Today – simple ideas for illuminating the home
It may sound a little like a pun, but lighting really does set the tone for a room. It makes perfect sense when you think about it, too – consider the lighting at your workplace, compared to that in a library.
Illuminating the home
Lighting, to the eyes, is like what background music is to the ears. Just as you wouldn’t expect loud metal music to be blaring out in a countryside tearoom, you wouldn’t usually find dim reading lamps at a warehouse rave. Here are some simple ideas for getting the lighting just right in your home.
Understanding the layers of lighting
Interior design website The Spruce breaks lighting down into three key categories. These are ambient lighting (natural light and ‘main’ lights), task lighting (including floor lamps and table lamps) and accent lighting (dimmer switches, candles and decorative lights).
Addressing these three layers of lighting, individually and in order, can help you to create the ideal lighting scheme in any room. You can subsequently aim for shadow in some areas and brightness in others, creating genuine, individual character from room to room.
Choosing the right tools
With the above in mind, you can then set about choosing the right lighting options for your room. If you want to add natural light primarily, consider the careful placement of mirrors to add some extra depth to the space.
Next, however, comes choosing the vibrant (or understated) centrepiece to your lighting design. Will it be something traditional, extravagant, modern or unusual? For a wide choice of living room ceiling lights design, check out the likes of Pagazzi for an abundance of choice to suit practically any style. With this centrepiece in place, going on to choose the right extras will be far simpler.
Assigning the right task
So, when it comes to the step of choosing task lighting, the question to ask is: what will you be using this room for? If it’s a living room, no doubt you’ll be doing plenty of different things in there, so opt for lamps with dimmer switches or floor lamps that can be easily moved from place to place.
If the room is for eating (or cooking, for that matter), brightness is important, and you may want to accentuate certain areas of the room with counter or recessed lights. Now, you’ve already got two layers of lighting working together, before moving on to add the final flourish that brings everything to life (or perhaps ‘light’, in this instance!).
Accentuating the environment
The last layer of lighting is what really sets your rooms apart. You could add subtle touches to shelves, cabinets and furniture, or even have an array of candles lined up to create the right mood at a certain time.
A good example of accent lighting is an LED mirror. Agreed, this isn’t for everyone and can look a little tacky (although this may be exactly the look you’re going for!).
Ultimately, this final step is about individualising your lighting scheme. How do you want the room to look and feel at any given time? Are there any ornaments or accessories you want to highlight? Think of this final layer as adding the finishing touches to a painting – you’ve created it from scratch, but it’s up to you when it’s finally ready for exhibition.
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