Light it Up the Right Way – Guide to Home Lighting

Light it Up the Right Way – Guide to Home Lighting

Lighting is an essential element of any interior and can certainly make or break a room. It?s important to understand the basics of functional lighting vs. decorative lighting to achieve a balance between the two.

The key to creating a successful interior is by incorporating elements that add visual interest. Just as you would introduce colour, pattern and texture into a space, layering lighting to create interesting scenes is equally important. Lighting can be layered by uniting ambient, accent and task lighting to achieve a balanced, visually pleasing space.

Functional lighting refers to general (or ambient) lighting and task lighting. Decorative lighting refers to lighting that is not only decorative but also helps to create a mood or ambiance within a room.

When addressing how best to light up your space, consider your needs. Think about what activities take will place in the space and what atmosphere would you like to create??For example, a bedroom requires general lighting bright enough to illuminate the entire room, but it?s also important to be able to create a softness in this space for relaxing, (this is considered mood lighting). In addition, you will require a reading light beside the bed, (this is considered task lighting, however, a lamp can offer both task and mood lighting).

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Below is a chart to help you understand the basic forms of lighting.

  • The best form of lighting. Why? ? high colour rendering (colours are shown in their true form), constantly changing (daylight changes throughout the day), daylight is ingrained in the way that humans have evolved and how we interact with the outside world.

  • General lighting is usually applied through soft, uniform light, and is the base layer to any lighting scheme.
  • Usually found in the form of wall or ceiling fixtures

  • Task lighting is also referred to as ?functional lighting?, and is applied to areas where higher light levels are required to perform tasks such as reading.
  • Usually created through the use of desk/floor lamps or reading lights

  • Used to highlight an area to create a dramatic effect or accent a particular element in a space.
  • Usually created through the use of LED strips integrated into joinery eg kick plate of a vanity
  • Can also be created through the use of floor and table lamps




  • Low voltage (12 volt) down lights are the most commonly used form of illumination.
  • Lamps for downlights are available in a variety of different light sources such as fluorescent, LED and halogen. LED lamps are energy efficient and have a long life.

  • Great for general illumination.
  • Used in areas where you may not be able to recess into the ceiling for downlights.
  • Lamps are available in a variety of different light sources such as fluorescent, LED and halogen.


  • Create a visual statement.
  • Decorative element for a space
  • Used in addition to downlights or other ceiling fixtures
  • Create a visual statement
  • Decorative element in the space
  • Can be used both as an accent and task light



  • Can be used to illuminate an existing room without having to change fittings that are hardwired or permanent features and fixtures.
  • Place in corners to make a room feel larger, or dividing up spaces when placed between two sofas for example
  • Can enhance and create focus.


  • Can be used to illuminate a corner.
  • Can be used as a task light beside a chair for reading.
  • The ideal positioning of the lower edge of the lampshade should be at eye level when you are seated – varying between 970 mm and 1007 mm above the floor.
  • It gives three forms of lighting; uplight / downlight, task light or ambient background light. This is especially useful if the lamp is attached to a dimmer.
  • Uplights are usually either wall mounted or in-ground fittings. These can be used to highlight architectural elements such as a wall or a ceiling.


  • Halogen lights are a type of incandescent light that uses a tungsten element.
  • Halogen lights are more efficient and longer lasting than incandescent bulbs.,
  • They are frequently used in downlights however in large spaces, results in higher levels of energy being consumed than necessary.
  • Like incandescent bulbs, some varieties of halogen lights are being phased out by the Australian Government.
  • Predecessor to the halogen lamp
  • Have now been phased out and replaced with Energy saving alternatives.
  • Produce warmer, more yellow light.
  • LED alternatives in the shapes of traditional incandescent are now available
ENERGY SAVING (Compact Fluorescent)
  • CFLs are cheaper and much more efficient to run than incandescent or halogen lights.
  • CFLs shouldn?t be used in fixtures unless especially designed for themYou can choose CFLs in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in different colour temperatures. For example, warm white for living rooms, cool white for bathrooms and kitchens, or bright daylight for garages.
  • Lamp lifetime of about 20,000
LED (Light Emitting Diodes).
  • Highly efficient – 4 to 7 times more efficient than the typical incandescent or halogen equivalent.
  • Long lasting – a lifetime of about 30,000-50,000 hours.
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Work well in cold conditions
  • RGB options
  • More variety in luminaires available in LED
  • Most manufacturers are moving all fittings across to LED
  • More expensive to buy but cheaper overall when considering lifetime energy use costs.


