If you’ve taken the plunge and are planning a loft conversion, it’s an exciting time. But with any decisions about home design comes an array of choices to make. From the types of loft available to deciding on its purpose, it’s vital to consider how lighting will help make the best use of the space so that any electrics can be factored into your plans early.
Let’s take a look at lighting solutions to consider for your new loft.
The planning stages are crucial to nailing the right design for your loft conversion. Whether having a dormer, hip-to-gable or gable to gable conversion, choosing the right windows for your spaces is essential for the resulting feel and privacy of a room, as well as how much natural light you want to enter. This is the easiest way to illuminate your new space, and you can opt for different designs such as large floor to ceiling windows on a gable end or smaller skylights which enhance airflow and deliver stunning views of the sky above. Check which direction your windows will be facing to maximise the sun during the day.
Windows can be great for brightening your loft in the day, but in the evenings or when you want to create an ambience, the right type of artificial lighting fixtures will need to be selected. From hanging lightbulbs to contemporary spotlights, it’s possible to control where light falls in your room. Your decision can also depend on the purpose of the room. If using your loft as a home office, for example, requiring more light, you may opt for multiple spotlights (also called downlights) across your ceiling to illuminate the area. These have the advantage of taking up minimal space and are ideal for sloped roofs. However, if your loft will be used as a living space such as a den or bedroom, you may like to choose a traditional light fixture and get electrical sockets installed where your bedside tables would be, for example.
Creating the Right Look
It’s important to design a loft which isn’t just practical but is aesthetically stunning too. This means thinking about the style of your lighting features. Long gone are the days when you had no choice but to have a hanging lightbulb and a lampshade. While this is still a popular option, you can also select more decorative designs too, creating anything from a feeling of grandeur to styles which fit in with the period of your home. You can even choose dimmer switches for creating the right mood in the room. One point worth considering is the height of your loft space. Low hanging ceiling lights can often take up precious headroom which may reduce the feeling of space in the room. However, there are products made specifically for this reason with flush ceiling light collections available.
Got some ideas?
If you’re considering a loft conversion, speak to one of the designers at Tiger Building Services. We cover Surrey, London and Sussex, including homes in Ewell, Kingston and Raynes Park. Get in touch with our friendly team now for a chat.