However, the wonderful atmosphere of an older house can be lost, particularly if the wrong Lighting is used. Here’s a useful guide, detailing how to choose the right lighting, and which light fittings work best in different period settings.
Lighting for Barn Conversions or Period Homes – Some Tips
- Lamps in dark corners. Rooms in older properties often have smaller dimensions, which can make the room feel noticeably darker than a larger, airier space. However, you can use this to your advantage by placing a floor or desk lamp in the corner, which creates a warm, inviting glow.
- Complement wood. Barn conversions in particular will often feature plenty of wood décor; and beams, wall panels and wooden fireplaces are commonplace in period houses. Wood is a beautiful material, but can make a room feel dingy, particularly if it’s a naturally darker wood, like mahogany. Use light sconces to brighten your walls, and larger fittings, such as chandeliers, to bring light to larger areas. This impressive chandelier is ideal for décor that features wood or stone.
- Highlight original features. If you’re fortunate enough to have period features in your home, use lighting to showcase them. A medieval-style light complements beams and exposed stone-work perfectly, and wall-mounted torch-lights act as an elegant frame when placed either side of an imposing fireplace.
- Stick to a theme. You don’t necessarily need to select lighting that matches the date of your property. However, if you have a theme running through the rest of your décor, it is a good idea to ensure your lights blend with it seamlessly. For example, if your décor is more contemporary, create an old-meets-new effect with this modern take on a chandelie However, if your existing interior is inspired by Victorian gothic, don’t introduce a 1960s-style light – it will look completely out of place!
- Choose statement pieces. Barn conversions often feature large, open-plan spaces; and period properties may have huge stairwells or high ceilings. If you’re lucky enough to have either of these, choose a statement light to emphasise the feature. Smaller lights will simply get lost in the space, and are unlikely to produce the level of light required.
Choosing the Right Style of Lighting
If you’re currently having a Barn renovated, or you’re giving your older property a design overhaul, then getting the lighting right is likely to be a high priority. When thinking about décor, look at the features of your property.
For example, exposed stone walls are well suited to medieval or wrought iron lighting. Natural wood works well with lighter metal materials, such as the Bickleigh chandelier. Rustic farmhouses are ideal for cosy lamps and wall sconces, and Victorian period properties are complemented by elegant light fittings, such as this wrought iron torch light.
Tuscanor Lighting – Ideal for Period Properties
Whether you’ve got a stunning barn conversion in Devon or an elegant period house in Scotland, it’s important to get the right lighting to show off your home in the best possible light. To explore our range of traditionally inspired lighting, simply visit the Tuscanor website today.