  • Dimmer controls allow you to sculpt the mood of a room from efficient to intimate.
  • Once dimmed, help to create a layered lighting effect when combined with decorative lighting such as lamps.
  • Allow you to create pre-set lighting scenes inside a room. Scenes can be adjusted with the touch of a switch from a box or with hand held remote controls. Some can even be controlled from a mobile phone or another mobile device.
  • Automatically offer convenience and energy saving as lights switch on when they detect a motion and switch off when the area is not occupied for a specified amount of time.


? Generally furniture in a room will be moved around from time to time so it?s important to have a range of freestanding lighting options that can be moved around.

? It is good to allow for varying intensities of light. Incorporating a dimmer switch will offer flexibility. This is will provide both task light and mood lighting in one.

? It?s worth noting that rooms decorated with dark, deep hues absorb light, these spaces will require more lighting and light, neutral painted space.

? Dark flooring will also absorb light while light floors will reflect it. If you have any LED strip details be mindful if your floor or surfaces are polished as this will reflect the dots of the LED. If this happens you can use a diffuser to remove the dots.

? When selecting a colour temperature of a lamp, always choose 3000K (for general light and task light) or 2700K (accent light) as these are the warmest coloured lamps and will help to make your room feel cosy.

With thoughtful consideration and clever planning, you can create a balanced lighting scheme with flexible lighting effects that will greatly enhance the look and feel of your home. Feel a light bulb moment coming on?

We would like to thank London based lighting designer Erin Slaviero, of for offering us some insight into the wonderful world of lighting design.

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Lighting Designers to be Inspired by at Vivid 2016.

Lighting Designers to be Inspired by at Vivid 2016.

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Sydney?s Vivid festival is the world?s largest outdoor festival of light, music and ideas. The phenomenal cultural event takes place each year to showcases a number of installations of epic proportions throughout the city. These awe-inspiring installations are designed by some of the most brilliant leading creatives in the industry.

One installation to particularly stand-out this year is ??Momentum?? designed by the sensational design duo?Stephanie Shehata and Erin Slaviero.?Following the success of their award-winning ?Kaleidoscope? at Vivid 2015, the girls returned to this year?s festival of light with a new dazzling installation.

We were fortunate to chat with Stephanie and Erin about how they created the concept for Momentum and what it?s like to be part of such an extraordinary event.

Could you tell us about the design for Momentum?

?Momentum? picks up where ?Kaleidoscope? left off. It comprises of three freestanding infinity boxes that house illuminated 3D objects. These objects create kaleidoscopic optical illusions that explore the way the addition of motion and speed affect the interactions of infinity, light, material and form.

Vivid Momentum Installation

Momentum_Vivid Festival 2016

How can visitors experience and?interact with the installation?

Participants can interact with the installation by rotating a wheel, which in turn rotates the 3D light element. The object stays dimmed, statically glowing, until the wheel is spun, activating a burst of light.

The installation becomes dynamic causing a kaleidoscope of colour and reflection. To visitors, the installation initially presents as a series of tall, dark three-dimensional boxes. Their key to interacting with a box is to do so with a partner, with a person standing on either side of the box. As one spins a wheel activating the light element inside, their partner views the spinning form as it is reflected into infinity.



Your previous installation, ?Kaleidoscope?, featured at Vivid in 2015, won the IES NSW Lighting Sculpture and Installation Design Award of Commendation. How has that impacted on you as designers?

Stephanie Shehata: ?Both Erin and I are home-grown and independent artists who understand the impact Vivid has both in terms of tourism but also in terms of pushing boundaries in multi-disciplinary collaborations of art and technology. Vivid has opened doors for both of us, globally, in terms of industry recognition?winning the IES NSW award?and as artists. We?re incredibly grateful that Kaleidoscope was so well received, and we?re pleased to be back with our best work yet??.

Can you tell us about your background as designers and about your design ethos?

Stephanie Shehata: ??I?m a recent graduate of the UTS Master of Design in Lighting Design and have previously completed Bachelor of Design in Interior Design/ Bachelor Arts in International Studies, also at UTS.

