Differing illumination the best way to light up a space

A combination of different lighting is the best way to illuminate a space, according to the British Interior Design Association (Bida).

Dean Keyworth, former chairman of the organisation, explains that a variety of lighting arrangements can serve to make a small space seem larger.

For example, conservatories with features such as a sky light can benefit from a great deal of natural light, serving to make the area feel roomy and bright.

He adds that task lighting – such as lamps – can help with chores like close-up working and reading, while ambient luminosity is used to light up a room so that people can see, as well as to create atmosphere.

"The main thing in any room is the different levels of light – a mixture of lamps on low tables, wall lights and ceiling lights," Mr Keyworth concludes.

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