More Than a Home

How you light up your living room depends on the mood you wish to create. Intimate, dramatic and spacious moods may be created by using lighting effectively.

Layered light is fairly popular for the living room and is achieved by having multiple light sources which overlap.


A combination of downlights, floor lamps, wall lamps and accent lights works well. The key is to have your accent lights and downlights on dimmers, thereby creating multiple effects or moods by shifting the emphasis.

Downlights placed near a wall will create a dramatic feeling.

Buy dual-purpose furniture. When buying furniture look for items that serve more than one purpose, such as a coffee table with built-in drawers, a side table that functions as a display case for collectibles, or chests and tables with enclosed cabinets.

Find an entertainment centre designed to fit smaller rooms and that will create extra space to store everything from photo albums to electronic equipment. Look for an entertainment centre that fits into a corner.

Multiple drawers and shelves maximise their holding capacity. Use a sleeper couch and chair as perfect multi-use furniture in bedrooms or other living areas of your home or look for a couch made with built-in drawers hidden beneath the seat cushions.

Using a professional helps. In an increasingly do-it-yourself world, homeowners are now taking on more improvement jobs themselves. And while many projects are easy to pull off, some are better left to a professional.

If you’re replacing the flooring in your entire house, have uneven flooring or lots of tricky corners, or simply don’t have the time for a project this involved, bring in a professional to make a quick job of it. Anything above the level of switching out a light fixture should be left to a pro. If you want to have outlets grounded, add lights where there were none previously, fix your electric fireplace or tackle anything that looks complicated or difficult, absolutely hire someone. If you are planning on changing out toilets or tubs, it’s generally best to call someone trained for the job.

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