SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 122
LIGHTING DOES MORE THAN LIVEN UP
YOUR LIVING SPACE - IT ENHANCES THE
COLOURS AND HIGHLIGHTS IN A ROOM
on't put off decisions
over lighting when
doing major renovations
- plan what you're going
to do as early as you can.
That's the advice of guest editor
Sarah Beeny: 'If you're redoing the
lighting in an existing room, make
a scale drawing showing natural
light sources and fittings such as
fireplaces and doors.
'Then think hard about how you
want to use the space. Will you be
reading or watching television,
socialising or working there? Is the
room used mostly during daylight
or at night? Where will you sit and
where are the entry points and high
traffic areas in the room? Are there
any specific artworks or pieces of
furniture you want to highlight?'
She continues: 'After that you can
get down to designing the kind
of lighting you want. Think about the
level of diffuse background light that
will make the space comfortable.
'Plan accent lighting to create areas
of focus and shade; find lighting
without glare for close work areas and
reading, and spotlighting for features.
'Mark the lighting with directional
arrows on the plan to create an
interplay between darker and lighter
areas, with the lighting sources
placed at different heights to give
added interest. Then carefully plan
where the switches will be fitted
- definitely near the door, but perhaps
also where you sit and read.'
122 | MAY 2017