The temptation when designing a dining room (or more often these days, a dining zone within your open living space) is to make the lighting pendant the feature of the space, for your WOW piece - that amazing pendant that makes your heart sing! We're all for that of course - but the greater question is how to bring the flexibility in - without losing the delight of the dramatic.Read More
Understanding the science of light makes it possible to create beautiful spaces quickly, effectively and inexpensively using the right lights in the right places. The FUNdamentals covered here are the spring board for all lighting decisions, ensuring sustainability and quality are the key elements in creating great light at home.Read More
Oversize pendants are fantastic for creating a human scale in a large space, and usually, industrial style is used in large spaces to break them up and give them personality. So think BIG when choosing your pendants - and with all those hard surfaces, think fabric too - it'll help control the noise levels in your exposed brick/concrete room.Read More
OK so, the first step is to get involved with the lighting selection and not leave it for the last minute so your only choice is cheap downlights....the next step is to review current trends and advances in lighting TECHNOLOGY and figure out if they add value to your life and your home.Read More
Getting your head around what colour means in light can be tricky. It's even more confusing with LED lighting than any previous technologies because the choices now are so diverse! Unfortunately, even though there is a lot of good information available, it can be difficult to work out who's telling the right story. Sadly, there are still some people who are experts in their field making blanket comments about the quality of light from energy efficient LED based on poor colour selection that can be very off putting when you're trying to figure out what the right light is for you.Read More
At the other end of the spectrum we find these magnificent light art installations, sometimes created for a special event, and in some commercial projects, fibreoptics are used to create amazing, dramatic interactive experiences for people.
Share your opinion below - and if you're not sure what you think...read on and let's explore it together.Read More
Lighting for artworks requires a little more attention that simply putting a downlight, or even a gimble downlight near it in the ceiling.Read More
It might be the smallest room in the house – but it’s one of the most vital to our comfort. It’s also a room that everyone goes to every day – usually many times!
Truly, in such a small room, regardless of colour and anything else going on, you really don’t need much light at all – so you can really go wild – let your freak flag fly!Read More
Creating two completely unique lighting solutions to mirror image townhouses, gave the MINT team a fantastic opportunity to explore the variety of lighting solutions that bring that special WOW factor to any home.Read More
Perhaps you’ve heard the term ‘Layered Lighting’?? Maybe it made you think of Wedding Cakes, or Winter clothing, but with light? Confusing for sure, how on earth do you “layer” light??.
Before we explain, let’s just suggest, that a perfectly lit room should have the 3 basic layers to make for beautiful, functional and sustainable lighting in your home.
So many images and TV shows show decorative lighting hanging right up close to the ceiling. At MINT, we say NO to that. Think of decorative lighting as jewellery for your home. You should love it - you'll be looking at it every day. Pendant lighting (and all other decorative lighting for that matter) should make you smile, bring the sparkle to your home and be the perfect accessory for your interior decoration and design.Read More
The most obvious solution to lighting a timber ceiling is to use uplight - you've invested time, money and passion into that design - show it off!! The warm light, and ambient brightness will improve your mood at home, and creates a dramatic effect.Read More