Correct lighting plays a key role in all aspects of our life, whether it’s photography, reading or putting on makeup. Different lightings can also affect on the mood of our interior. Here are 10 tips on how to make the most out of your interior by lighting.
How to Create Proper Lightin in Your Home
1) If you want to emphasize a specific feature, try to hide the light source as the eye will be drawn to that rather than the item. If using a recessed halogen downlight, ensure the bulb is placed deep into the fitting so it’s well hidden.
2) If you light an area in the distance (for example, an area beyond your hall), the eye focuses on it. This increases the sense of space. If the garden is lit beyond the conservatory, the eye is drawn to it. Otherwise, the glass acts like a mirror, reflecting everything within.
3) The key to a successful lighting scheme is to design it at the earliest stage of building, in ideal – at the same time as the plumbing. In any case, you’ll need to consider your furniture layout, as well as the pictures or mirrors on the walls.
4) Don’t be afraid to use modern effects in a traditional room: add appropriate period pieces, such as a wall sconce or lantern. Use modern light sources to highlight any architectural features or displays on shelves.
5) If you’re using low-voltage downlights, try not to make a symmetrical ceiling layout or your room may look more like an office than a home. Instead, think about what you want to emphasize and focus the light in the centre of a picture or over a dining table.
6) Always provide ample sockets in the corners of living rooms, because additional lighting is very often needed. Be careful not to add too many lamps, though, or your room will look a lighting shop. Light from an uplighter hidden behind the furniture makes the room seem brighter.
7) Plan a lighting scheme in three steps: first the task lighting for reading or sewing; then the general lighting in the room; and finally, the feature lighting to create your main design interest and focus.
8) In the kitchen, angle the downlights on to specific things, such as shelves, since the reflected light is softer than floor-directed lights and is better to work by. Avoid direct downlight over people’s heads, thought it’s fine centered on a kitchen island.
9) Install dimmers so you can change the mood in the room. Put lamps on one circuit and downlights on another.
10) Design your room scheme so that the light comes from more than one source, layering the effect in the same way that an interior designer interweaves fabrics and textures. It’s a good idea to mix different types of lighting in the same room – a combination of downlights and uplights or table lamps and downlights.