Making Good Use of Lighting in Your Space

No matter what your space is. It could be your home office, den, living room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or work office. The number one thing to making a room as productive as possible is to make sure the light sources are of good quality and properly placed to make the most of the lighting in your favourite room. These are the rules to follow when making good use of your light sources. 

A good rule of thumb is to make sure only twenty per cent of the lighting should be in the form of a free stand or wall mount (ie; wall sconces, table lamp,  swing arm wall mount, etc.) eighty per cent of the lights in a room should be overhead. 


Think about the size of the light source. Can your room hold a larger piece of lighting? The piece of lighting could be a beautiful chandelier, a big floor lamp, a huge pendant, or a sizeable lantern. Just one large light source in a room can make for a substantial difference in what is highlighted in that specific space. The larger magnitude light sources are great for dining rooms and lounge rooms.


Dimmers are great additions to lighting in certain rooms. A dimmer can be used to keep the room bright during times when it is necessary to see things in more detail. For example, reading crocheting or doing paperwork requires more light. A dimmer also can be used to do as the name says dim the light in the room. This can be a great addition if there are children in the house or even just to dim the lights before bedtime to give yourself time to relax. 

Things Always Come in Threes

To ensure a room is lit up well there should always be at least three different types of lighting in a room. As mentioned previously there is the 80/20 rule, but the three rule is a little more specific than that one. So the three rule is that light should be general, specific, and ambient. General lighting is overhead lighting such as pendants. Specific lighting pinpoints a specific area such as a table lamp. Ambient lighting is more for decoration such as a wall sconce.

Lamp Shades are Important

While choose table lamps and other sources of light that uses shades do not take the shade itself for granted. The lampshade plays an important role in the way the light is cast throughout the room. For example, white shades let more light through and coloured shades do not. The tone of the room can also be set with the lampshade (put into consideration the colour of the room also) a light coloured shade puts off a colder tone whereas, a darker coloured shade puts off a warmer tone. 

Don’t Forget the Closets

I will never forget mine and my husbands first rental house. It was perfect for us, but there were things about that house that I promised if I ever built a house it would have. For instance, plugs ins would be on every wall, several plugins in fact and lights would be everywhere. 

There was one light in each room or section of the room and that was it. The corners of the kitchen were so dark it was scary to chop veggies and none of the closets had a light. This lead to me putting flashlights in every closet so I would be able to see. When thinking of lights in your house don’t leave out the closets you will be thankful for it later. 

Contact Experts!

Lighting can be such a task that trying to accomplish it may almost seem impossible. Don’t fret about it and just give Alexander Pollock interior designer a call to help you make good use of lighting your space. If you need help recreating interior in your own home or you need Commercial interior design MelbourneHospitality interior design Melbourne then it is best to give Alexander Pollock Interior Design a call. We can help you achieve the best interior look for any room or office.