It can be a little daunting when considering lighting options, but the first and most encouraging thing to know is that there are no set rules. Everyone has a different idea about what type of light scheme would suit them – some want pockets of light for a homely feel, others a bright and airy look. Essentially it’s all about balance. Here are our top lighting tips by luxury interior designer René Dekker, and some trade secrets, to help you get it right and create fabulous lighting schemes for that perfect look.
There is an ancient philosophy with colour at its core that has lasted the test of time. Some might scoff at the idea, although it seemed to work for the Egyptians and Indians, of colour containing healing powers. But chromo therapy (the effect of colour on health and behaviour) is very much used in environmental design today. But it takes a particular skill to coordinate a monochromatic scheme that doesn’t look disastrously dated or worse, devastatingly dreary.