To understand the intricacies of colour, the first thing to remember is that we can only see different shades if they are illuminated. In order for them to be anything other than degrees of black and white, light has to hit the surface and be reflected back.
Matt surfaces absorb light and will appear darker and deeper then glossy reflective surfaces. Light colour and glossy finishes are perfect for rooms you wish to appear larger.
Use floor lamps instead of bedside lamps to create interest and personalise your space
Hang pendant lights so the bottom is 70 to 80cm above your dining table
Pendant fixtures bring plentiful light and character to your home. In high ceiling rooms they bring the source of illumination closer to where it’s needed.