See how the patterned window-dressing of this living room is reflected in the glass coffee table.
One of the most accessible ways to capitalise on the amount of natural light in a room is to add reflective elements such as mirrored surfaces and polished metals, as well as high-gloss lacquer and glass. Debra adds, “We love using mirrors to create an illusion of space, it really opens up a room.”
Of course one of the key rules of interior design is contrast, so it’s important not to go overboard with these finishes. In this project the reflective glass coffee table and flatscreen television have been paired with matt textiles and more subtle metallic elements; gold threads within the rug pick up light from the window, warm bronze lamps have been used, as well as a textured wallcovering.
Take light into consideration even when choosing accessories - this glassware trio with different levels of opacity creates a playful effect.
For rooms with less natural light - especially long spaces - it’s important to supplement natural light with ambient lighting, which will be welcoming and practical both day and night. “Rooms with limited natural light need to be carefully planned, we love to layer light from mood-setting lamps to more direct task lighting,” says Debra. Ceiling lights, standing and floor lamps can all be used to support natural light.
Illuminated shelving is also increasingly popular in luxury interior design, and can transform one of the darkest corners of the home into an elegant statement. “Shelf lighting on a separate circuit can not only create mood and interest by lighting selected objects, but also adds a different type of light to the room,” she adds.
Made with concealed LED strip lighting, speak to your interior designer about creating a bespoke shelving system which will fit your space as well as meeting all of your storage needs.