The best ways to light your home in winter – The Times

L ighting is one of those things we take for granted. You walk into a room, assume you will be able to see what you are doing and leave without giving it another thought. And yet, planned properly, it is one of the most important aspects of interior design.

Just as a good floor will elevate cheap furniture (and cheap flooring will ruin the look of your expensive sofa) so good lighting can disguise a multitude of furniture sins. That is why candlelight is favoured in romantic restaurants because it flatters the skin; good lighting will do the same for your tables and chairs.

It’s not enough, though, to plan your downlights and dimmers, your spots and your ceiling lights. There are affordable seasonal changes that

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