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Shedding light on the situation.

Layer upon layer of beautiful lighting fixtures that will show your project off in the best... you guessed it, light!

5 minute read

Lighting, the icing on top of a great design, and like icing it can be responsible for the making or breaking of it.

Great lighting has the ability to highlight a masterpiece, diminish a dark corner, or simply make life easier. Then there is a deeper level of impact, lighting helps to evoke an atmosphere, it can change how people feel within a space. Cue the buzzword, wellbeing, whether it's physical and having enough task lighting to see what you're doing without damaging your eyesight, to creating an environment that matches ones emotional needs with a cocooning glow, lighting and a sense of wellbeing go hand in hand.

So, whatever your next lighting scheme needs to accomplish, we all know the best way to achieve it is through layering. Here's our rundown of some of the best ambient, accent and task lighting available right now.

Ambient

This restaurant designed by Alexander & CO. for Park House Sydney epitomises great ambient lighting.
This restaurant designed by Alexander & CO. for Park House Sydney epitomises great ambient lighting.

Daylight provides the best form of lighting but when there is limited natural light available, good ambient lighting provides a full coverage base layer. Whilst not ideal on its own, providing limited definition to the design details, it makes a space functional and safe to use. It's also the foundation for the mood of a room- based on the temperature of illumination and the way it's delivered through pendants, chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, or a mix of all three changes the way a space is perceived.

Accent

The layered approach adopted by Rachel Usher interior Design Studio, from accent to ambient.
The layered approach adopted by Rachel Usher interior Design Studio, from accent to ambient.

The double take, accent lighting draws the eye in and showcases the thoughtfully considered design details of the scheme. Wall lights that frame a painting, downlights that highlight a finish on a kitchen island, through to recessed shadow gap lighting to cast light on an architectural feature, this layer provides the personality to a scheme.

Task

Great task lighting, in a Little Venice project by Shanade McAllister-Fisher Interior Design.
Stunning example of task lighting in hospitality by Boxx Creative on a recent hotel project in Italy.
Great task lighting, in a Little Venice project by Shanade McAllister-Fisher Interior Design.
Stunning example of task lighting in hospitality by Boxx Creative on a recent hotel project in Italy.

Arguably the hardest working layer of the lighting family, these strategically positioned floor lamps, desk lamps and pendants, create specific zones in a space enabling very specific behaviours to occur. Of course just because these lights have a particular job to do, such as keeping one's fingers intact in a kitchen through to preventing one's eyes from squinting when reading, doesn't mean they need to look any less beautiful.

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