Lighting for the Exterior

Lighting for the Exterior

Not strictly speaking (or actually in any way at all) interior design…however, I get asked a lot of questions about lighting for exteriors / gardens – particularly where the inside space opens out on to the garden. Clients are often looking for a flow and don’t want their newly refurbished interior to be spoilt by the exterior. I am not a garden designer – and I can definitely not advise on planting – but I do believe that you if you are looking to create an additional room or space in the exterior then you can apply similar rules as to lighting your interior. I stand by ready to be corrected by all the garden designers out there… One very important difference is, of course, that all lights need to be fit for purpose – so make sure they are specifically for exterior use (check their IP rating or ask your electrician). Secondly, there are (potentially) more trip hazards outside so make sure that if you are using lighting on steps or the edge of patios that you are lighting the way – as opposed to blinding the person trying to navigate the area – just think about the direction that the light is facing and how bright it is (avoid lights that point up straight into your eyes)! In terms of similarities to interior lighting I would always advise on different layers of lighting. Firstly, task lighting i.e. to guide your way down a path or up stairs, or perhaps security lighting to come on if any movement is detected. You may wish to have a light on...
Entrance Hall Design

Entrance Hall Design

First impressions count. The front door and entrance hall beyond set the tone for your home – but it is also a chance to be bold with pattern and colour. The entrance hall is where you welcome visitors into your house – but it should also be a clear signal to you that you are HOME…and able to relax! This space provides a great opportunity to be a bit braver with colour and pattern as an entrance hall is a transition space. You don’t tend to ‘hang out’ in the hallway but rather move through it – this means that you CAN be bolder with pattern as you will not be sitting and staring at it (as you would say in the living room). Of course my partying days are long past so it might be that parties do still involve people hanging out on the stairs – but then a bit of bold pattern and colour at a party is no bad thing. An entrance hall needs to work quite hard too. No matter what its size – entrance hall design is key. Think about how you will use the space and what will keep it as welcoming as possible – but also functional for you and your family. Functional means storage – for shoes, coats, work & school bags. If storage can allow ‘stuff’ to be hidden away so you don’t see all the clutter then this is ideal – it makes for a much more relaxing return home (rather than picking your way through the debris of dumped school bags and shoes with stress levels rising)....