Lighting a room can seem easy enough – plug in a few lamps, maybe a mixture between desk lamps and floor lamps to evenly light the space, and voilà. This might work as a quick fix or a temporary solution, but it isn’t the right way to think about how light interacts with a room.
There are many aspects to consider when lighting a room, including the flow of space, the kind of atmosphere and ambiance light creates, and how the light interacts with the other elements of the room, all of which can sometimes be overlooked or flat out ignored. If lighting becomes an afterthought, the design of the room can fall flat or can seem uninviting. Carefully considering the lighting in a room can make all the difference when it comes time to redecorate.
Here are some tips and tricks on how to attain the right atmosphere in your home.
Make a plan
The difference between luxury and professional design and amateur design is making sure everything in the space is considered. In order to do this well, it’s wise to make a plan before beginning to redesign and furnish the room. If the goal is luxury design, whether it’s for a kitchen, bathroom, or even a closet, this step is crucial. Working with a company like studiohausinc.com can help with this process, as they provide a detailed plan and 3D renderings to help complete the design.
Create a mini brief or plan to plot out the lighting scheme for the space by thinking about what the room will be used for. Ask questions like what kinds of activities will take place, what key features in the room should be highlighted, and if there are any architectural boundaries or barriers that should be taken into account. Also, consider what colors are in the room, as the color temperature of the lights can drastically alter the colors that already exist.
Be aware of where shadows fall
Placing a light in the wrong spot can actually cause more problems than solutions. The placement of lights can dramatically change how the space can be interacted with. For example, when lighting a bathroom, it’s more ideal to have light sconces on either side of a mirror rather than directly above the mirror, because the lights can cast an unwanted shadow on the face of the person using the mirror. Similarly in the kitchen, poor lighting placements can put counter spaces in shadow, making it difficult to use the area properly. Understanding where the light will fall can have a significant impact on the functionality of the room once redecorating is complete.
Layer your lighting
In order to create ambiance and interest in a room, there need to be different layers. The same way adding different textures makes a room more exciting, layering lighting can make the most of a room’s size. Hanging pendants can create an illusion of height in a smaller room, while clusters of lighting can make large rooms seem cozy.
Carefully consider the bulb
Often, the bulbs are an afterthought. They should be considered just as much as any other lighting element because they can affect the end result. Think about what kind of style a bulb can offer, the energy efficiency level, the brightness, and the target atmosphere. A bulb can be the difference between a luxurious statement piece and an everyday, run-of-the-mill fixture.