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Home & Garden 5 lighting tricks to adopt in your home during lockdown

17:40  24 april  2020
17:40  24 april  2020 Source:   housebeautiful.co.uk

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a living room filled with furniture and a large window: The perfect lighting can transform your space. These are the tips to help brighten up your spaces at home during lockdown. © Carolyn Barber The perfect lighting can transform your space. These are the tips to help brighten up your spaces at home during lockdown. Over the past few weeks our homes have become makeshift offices, classrooms for children, and places of refuge during this new 'normal'. Whatever rooms you use the most, it's important to ensure they are practical, functional and well-lit.

Lighting is key to keeping your mood and productivity levels high, and helping you relax and switch-off when you need to.

To help brighten up your spaces at home during lockdown, Matthew Currington, Technical Director at The Lighting Superstore, shares the following simple lighting tricks.

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  5 lighting tricks to adopt in your home during lockdown © Getty

1. Ensure your work space has plenty of light

Done right, lighting can help to boost your motivation levels. In fact, a previous study found a strong link between lighting and productivity, showing that people work better in bright spaces.

With many of us navigating agile working, it's vital we create environments that help us to work smarter and more efficiently. Ideally, a desk light placed beside your computer is the ideal situation to creating a brighter office zone. If this isn't possible for you, try working close to a large window.

a chair in a room: Get the look at Garden Trading © Garden Trading Get the look at Garden Trading 'When choosing which style, select a lamp that has an adjustable stem and head, together with a dimmer switch so you can be in control of your lighting levels throughout the day,' suggests Matthew. 

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It's also important to have a working space that you can leave behind at the end of the day, so try to create a dedicated and comfortable workspace which you can leave when you're off the clock. This will help to keep your work life and personal life separate.

2. Mood-boosting lighting

As well as providing function, lighting also has the ability to boost our moods, too. Whether you're teaching children at the kitchen table or going through emails in your study, consider which areas need lighting.

  5 lighting tricks to adopt in your home during lockdown © Getty 'Think about what activities you will be doing in each room and when. For instance, in the morning, brighter lights will set a cheerful mood and encourage activity and alertness. Look to install pendant ceiling lights in the kitchen or where most of your daytime activity will take place,' says Matthew.

3. Add mirrors to help illuminate your space

Want to instantly brighten your space without the use of electricity? Opt for mirrors, which increase the amount of natural light cast into the room. Hang mirrors on the wall adjacent to the window or, alternatively, simply rest them against a side table. They're brilliant quick wins that will double the amount of light coming into your room.

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a bedroom with a large mirror: Shop the look at Habitat © Habitat Shop the look at Habitat Matthew also suggests: 'Take it one step further and opt for décor with mirrored surfaces to maximise the amount of natural light in your space.' 

4. Control the lighting in your bedroom

Often, when spending longer periods of time at home, our sleeping patterns can become somewhat disrupted. As the lines between work, play and family life blur together, it can be harder to switch off at night — especially if we're heading to bed later than usual.

a large white bed sitting in a living room: Ripple Blue pleated blinds, from the House Beautiful collection at Hillarys © Polly Wreford Ripple Blue pleated blinds, from the House Beautiful collection at Hillarys Michael suggests making sure your bedroom space blocks any external light: 'Use blackout curtains or blinds to block light getting through your window. Or you can look to add Velcro strips on either side of the window to hold the curtain against the wall, preventing any light coming through.' 

After all, once another busy day juggling work and family is complete, there is nothing better than nodding off deeply in an undisturbed sleep.

5. Create zones where you can fully relax

While we might not be using our extra time at home to do all those things we wanted to do (finish DIY tasks, write a novel or master an instrument), giving ourselves some much-needed 'me time' will help bring calm to this chaos.

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a large white bed sitting next to a window: Warm festoon lights, £36.99, Lights 4 Fun © Lights4Fun Warm festoon lights, £36.99, Lights 4 Fun Creating quiet zones in your home where you can relax is a great way to unwind at the end of a long day — especially if you are finding yourself feeling more anxious than usual.

Lighting, such as dimmer lights, can help to achieve an unwinding space of relaxation. Another quick win is to hang some fairy or festoon lights around the room where you intend to relax. Turn all other brighter lights off, grab a book and while away the evening. 

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