My production of design solutions are based on a balance of function, value and aesthetics while also bridging the gap between the physical environment, behaviour and the being in space??.

Erin Slaviero: ??I graduated from the UTS Master of Design in Lighting Design in 2012. Since graduating from the program I have had the opportunity to work on a range of lighting projects around the globe and work in design offices in Sydney, Melbourne and London.

I believe that light is a crucial link for creating a spatial interaction between people and their environment. To me, light is an experience that generates and controls the way we feel and interact with the world around us??.

Vivid 2016

Momentum was produced in collaboration with Peter Favelle (Australia), Simon Milligan (Australia) and Paul Dadd (Australia). It was commissioned by Destination NSW for Vivid Sydney 2016 and sponsored by KF plastics and Light Project.

The Momentum installation is an?absolute must see! It can be viewed as part of Vivid Sydney in Walsh Bay. The festival runs from Friday 27 May to Saturday 18 June and is open from 6pm?12am every evening.


Choose a Colour Scheme from your Favourite Things

Choose a Colour Scheme from your Favourite Things


Deciding on a colour scheme for your home can be a somewhat daunting process. Determining where to start is usually the biggest hurdle but having the confidence to select a scheme and trust that the outcome will be successful can be another obstacle.

Rest assured, choosing colour doesn?t have to be that overwhelming! We have five tips to help you create a cohesive colour scheme from something as simple as your favourite things! Here?s how:

1. Select a mood.
Consider the type of atmosphere you would like to create. Commence research by utilising inspirational resources such as interior design magazines, Pinterest, Instagram or visiting a paint suppliers websites such as Dulux, Haymes or Porters Paints.?Select colours that centred on the emotion you would like to evoke or the aesthetic you wish to create when you enter the space. Think of key words to describe this such as energised, relaxed, tranquil, cosy, fresh, clean, rich, opulent, and the like. Next think about the colours that reflect these key words. For example:

White = Clean & Fresh
Neutral hues such Vanilla, Taupe = Comforting & Cosy
Muted Blues and Greens = Relaxing & Tranquil
Yellows = Energised & Vibrant
Jewelled hues such as Teal, Ruby and IndIgo = Rich & Opulent

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2. Take colour inspiration from your wardrobe.
Chances are that when you go shopping for clothes, you are picking colours not only because they look good on you, but because those colours make you happy. Take a peek and see what colour is predominant within your wardrobe. What colours do you pair together in your clothes? If the colours look good together on you, they will look great together in your room.

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3. Find inspiration in your favourite artwork.
You may have a beloved piece of art that boasts a soft chalky palette or some striking vibrant hues. These pleasant tones can be incorporated into your space to become the main focus of the room. Look at items you already have to develop colour ideas, and when you decorate and style the room you won?t need to purchase as many coloured accessories as you will already have them!

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4. Introduce a neutral.
This can be the colour of your furniture or the shade of your flooring. Interior colour schemes use soft whites, vanilla, taupe, putty, charcoal or even blacks to break up the space and add relief. This way the room seems intentional without being overwhelming. This will help to create a space that is restful to the eye and allow pops of colour to shine through without competing with the rest of the space.

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5. Keep ceilings light and bright.
Always leave ceilings and cornice mouldings a bright white or a basic neutral colour that is lighter than the walls. Bright white ceilings do help bounce light back into the room and help the space to appear fresh and light and spacious. Painting the ceiling a colour will absorb all of the light and leave the room feeling dark and small. This is considered a major decorating blunder.

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So as you can see it?s possible to get all the inspiration you need from learning to recognise the things that appeal to you. However, should you need a second opinion, feel free to contact one of the friendly team members at Jason Agustina, we are more than happy to assist.

For great products and colour inspiration, check out our blog on modern Scandi styling.

Image Credits:?Iittala | Design Seeds?|?Pattern Curator | Pixaus |?Still Stars

Furniture Inspiration from Two of Asia?s Biggest and Best Trade Fairs.

Furniture Inspiration from Two of Asia?s Biggest and Best Trade Fairs.

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The month of March has been a whirlwind of excitement for Jason Agustina furniture and this last week has been one of epic proportions to say the least!

We have just returned from an exhausting but immensely inspiring visit to two of the leading furniture fairs in South-East Asia; The Export Furniture Exhibition (EFE) and the MIFF Malaysian International Furniture Fair.

