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.
Think of the word “gold” and images of glamour, luxury and opulence spring to mind – usually in the form of personal accessories such as jewellery, or possibly the odd item hanging in your wardrobe. Most people aren't afraid of wearing a little bit of this precious metal, but does this confidence translate to using the colour in their home? The simple answer is no, or at least not intentionally — there may be the odd gilt-framed mirror or trim on a lampshade, but using it deliberately and successfully requires confidence and decorating know-how.
Interior designer René Dekker believes there is never a wrong time to introduce gold to a scheme. And used correctly it can, and should be, a timeless classic.