Lighting is a determining factor in how a room makes us feel. An interior design firm will find that balanced combination of both natural and artificial light temperature, creating layers, a style and proportioned scale of a space, while establishing its own atmosphere.
For an interior designer quality in lighting is more important than quantity. Too much lighting may create the opposite of the desired effect and too little lighting may create problematic spaces like corners of a room. In the latter, the use of a lamp may help by highlighting the finishing and material of the low lit space, like we experiment in art galleries.
Too much lighting may create the opposite of the desired effect: quality is more important than quantity.
On the other hand, too little lighting can create problems like corners of a room. Such spaces like corners can be complemented with lamps, which would highlight the finish and material of the low lit space.
The 3 most common types of lighting are ambient, accent and task. Ambient is a general type of lighting that fills most of the room and is usually already present in a scene. Accent is a lighting that focuses on, or highlights, a certain area or particular object. Task lighting is used where it is most needed in a space providing visibility for activities specific to the space such as reading, cooking, or doing homework. By mixing task, overhead, and accent lights a contrast is created between the light on the inside and outside of the room.
Don’t settle for just an overhead light.
During the day, other sources of light can go a long way. Mix lighting types to give your home a more unique and complex look instead of just a plain and boring room with a single overhead light and existing windows.
Before you start looking for new lights to add to a room, take a look at each space and define the character that makes it what it is. Which style do you want to follow? What about the functionality of the space and the furniture you want to include?. A professional interior designer can help you by searching for fixtures that go well with the desired design style while allowing some contrast in between giving it your personal touch.
We don’t like lighting to feel matchy matchy, we like to choose lighting that is complimentary.
Remember to layer the lighting by selecting fixtures with varying heights and installations.
When selecting which bulbs to use, be sure to keep the following in mind:
- What type of atmosphere are you after? How will the colors of the lighting influence said atmosphere?
- Are those energy efficient? How long do you want your lights to last?
- What is the desired brightness level, in other words, how bright do you want to make your space?
One of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to lighting is installing a fixture that is too small. Lighting that doesn’t scale properly instantly creates an imbalance in a space. Larger rooms need larger lighting.
So, pay attention to scale.
Color temperature refers to the glow of a bulb and can be described as how it will make us feel. By using the Kelvin Scale (“K”), we could compare the glow of a metal object being heated ranging from blue to yellow to orange. There are three different categories where light typically falls under:
Taking your light temperature into consideration is important because it affects the mood and ambiance of an environment. Depending on how you want your home to feel, your lights should reflect that desired mood. Different color temperatures can provoke different emotions, so it is very important for you to choose the right type of lighting based on how you want your space to feel.
Warm light has a color temperature ranging from 2500K up to 3000K. It creates a warm and cozy feeling and produces a comfortable atmosphere within the space. Warm lighting has a yellow tone and induces a natural feeling to us in the evening, providing relaxation to the mind.
This color temperature is best when used in the living room, dining room, bedrooms, and ambient lighting. Keep in mind that this can change depending on the style of your room and your desired brightness.
A whiter light that is best for areas that require energy and focus. It helps create a bright and vibrant environment that is best suited for areas that require energy and focus such as kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms. Neutral light places between 3100K and 4500K. It mixes red light with some shades of warm white and cool blue.
Neutral lights are great for accentuating other colors and bringing out other shades.
Cool light replicates daylight. It is the most common color temperature for natural lighting. Cool white light bulbs range from 4600K to 6500K. It contains more blue light and appears brighter to the eye.
Cool light is best for highlighting certain features and is often used for display areas and accent lighting.