Natural light is a major factor in ensuring our well-being day in and day out. If natural light is scarce in your home, consider increasing it with large mirrors – strategically placed across windows and by choosing furniture with reflective surfaces – light metallic and glass colors can work on glossy surfaces. To complement the natural lighting, we turn to artificial lighting.
While we need artificial lighting to simply see and function around the home, the potential for artificial lighting to transform our home experience is enormous, and it is often a missed opportunity in most interior designs. While there are many things to consider when designing interior lighting, here’s one key piece of advice: Never rely on just one light source.
Task lighting is necessary to illuminate a specific area, or even a restricted corner, in order to complete a specific activity – or a task. Typically, task lighting can be found in offices where desk lamps are used to help you work, but also around living room couches and couches where floor and desk lamps help you read, and of course on bedside tables in the evening.
Furthermore, task lighting also applies to the lighting on the mirror in the bathroom, the sink, the oven and hotplates in the kitchen, as it is only intended to illuminate the space in which practical daily activities such as cooking take place.
On the other hand, accent lighting is a form of decorative lighting, focusing on a specific area or object in order to accentuate its aesthetics, impart a sense of depth and create a pleasant atmosphere in interior design.
Accent lighting can be created with hidden LED lighting in the stairwells or in the corners of the ceiling. It’s also popular to use accent lighting on shelves to illuminate books and other artefacts, and of course, paintings on the walls or pretty plants around the space.
Having said all that, accent lighting isn’t just for highlighting pretty things. When done right, accent lighting can transform even a boring hallway into an exciting space by creating contrast between light, dark, and structure throughout the space.
Ambient lighting is a form of general lighting that provides a comfortable level of light without too much glare. Aside from the basic lighting functions, ambient lighting improves the sense of warmth and depth of a room or space. Although with ambient lighting you don’t have to light a specific restricted area, you will need to think carefully about where to install the light and which dimming and luminaire you will choose.
One last tip
As we said don’t rely on just one source, always think of every room and every space in terms of primary light, secondary lights, and even tertiary lights. Be sure to include a dimmable option, and make sure your switch connections allow you to control these lights separately so you can create different lighting scenarios.
When your living room hosts a cozy movie night, a romantic evening, or your kids’ playtime on a winter Sunday afternoon, you’ll need very different lighting systems for each of these scenarios. To sum it up, avoid having a single light source in any given space; Not only can it be an eyesore, but it also lacks depth and elegance, and in many cases, it just won’t be practical.
Since light is a major factor in interior design, it is best to analyze which areas of the home you would like to illuminate and for what reason. Intelligent task lighting, strategic lighting and stylish ambient lighting should work together to upgrade interior design and facilitate everyday activities and interactions in the most natural and luxurious way.