How Creative Lighting can Transform your Home

One aspect of interior design average people often overlook is the lighting. However, designers understand that the lighting scheme is one of the most important design elements of any space. Thankfully, there are many options available to use creatively in ways that can transform any residence or business. Every room has far more potential than might have been thought, simply by adjusting the interior lighting scheme design.

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Modern Lighting Schemes

Various kinds of lighting techniques can be used to set the atmosphere and create the tone for a room. The key to understanding how to use them is to find the most relevant types and ensure that they function well for the purpose intended. For instance, natural light by the windows would be great for daytime reading, which is why a chair or desk placed in that area works very well. As nightfall approaches, ambient lighting could be used to make it easier to concentrate, but still have a softer effect than harsh fluorescent lights.In certain parts of a room, functional lighting may be placed throughout for various purposes. For instance, use softer lights up above that dim for a more soothing effect against stronger lamps on end tables for spotlighting.Kitchens may incorporate natural task lighting to mimic outdoor light for a clean, fresh approach, while utility rooms use glare free compact fluorescent lights. Open floor plans could use several different types of lighting in various parts of the rooms. Perhaps there would be a mix of LED spot lights along with main voltage lamps that create texture and depth in the space.

Integrated Light

Good lighting designs are meant to use the proper kind of light that fits into the right positions. A great rule of thumb is to focus upon the function for each fitting. If there is nothing specific, consider eliminating that type of light from the scheme.


Natural daylight possesses a difficult to replicate schematic. For instance, the intensity and quality of light on a good day from the North Pole and from the Southern Ocean is quite bright. In certain climates, weather affects how much true natural light is perceived. This is why natural light in specific regions can appear grey, flat and dull.

At various parts of the dwelling, natural light filtering through a skylight or a door offers a way to provide ample light during the daytime hours. By contrast, artificial light comes in all intensities and hues and is great for replacing natural light sources when necessary.

Mood and Balance

The correct balance between task and mood lighting is essential for any space. This is what will set the tone for the environment. While technological lighting developments continue to make it easier to replicate natural light, that light still has different properties and plays different roles. The best way to determine which types of lighting to place throughout the environment is to experiment with them against the natural light sources.

Lighting can easily allow the personality of homeowners to shine through. It also exposes aesthetic details, making furnishings appear more sumptuous, flooring more opulent and the entire space more luxurious, relaxing or intriguing. Therefore, getting the lighting right is an essential aspect of getting the most out of every space.

 
As a trained artist, author Molly Pearce knows the value of good light in a space, especially natural sunlight. She gets online inspiration and renovation ideas from experts like Greg Martineau, a retailer and installer of custom windows and doors.

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