These Lighting Tricks Can Make Any Room Feel Bright and Happy

A few small changes can make a serious difference.

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Think of scale: large lights don’t always need a large space. The oversized pendant by Patricia Urquiola in this kitchen reframes the area from a functional space to a beautiful one, and adds a touch of glamour.  – Photo credit: Paul Dixon

By using an LED strip behind the mirror in this bathroom a soft glow is created. It works well with the timber surround adding warmth to the space.  – Photo credit: Tom Sullam

Look at the interior architecture of a space for inspiration. These filament bulbs are placed on the structure of the wooden panelling drawing your eye to the ceiling and creating a design feature. Find flush mounted bulbs at Restoration Hardware. – Photo credit: Tom Sullam

Create pattern with your light. Dabs of light are cast on the wall around this pendant adding a pattern of dappled light to the walls. – Photo credit: Reeva Misra

Choosing a glass droplet chandelier like this adds a sculptural element as even when the light source is switched off the glass catches the sunlight. Find large chandeliers at Timothy Oulton. – Photo credit: Mel Yates

Use several sources of lighting in one spot. As shown in this study area, using wall-mounted sconces above the desk adds task lighting with a table lamp to use in tandem or on its own. Sconces by David Weeks Studio, table lamp from 1st Dibs. – Photo credit: Mel Yates

Use lighting to delineate a space. These seating areas are framed by lighting with one armchair between two floor lamps and the seating area in the bay window behind defined by the low hanging pendant.

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