Lighting makes a room come alive.
There is more to successful interior design than just choosing a colour scheme, working out how to furnish and decorate a space and examining its physical characteristics and functionality.
The way a room smells, feels to the touch and even the way it sounds, all have an influence on how a person interacts with a space.
Most notably, though, the way a room looks has a defining affect on the way a person feels about that space – and one of the easiest and most common methods of altering a room’s appearance is through lighting.
One of the easiest and most common methods of altering a room’s appearance is through lighting.
Think design, think lighting
It is crucial that consideration is given to the way a room is currently being lit when you are preparing to redesign or style the space.
Look at the light sources – are they natural (windows, doorways, skylights) or man-made (electric lights)? Do they highlight the features of the room or do they draw a person’s eye to the wrong elements?
Is there enough light for the purpose of the room? Can you cook, read, put on your make-up or paint effectively with the existing amount of light?
Depending on the lights you choose, you can either make them fade into the background as they bring another element within the room to life or they can become a feature themselves, with the dual purpose of looking good and increasing visibility.
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Use lighting to change the mood
The lighting used in a room can change its mood in a second. The right lights can make a cold room feel warmer and cosier, while the wrong lighting can make a modern, minimalist room seem stark and impersonal.
The right lights can make a cold room feel warmer and cosier.
When selecting your lights you should consider the following points:
- Is this light for function or for feature? Then, accordingly, what is its function or what are you making a feature of? Are you wanting to read with it or is it to enhance the texture look of a wall?
- What sort of space do you have available? Can you use a floor lamp or will you need to place a table lamp on an existing piece of furniture?
- At what level would you like the lighting? Floor or ground level, eye level or above head height?
- What type of light do you want to use in the space? Cool light or warm light bulbs, that throw different hues when switched on, can be bought off the shelf. Your choice of light colour will depend on the other lighting in the space, the colours and feel of the space and the function of the space.
Answering these four simple questions will be a great start to steering you in the right direction.
The final piece of the puzzle is choosing a light that works with your style and existing decor.