Lighting can be an effective way of making hallway and stair space feel bigger, it has been suggested.
In a Guardian article, Lucy Martin, design director of John Cullen Lighting, points out those looking to tackle such home improvements should pay particular attention to the first landing – if it is visible from the front door – and use corner-mounted lighting to draw the eye up the stairs.
Speaking in a response to a reader’s question, Ms Martin claims that lighting should be used "to direct attention to points of interest – a mirror, a painting or the stairs themselves".
However, home improvement enthusiasts could be interested to hear her point that downlights should not be used in a hall as these can create "a tunnel effect".
She also suggests that light artworks can help to make a hall appear wider.
In comments made to the Daily Telegraph earlier this month, Ms Martin stated that with regards to lighting a kitchen, DIY enthusiasts should focus on quality rather than quantity.