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Creating the Illusion of Space With Lighting

Creating the Illusion of Space With Lighting


If a room in your home isn’t blessed with space, you can create space by simply using light. Effectively distributing light will make a bright environment, and in turn, create the impression of space. This is because the equally distributed light eliminates shadows.

Combining Lights for a Layering Effect

Professional lighting designers often use a technique called layering to equally distribute light. The technique involves using multiple sources of lighting to get the desired effect. For example, in the kitchen, you would use downlights, pendant lights and undercabinet lights.


White walls are best if you’re looking to create space. This is because white enhances reflectivity, so it absorbs the least amount of light. If you’re not too keen on plain white walls, you can opt for pale blue or pale green walls for a similar effect. For small rooms, you should avoid dark colours, such as the dark blue colour which has been a big interior trend in the last few months.

Shiny Surfaces

Glossy floors will make light bounce off them, adding a brightness which can improve the space of a room. Generally, you should avoid carpet in small rooms as it will absorb light. You should even avoid rugs if you are concerned about a room being cramped.


Mirrors are ideal for creating space, particularly in hallways which are especially narrow. You can place mirrors on opposite walls or at a 90-degree angle to bounce the light around the room. A portrait orientation will give the impression that the ceiling is higher, as the eye will be drawn upwards.

Strategically Placed Lamps

Placing lamps strategically across a room will brighten dark spots and corners. This is particularly effective during winter months.


You should avoid most types of accent lighting in a small room, but one type of accent lighting is effective – backlighting. This involves fixing a light source behind an object to create the illusion of depth. This could be in alcoves, under cabinets, behind screens and underneath a piece of furniture.


LEDs are best for creating space. This is because they offer the most precise distribution of light, rather than spreading it. They will also maintain their level of brightness throughout their lifespan, unlike other types of bulbs which will fade over time.

If you are not sure which type of LED lighting is best for your small room, or you want advice on choosing lighting, give our friendly team a call on 0151 548 2705

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