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Lighting at home | Tips from an interior designer and stylist

Lighting at home | Tips from an interior designer and stylist

Today we get tips from the interior designer and stylist Åsa Gramén, who runs her company KYD (Killingyourdarlings) where she do various projects, from styling homes, stores and public environments to lecturing in interior design.

The autumn is here and it’s extra important to light up our home. With the right lighting, the coming dark months just feel cozy and we can, with good conscience, stay in our homes. But how should you decorate your home with light? Here are some tips you can start with.

As an educated and active interior designer and stylist, I always give my clients the knowledge of how important it is to light their home in the best possible way! For us here in Sweden, it is precisely the darkness in the coming winter months that we must live with. Then, thanks to light sources inside, you can create a warm and cozy atmosphere that makes us feel better, because precisely the light increases our well-being! There are so many nice lamps in different styles on the market so look into its range and turn the darkness into something positive. Always start with the function / lighting before choosing which design the lamp should have and not the other way around.

The right light not only helps us to become more vibrant, it can also change the experience of the whole room and its interior. It is about planning the lighting and making it part of the room and the interior.

My tip is to start with three different lighting settings;


General lighting is the lighting that spreads the light to give the room as even and good lighting as possible, examples are ceiling lights, ceilings and uplights. Many also call this lighting a “clean light”. For example, when we are cleaning or doing a chore, good general lighting is important. It can also be floor / wall lamps that send the light up to the white ceiling and from there spread the light to the room. Such lamps are called uplights or upright luminaires. Other lamp systems, such as rails and wire systems, can also contribute to the general lighting in the room.

It is important to take advantage of the daylight, strengthen and extend it as much as we can. When planning one’s lighting, one assumes the natural light and how we can best replace it with artificial light.

FUNCTION LIGHT / spotlighting

Functional lighting is also called spot lighting, working lighting or directional lighting and directs the light to a specific surface. Examples of such lighting are work lamps, reading lamps and spotlights. The main thing is that the lighting feels comfortable and that its function gets the right lumen (Light flow) so you do not strain your eyes. Directional lighting is recommended as working lighting, where you can angle the lamp where you want the light. Or you hang a ceiling light directly over the desk which then spreads a good light downwards where the eyes should look. Also spot lighting on ex paintings creates a nice functional light installation.

Mood light / Soft, indoor lighting

The mood light is most important for creating a cozy well-being as it softens the contrasts formed by reading lamps and spotlights. One tip is to have flexible light with the help of dimmers, appliances used to vary the brightness of lamps.

The larger the room, the more light sources are needed. For a normally large living room, lighting experts recommend six to eight lamps.

I hope you got some more knowledge about lighting and that you will decorate the autumn with nice light sources that heat your homes!

With Sun and Happiness to / Åsa Gramén, KYD.

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