Get Your Interior Lighting Done Right with These Practical Tips November 05 2016, 0 Comments
Here's a secret: interior lighting dictates the atmosphere in the room. Just like putting together colours and textures in a certain design, you can combine different lighting elements to create a mood you want in a room. It could be romantically laid-back, bright and vivid, or a highlight to your favourite corners. Other than its basic function, that is, to illuminate corners, a good interior lighting adds visual interest. When done right, it beautifully adds depth and space inside your room.
It may look complicated, but layering your interior lighting isn’t a difficult task. By following basic lighting principles—and a dash of your creative flair—you can create a unique, well-lit atmosphere in your décor using a series of different lighting systems.
Tip #1: Know your lighting. There are different lights for different uses. Ambient lights offer a subtler, more controlled glow that creates that calming atmosphere inside the room. Task lights produce a brighter radiance, usually installed inside workplaces such as kitchens and offices. Accent lights are your mini spotlights, meant to emphasize certain corners like galleries or a sculpture. Here’s a guide that tells which light is for which use.
Tip #2: Go with the basics. Floor and table lamps are two of the basic, and probably easiest interior lighting to mix. Chandeliers and pendant lights add an extra charm inside the room, and who wouldn’t love them? They glimmer like a fine jewel hanging overhead. Lamps, on the other hand, add a sense of cosiness inside the space. When placed against the wall, it creates an ambient glow that also works as a great illumination for your reading moments. With these two interior lighting combined, you can create a basic ambience that could easily transform your room’s personality.
Tip #3: Scale it right. When installing an overhead lighting, it is important to get the measurements right. The height should be enough to illuminate the space, but make sure it’s not too low that it becomes an obstruction. For side table lamps, you want to have something imposing—a statement piece that seamlessly harmonizes with the rest of your décor.
Tip #4: Downlights are divine. Downlights are beautiful, ambient lighting systems that can be incorporated with many other styles. These are not meant to be your primary source of light. However, when combined with a gorgeous pendant or track lights, it could add a nice, starlit glow to your ceiling. Make sure not to overdo it; install downlights in well-calculated segments to maximize each bulb.
Tip #5: Colour and character. Table lamps and pendant lights are clever ways to incorporate a splash of colour in your décor. While most of us are more likely to take the original colour scheme, it is also nice to pick a light with a surprising, contrasting hue. A brass pendant light creates a touch of glam with its warm metallic shin. A concrete hanging lamp transforms an ordinary room into an industrial inspired nest. Caged lights on walls add a touch of masculinity.
Tip #6: Don’t be afraid to break out of the box. Feeling a bit of adventurous? Why not incorporate a set of festoon lights in your living room, instead of the usual downlights? If you’re all about urban and less of the whimsy, floor lamps will create a contemporary twist in your space. Just be careful not to overdo with the design: if you have chosen a unique centrepiece, pick basic lights to accompany it. Interior lighting with minimalist charm will make your room appear clean and less cluttered.
Tip #7: Natural is still the best way to go. Nothing beats the feeling of the warm morning sun invading your space and filling it with light. Make the most of nature; big windows and daylight spaces give you the opportunity to save on lighting. Of course, you can pair it with a desk lamp to keep you company. Alternatively, a set of wall scones or a series of hanging bulbs create a tranquil atmosphere that gives you enough illumination during the evening.
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