No matter how exquisitely set up your living space is, lighting remains one of the most significant aspects of your interior. Lighting holds within its grasp, the power to determine the ambience of a room as well as cleverly alter the perceived size of a room.
The right lighting for your space will work in tandem with various areas of interior design, such as furniture selection, colour scheme and room layout. Lighting can also impact the day-to-day of the inhabitants of the space it illuminates, as under or over illuminating can lead to eye fatigue and headaches.
This luxury guide to lighting will expertly combine the different facets of lighting to help you illuminate your space according to function and style.
TYPES OF LIGHTING
There are various types of interior lighting, such as general, ambient, task and accent.
Some lights can match a few of these types, but a basic understanding of each type can greatly assist you in coming up with an effective lighting scheme.
Based on functionality rather than visual appeal, general lighting sets the groundwork for your lighting scheme. It provides an even glow across the entire space and therefore bestows a sense of consistency to it.
A central pendant light like our Vera Hanging Light is seen as the most common source of general lighting. Luxury chandeliers are another central source that serve as terrific style statements and add a touch of class to your space.
However, a lighting scheme consisting of just a central light source is generally considered as vastly insufficient or even detrimental to the overall design of the room and can create unflattering shadows.
Ambient lighting is often used interchangeably with general lighting. But while general lighting provides practicality, ambient lighting like our Antique Hanging Light exudes drama and flair. It will often be paired to a dimming system that helps tweak the light level according to the occasion. As compared to its counterpart, it is a lot softer and indirect, doing away with the problem of unappealing shadows.
Task lighting helps you perform particular tasks such as reading, preparing food, etc. Task lighting needs to be incorporated into various areas, such as mirror lights for personalised grooming areas and bathrooms, reading lights attached near headboards, etc. This lighting is offered for kitchens by several sources such as pendant lighting, recessed downlights over worktops and under-cabinet lighting.
Task lighting like our Frosted Dome Gold/Copper Plated Wall/Ceiling Light is now seen as a necessary addition to residential and commercial spaces as it provides comfort and ease as well as subtly enhances the overall design of the space.
Combined with the above aspects, accent lighting helps drive up the visual appeal of a space even further. It is any lighting used to highlight a specific feature in a room.
Spotlights can be used to draw the eye to particular paintings, sculptures and any other prized possessions you intend to exhibit. To do its work effectively, accent lighting requires at least three times as much light than the general light surrounding it and hence pulls a higher wattage.
Following are some of the lighting effect:
Perhaps the most popular form of lighting for interiors, downlighting is an incredibly useful and accessible option. Spotlights or central light sources are usually downlights. However, it does cause unflattering shadows, and thus must be balanced by ambient lighting.
Uplighting by nature is a more understated alternative to downlighting. It is indirect in its approach, as it presents light by making it bounce off the ceiling and reflect into your space.
Wall washing provides a uniform glow on a vertical surface. It is essential to place the light at an appropriate distance to allow it to softly illuminate the entire surface. Furthermore, considering the sequential relationship between the rooms of your space is vital – a sharp contrast in lighting when entering a new space can cause disorientation and weariness of the eyes.
Bearing in mind the above elements will get you well on your way to planning an effective lighting scheme suited to the needs of your space and transform the look of it for the better.