Lighting your open plan home is a very different ballgame to lighting a more traditional house.
In an open plan home, you need to think carefully about how you plan to light the space. This is because there are limited walls, so less places to put light fixtures. Also there’s less opportunity to bounce light around the room. Below is some helpful advice from a lighting design company to help you plan your indoor lighting effectively.
The best thing to do is visualise where the walls would be if you had them. Then you can section off each area and treat them as unique spaces. It would be wise to layer the lighting. By doing this, you can manipulate each space to suit the unique vibe in each. For example, in the living area, you may want it to have a cosy feel. A snuggle up and watch movies sort of vibe! Many people opt for floor and table lamps in the living area because it’s quite warm and inviting.
In the kitchen, on the other hand, you may want it to be light and bright. This means you can see what you’re doing when preparing food. Cabinet lighting is great for this as it shines down from above onto your work surfaces. Pendant lights are a fantastic option for the dining area. They look beautiful hanging over the centre of a table or island. Pendants also allow you to make quite a distinct divide between the sections.
There are lots of options when it comes to lighting your home and it can feel like quite an overwhelming project at times. The best thing you can do is determine how you plan to use each space and light it up accordingly. Don’t be afraid to seek professional advice should you need it, because this will take some of the pressure off and allow you to focus on other aspects of your home.