A room by room guide to getting the light right in your home



When you furnish your home, lighting is a crucial element that is often overlooked and left as the last step to complete the choice of furniture. Actually, the right light allows us to create a harmonious environment andenhance the structural elements and the precious details of our home. Furthermore, let us not forget that the quality of light affects the well-being and the correct performance of our activities. The choice of the type of lamp obviously varies according to the environment we intend to furnish: A diffused light envelops the room and gives an overall view, a functional light is used to carry out home activities, and finally, a more intense light, helpshighlight design objects.




THE KITCHEN: The first point to face is the position of the windows and, therefore, of the natural light to understand which areas of the kitchen need a more intense light source. It then continues with the positioning of the lights at the work points such as the dedicated cooking tops or the cutting of the dishes. In this case, the directional spotlights are the best way to direct the light to the position we need most. Above the dining table or counter, the ideal would be to use a suspension lamp to illuminate the dishes and diners uniformly. Attention to the height of the ceiling is necessary, and a suspended ceiling lamp is better if the latter is very low.


THE LIVING ROOM: The living room is an environment where different activities are carried out, from relaxation, to work, to entertainment for guests. The best solution is to provide lighting on multiple levels, starting with general background light. For example, we can use wall lamps and then insert other more targeted lights to highlight specific areas such as a design object, a bookcase, or a wall with paintings. Behind the sofa, we recommend a lamp with modular light so that you can adjust the intensity from time to time according to need. On the dining table, you can use a chandelier or a suspension lamp that amazes guests and gives a first impression of your home's style.


THE BATHROOM: The bathroom is a so-called service environment and is particularly tricky to illuminate. This is because the lights must be functional, but at the same time, we must not forget that it is the place where we relax and take care of ourselves. It should not be excessively or minimally illuminated so as not to create an environment that is too inhospitable or too dark to perform all functions optimally. The general lighting will be obtained with ceiling lights that create a diffused and uniform light effect. Then, proceed with the insertion of direct light for the shower or tub, the sink and, above all , the mirror.  Remember to arrange light sources all around the mirror to ensure that they do not create areas of shadow and illuminate the entire face. A colour temperature between 3000k and 4000k is ideal as it does not alter the colour of the skin.


THE BEDROOM: The bedroom is a space where you can create the perfect atmosphere to rest and relax. Lighting the room in the right way allows us to create a place for daytime relaxation and, therefore, benefit from this environment at other times of the day. The lighting in the bedroom should be as uniform as possible, so a chandelier would be ideal. Floor or wall lamps with soft and restful light are suitable for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Finally, you cannot miss a reading light and a bedside light with a flexible arm and an opaque diffuser so as not to disturb the partner or a more modern suspension light that descends from the ceiling towards the bed.

THE GARDEN: Garden lighting has mainly two functions: enhancing its appearance and making outdoor space liveable during the evening hours. First of all, we must decide the key point of the garden that we want to highlight. It could be a fountain, a bench, a flower bed or a particularly interesting piece of furniture. In addition to the aesthetic component, the safety aspect must also be considered. Proper lighting must also indicate driveways, stairways and the threshold of the entrance door to reduce the risk of stumbling and to live in safety in all areas of the garden.




GERVASONI BRASS 95: This suspension lamp in hammered matt brass with original lines and design is very well suited to both the dining area, the living room and relaxation areas. Its important dimensions furnish the entire room and give a strong personality to the environment. Designer: Paola Navone.


 Brass Lamp 95 by Gervasoni


ARTEMIDE EMPATIA: The grand tradition of Venetian blown glass and Artemide’s LED technology led to the birth of the Empatia lamp. Transparency and opacity are wisely dosed to obtain a glass that diffuses light without dazzling. The workmanship, mostly artisanal, makes Empatia a unique piece. Designers: Carlotta de Bevilacqua and Paola di Arianello.


Empatia Lamp by Artemide


BROKIS MUFFINS: The peculiarity of  lamps is the games between the soft curves of glass, solid wood, chiselled design and masterfully executed workmanship. Their particular shape gives life to every space, and the blown glass of the lampshade placed on the hand-worked wooden pedestal creates a pleasant contrast of materials. The Muffins collection is made up of many variations of shapes and sizes and a vast choice of glass colours and wood types. Designers: Lucie Koldová and Dan Yeffet.


Muffins Lamps by Brokis