your smart device or voice activation. Change the temperature of your globes from warm to cool to immediately change the ambience of the room. As with any new technology, there’s a lot of information out there which can be confusing to navigate. As the home of smart lighting, Beacon has everything you need to help you automate your lighting.

4. Layer your lighting
There’s nothing more off-putting than walking into a home filled with rows and rows of downlights, and over lighting can actually give a space a cold, sterile feel. The contemporary home should incorporate a mix of lighting such as pendants, downlights, wall lights, lamps and one or two statement pieces that allow you to create contrasting shadows and highlights.

5. Get a good lighting plan
Lighting is about more than choosing styles or colours you like, it’s also important to get the placement on point. If you’re planning a makeover or renovation, getting a good lighting design plan will be a lifesaver as it will save you a lot of stress, time and money – and elevate the style in every room.

Our lighting consultants can design a perfect lighting plan for you in-store free of charge or visit you at home for only $100, which is fully redeemable upon your next Beacon Lighting purchase. It’s an easy, affordable way to have your home styled by the experts!

Get your lighting right by shopping with Australia’s lighting specialists in-store or online.

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