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LIGHTING CAN BE ONE OF MOST OVERLOOKED, YET IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF GOOD INTERIOR DESIGN. STEVE HILLS EXPLAINS HOW THE AESTHETIC APPEAL CAN SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE THE AMBIENCE AND MOOD OF YOUR LIVING SPACE

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or years now the kitchen has been the key social room in a modern home being used for food preparation, eating with friends, parties, the children’s homework, informal supper party’s the list goes on. As this room has to be so versatile, it is important to set the appropriate scene for each function. Whether your kitchen is modern or traditional this can be done very effectively with lighting.

Photography: Courtesy of Steve Hills

It is so important in the kitchen to achieve a good working light but at the same time be able to dim the lights for a supper party or even change the colour to create a snug feel on a winters evening or a cool look on a barmy summers evening. Lighting can also be divided into several categories, for example it is very effective to have feature lighting either over a table or an island but often task lighting needs to be as discrete as possible as you only want to enjoy the benefit of the light not see all the fittings. With the advent of modern LED lighting there are three benefits, they are small and discrete, available in a huge range of styles and functions and finally an infinite number of different colours. This means we can even put lighting in areas previously out of bounds for example inside your cupboards and drawers making it a pleasure to use and making everything clearly visible.

when planning to ensure that the appropriate lighting is controlled from an area where you would be performing functions requiring that specific set of lights. Cupboard and drawer lights can be effectively controlled with motion sensor switches. Plinth, task & mood lighting can now all be controlled remotely from an app on your phone saving the need to even move from your comfy seat or leaving the conversation with your guests. At Steve Hills Design we always prepare written lighting and electrical specifications for all our kitchen, bedroom and bathroom projects. We do this through discussion and advising our clients; recognising how important it is to get it right we don’t charge for this feature, but treat it as just another important part of the design process.

Equally important to the light fittings is the way they are switched and the position of the switching; this needs careful consideration

For more information, call 07812 389 869, email steve@stevehillsdesign.co.uk or visit stevehillsdesign.co.uk

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