Use layered lighting
Layer your lighting so that you can adjust lighting for areas of the room and times of the day. It’s always better to be able add or remove light as the natural light diminishes
Use light to create focal points
Light can focus your attention on a room feature such as an alcove or fireplace. It can add elegance and charm. It can also be used to deflect attention from a difficult area such as an unused doorway.
Consider low cost, low power, LED lighting
Not only are LED lights flexible but they are green and eco-friendly. LEDs can easily provide under lighting, or hidden lighting. These new flexible lighting systems are very good at warming a room and adding a luxury tone.
Avoid buying cheap LED lights
The higher grade of LED bulb will provide a colour closer to regular tungsten lights. Lower quality LEDs simply do not have the colour range and offer a poor colour rendering (often distorting red shades). Choose LED lights which have a high CRI (Colour Rendition Index) of at least 90 whenever possible.
Avoid Downlight mania
Downlighting when used sensitively can make a room appear larger and more open. However, if downlights are used in excess then there is a real risk that the light can appear crude and unflattering. If they are poorly positioned then they can close a room down and draw the focal point of the room towards the centre.