27 November 2018
Lighting can sometimes take a backseat when it comes to a design project and is generally left until the last minute. We've decided to give you a few tips on staying ahead when it comes to bespoke lighting.
1. Inspiration Boards
Creating inspiration boards can be a huge help in trying to visualize what style of bespoke lighting your're trying to achieve within your project. This can be a great starting point when you begin to collate different designs. it mean you have them all in one place so you can choose the parts that stand out the most to you. A great place to create inspiration boards is Pinterest! it is full different lighting designs and ideas. Checkout our Pinterest profile to see what we mean... https://www.pinterest.co.uk/chantellelight/
2. Knowing the Space
Understanding the space the lights will be placed is very important. We know it maybe common sense but different sized spaces require different sizes of light fittings. For example, if you have a large ceiling space then it is best to have a feature fitting fill the area. Feature lighting can be a real show stopper in a large space and can be the main design feature. On the other hand, if the area is already filled then selecting a variety of small and subtle light fitting can add touches of style and ambience, whilst not taking away from the features already present.
(Project - 126 Colmore Row, Birmingham)
3. Choosing the Finish
When it comes to picking the finish of your lights you need to consider will it work in the surrounding environment? There are many different ways you can go about this. Firstly, if you have a colour theme for your area then having the lighting match this can add a nice continuity throughout the project and helps the lighting blend into the decor. If you're looking for your lights to be one of the main design features then having contrasting finishes can be a great visual effect. The contrast will draw people to the lighting so making it special can really add that wow factor.
(Project - The Florist, Liverpool)
4. Colour Temperature
The colour temperature of the lighting plays a part in creating ambience within a lighting project. Different area will require different colour temperatures. Warm white lighting is the most popular within the hospitality industry because of soft relaxing glow it gives off. This puts customers at easy and is said too boost sales when used in the right places. Cool white is much brighter & vibrant and is used more within office space. This adds good visibility which is vital within a working environment. Both have different uses but can be game changers when they are used in their optimal way.
(Project - The Botanist, Coventry)
Still need a little more inspiration? Our projects page is filled with a variety of different lighting styles, from milk bottle feature fittings to crystal chandeliers... https://www.chantellelighting.co.uk/Projects