Building light into joinery can also create a levitating effect, and really lift the feel of a room. Especially rooms with limited natural light. A smaller room can be visually expanded by having light hidden away into joinery and behind mirrors. A large room can actually be lit effectively by hiding light into the architecture and using the room as a luminaire. Completely hidden source, but brilliant bright room. Clever stuff indeed.Read More
The questions when lighting a "living breathing" feature like a fire, are - do we light the fire surround? Add decorative features above the fire? create drama with texture? or allow the fire to take centre stage and hide all of the general lighting in the room away into the architecture?Read More
We've uncovered five easy ways to describe how light behaves in a room. These five effect descriptions can be applied to any light fitting, and they form the core of the language we use to describe how light should behave in a room to craft the "right light"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
Probably the biggest benefit to professional advice - which is strongly based in the science and mathematics behind light, is understanding that light isn't just downlights - and that you can create bright, dynamic spaces without pockmarking your ceiling.Read More
Installing light inside your cupboards is fantastic for functionality, and also means you need less light in the room overall because any “detail work” you do is task lit. Brilliant! If you plan for this early enough in your project, it’s also a very cheap, simple solution. Forget to plan for it however, and you might find it costs a bit more to get the cables to the right place. Never lose that favourite pair of shoes, or tin of soup again!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
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.
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
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
MINT Lighting launched Adele's first book - AUTHENTIC LIGHT - Made in Melbourne (you can buy a copy here now) to a crowd of over 60 designers and design lovers with live music and champagne. It was a fantastic night all round, and a wonderful display of the talented designers of Melbourne.Read More
The difference between lighting that is designed for your home and light which is installed purely for function (downlights) is the exquisite combination of beauty (ambience) and function that you can achieve with crafted light.Read More