Lighting seems simple – hang a few lamps and you’re done, right?

Wrong! A poorly lit room doesn’t only look unattractive, but it can be absolutely impractical for day-to-day life, too!

With more knowledge of these three simple concepts, you’ll get the balance right every time

Ambient lighting is sometimes also called primary lighting. It’s usually from overhead lights, or maybe balanced with a few wall fixtures too.

This is your ‘work/life’ lighting, that makes the room a comfortable space to live in.

Task lighting adds a little pop of extra functionality wherever you need it – be it your armchair so you can read properly, or right over the sewing machine so you don’t have to squint.

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Kitchens and living spaces need sensible task lighting to be comfortable to use, and it should always be free of glare and not cast awkward shadows.

Accent lighting is more lighthearted

Whether it’s the light showing off the contents of your curio cabinet, or a fascinating lamp you bought on your honeymoon, this is the ‘for fun’ lighting that adds interest.

Each room needs a balance of these three to create a sense of comfort and utility both. Now you know how to properly plan out your lighting, however, it will be simple to get right.