How to create the perfect ambience with layered lighting

How to create the perfect ambience with layered lighting

Antique and vintage lighting can bring character into any space. With the help of layered lighting, you can create the perfect ambience for any room. Our Art Deco and Holophane lighting in a neutral setting can provide an elegant and striking statement, or once paired with other lighting elements, can create the ultimate atmosphere. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect ambience with layered lighting.


Using different levels of lighting can create a cosy and warm aesthetic. Start your light layering with the main overhead lighting. Ceiling lights can be a stand-alone focal point or the perfect partner to other lights in the room. Layered lighting comes in many forms, for example, ceiling and wall lights, feature lighting, task lights, floor and table lamps to create a significant layer of light in any room.
The best way to layer your lighting is to use three or four of these lighting elements.

Ambience Lighting

Ambience lighting is used to make up for the lack of daylight in a room. Ceiling mounted and recessed fixtures that direct light downwards, wall sconces and floor lamps that flood the walls and ceiling with light, cove lighting, floor lamps and pendants that cover the walls and ceiling with light. Ambience light provides general light, but it isn’t always the best option for task work or to showcase specific elements in a room.

Task Lighting

Task lighting provides a direct light source for task work, such as reading, or working in rooms such as a study or kitchen or living room. When thinking about task lighting options, think about your space, its use, and if you want to add a focal element to the room, think about the placement to better your choice in lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is most responsible for the overall mood and atmosphere of a room. They’re typically brighter than ambient lights and draw attention to a feature in the room. Perhaps you have a piece of artwork you want to show off, or maybe you have a cosy corner with a reading chair that you want to make a feature.

Are you looking for a statement piece or for some wall lights to finish off the room? We have a lot of antique and vintage lighting that can suit your space. If you have something in mind but what we have isn’t quite right, you can contact us about a consultation for custom antique lighting. So get in touch with us and see how we can help you!

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