Alive with design, these events showcased an enormous amount of new and exciting products from some of the most dynamic and innovative international market.

The Export Furniture Exhibition (EFE)?is one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most important international furniture business platforms. Spanning over 20,000 square metres, the show was brimming with new collections and an extensive selection of new products from more than 270 manufacturers from Malaysia, China and ASEAN region at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The MIFF Malaysian International Furniture Fair is the No. 1 furniture fair in Southeast Asia, and consistently ranked amongst the top 10 worldwide, the MIFF has spearheaded the furniture trade scene for years. Every March, quality exhibitors and buyers from all over the world converge on this global stage. Since its inception in 1995, MIFF has created fantastic business and networking opportunities for hundreds of thousands of participants.

These two trade events mark the beginning of a busy buying season across South East Asia and China for all the international buyers around the world, with Singapore and China hosting their own exhibitions over the next few weeks.

For our company, it was a fantastic opportunity to source some top new suppliers for sofas and dining chairs, which we will be incorporating into our range. On top of that, we managed to strengthen our relationships with the current furniture makers and have negotiated a better deal to further lower prices for Australia consumers.?We were extremely impressed with Malaysia?s strength in executing beautifully crafted wooden furniture with simple but beautiful clean lines.

We are pleased to be able to share with you the insider-information on who are the most impressive manufacturers and stand-out leaders in Asia for 2016.

Asiades designs, develops and produces stylish dining and lounge furniture in Asia, with a massive 3000 m? ‘creative temple’ showroom located in the east of the Netherlands.


Bellagio Asia
Bellagio Asia are an International company that produces unique, high quality, hand crafted furniture at reasonable prices that appeal to both Western and Asian palates. Their collections are produced from natural and hand crafted materials including woods like oak, birch and teak.

Bellagio Asia

Designers Field
Designers Field develop Scandinavian interior design products. Their product design is focused on form, function, colors and exquisite materials. Inspired by, the classic Scandinavian style, a passion for combining color and natural materials.
Designers Field

Dynamic Furniture Industries is a trusted name and company in furniture industries Malaysia nationwide. They are a manufacturer and distributor whom specialise in the production of high quality furniture.

Dynamic Furniture

Mitsui Designtec Co. Ltd
Mitsui Designtec Co. Ltd. is a one stop-shop that not only have their own successful product line, but also provide interior design and construction services for commercial spaces.

Mitsui Designtec

Nagano Interior
Nagano Interiors is a Japanese company who will soon be celebrating their 70th year in business. Their philosophy encompasses “the spirit of “harmony”, and to cherish the heart of “thanks” to each other. This is evident in their collection of fine wooden furniture in which each piece is hand-crafted one by one.

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For more?furniture?inspiration visit our website to see our ‘Trending Now’?page.


Introducing Our New ?Try Before You Buy? Furniture Sampling Service.

Introducing Our New ?Try Before You Buy? Furniture Sampling Service.

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Jason Agustina takes the frustration out of purchasing online by offering our customers a no-obligation furniture sample to trial from the comfort of your own home.

We all have moments when we fall in love with an item of furniture only to get it home and realise every single thing you thought was right is actually wrong!

It can happen to the best of us – you are out shopping and come across what looks to be the perfect piece of furniture or decor accessory. You are thrilled and without hesitation purchase the item in a haze of giddy excitement.

That is until you bring it home and find your hero piece is in fact a complete dud! It looked great in the store but now it appears much too large for your space, or the colour isn?t quite right or it simply doesn?t work with any other elements within the room.?You are left feeling utterly disappointed and upset with yourself for not taking note of the stores ?no refunds? policy which you now see printed on the receipt… Ouch!

Rest assured that this is not the case when shopping with Jason Agustina. We are thrilled to offer our customers the unique opportunity to try out our products at home before deciding whether you want to pay for them.

A winning situation for both our company are our valued customers! You can shop with confidence and have complete peace of mind. This service offers the reassurance of product quality and suitability. We understand the importance of being able to inspect a product and view it in situ. It is necessary to experience the colour, the scale and the placement to determine how the piece will compliment the rest of the interior.

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We also offer expert advice on furniture selection, placement and styling so please feel free to speak to us about all of your furniture needs.

Please contact Jason Tan.
0484 333 167
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