Interior Lighting at your House

Many interior designers are of the opinion that lighting is one of the key aspects to their trade. Designing a space is also about taking into consideration how the lighting will affect it and more importantly, how you can use light to control the feel of a space. Something everyone notices right away when entering a room is the light. More specifically, how the mood of a room is strongly tied to how it is lit. Furthermore, being able to control how dim or how bright the lighting in a room is can give you an instant way of changing these aspects.

When it comes to lighting interiors, we’re not just talking about the electrical sources of light. Figuring out how to control natural light and using it to its maximum potential is also essential. The best designers will always know that natural light is a much more potent way to bring out subtle aspects in architecture and the look of a room than artificial sources. Using certain elements of your room, you can do this if you follow some simple guidelines.

  • Orientation. If the room is facing either west or south the devices that will benefit you most are: blinds or screens which can diffuse the light when placed in front of the window; fabrics and matt walls can help absorb some of the light. North and east facing windows can benefit from: mirrors placed around the room, to help distribute and reflect the light more evenly; avoid putting heavy treatments on the window frames (or window glass) to make sure that the room is sufficiently lit.
  • When considering installing extensive lighting systems around your home, it should be planned around certain features of design and architecture. Balancing between three different types of light creates a cosy environment. These types are as follows: general (background illumination), accent (used to draw the eye to certain elements) and task lighting (temporary illumination for particular activities). Finding the perfect amount of each type of light to use will bring out a texture that can complement the character of your space.
  • How does the natural light in your room change throughout the day? It’s important to observe how natural light can influence the feel of a room in different moments. Is specific lighting required (artificial) to make the room more usable? To what extent do you need to implement such changes, and how strong does this lighting have to be?
  • Artificial lighting. It tends to have various colour accents, all different from natural light. Consider that during winter, not getting enough daylight can make you more lethargic and lazy. During seasons when there isn’t enough natural light, use all the time you have to maximize the amount of it fills your home throughout the day.

When considering interior lighting choices for your comfort, it comes down to a fine balance between natural and artificial. We need as much natural light as possible. Larger rooms tend to have larger windows and therefore more of it. But even in smaller spaces, if you take a closer look at how your room is built, you can figure out ways through which you can capitalize on all of it. As for artificial lighting, when buying light bulbs, have a discussion with your local specialist – you can even show them the interior of your home, and try to figure out what works best for your space. How the lighting of a home is distributed is essential to interior design, as well as your own comfort. Just remember, as a rule of thumb – the more natural light, the better!

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