In our fast-paced lives of today it’s often easy to ignore or take for granted the details of everyday practicalities. But it is often these details that help us through the day and make a difference to our well-being and mood – it could be said, that our quality of life depends on those very details, and it’s important to remember to embrace them day in, day out.
So, when it comes to the practical elements in our lives, they don’t have to be just that, practical – they can be beautiful too. With that in mind, when it comes to bathrooms, the most sensational interior scheme needs to be complemented by the right accessories such as lighting, shelving, towel rails and sanitary ware. These details can make all the difference between a nice bathroom and an exceptional design that blends seamlessly and adds a certain je ne sais quoi to a day’s events.
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Creating the correct lighting scheme is essential both in terms of practicality and aesthetics, and can dramatically alter the mood and atmosphere of a room. Statement lights, task lighting, lamps, ambient light…there is a plethora of choices. Enlisting the professional advice of an interior designer can be integral to ensuring you have the exact functionality and flexibility you need to achieve a scheme that is effortlessly glamorous.
The starting point when considering lighting should be how each space is affected by natural light and how this changes during the day. A north-facing room has a cold, harsh, indirect light – this is the preferred choice for artists as it gives a truer colour rendition and is more consistent during the day. For east-facing rooms, bright sunlight in the morning can be followed by long shadows. The opposite is true of those that face west — as well as sunlight at midday, which can cause glare. Rooms that face south generally have warm light all day, but this can be very bright, making them the perfect choice for luxury kitchens and living areas.
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