Don’t forget the lighting!

 

Although it is one of the most important aspects of interior design, lighting is often one of the most overlooked in renovation plans.

You’ve refinished your home with beautiful flooring, furniture, and even decorations; you want all of your hard work the chance to be appreciated. This is where great lighting comes in.

When considering the final mood and ambiance of your living space, lighting is an essential factor. Lighting should be chosen based on the activities that will be taking place in that space. Most rooms serve a variety of functions, in addition to design considerations; usability is the best compliment to space well finished.

Ambient Lighting

The concept of layering lighting in your home is an important factor to provide convenience and a natural ambiance for daily activities. In your living room, this is especially important since this is where your family will spend the most time. Move away from unflattering recessed downward lighting, and focus on lighting that bounces off the ceiling. This creates unique and flattering light illustrations and brightness, where recessed lights often leave shadows.

Ambient lighting naturally plays off the human tendency to perceive light in vertical planes. In order to accomplish this, focus on the light that washes the walls, such as soffit or valance lighting. If you prefer recessed or track lighting, direct them towards the walls or utilize upward facing globes.

Add dimension and convenience to common rooms with individual task lighting. This can be provided through the table and adjustable lamps place in easy to reach areas such as near sitting chairs and tables.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is meant to focus on various architectural elements in your home, such as a painting, sculpture, plant, bookcase or fireplace. Up-lights can be placed on the floor to accent a plant while track lighting is popular for artwork. When lighting an art collection, however, heat and brightness must be considered.

Dimmers are a popular feature in accent lighting, allowing control over balances and soffit through wall switches or keypads. In addition to having more control over the vibes and ambiance in your home, dimmers allow control over the energy flow and efficiency of your lighting during certain activities.

Lighting Placement

When you focus on your lighting’s design within a room, you have to consider what types of activities that are going to take place within that room. Your daily activities will often influence your choice of lighting and placement.