Four Rules for Lighting Your Home Effectively
Good lighting can make or break your interior design, emphasizing the positive architectural aspects of your home, allowing you to perform tasks efficiently and easily, and creating an ambiance that suits the effect that you’re trying to achieve. Proper lighting provides versatility, functionality, aesthetic beauty, and a ‘wow’ factor that can’t be achieved in any other way. Here are the four rules for lighting your home effectively.
Maximize natural light
Natural light is the best friend of any interior designer, professional or amateur. The fact that light is actually used for treating mood disorders is testament to its importance for the effect of your decor on your day-to-day life. Work out which windows let in the most light and augment it with daytime lighting to stop the space getting dim and gloomy on overcast days. Minimize window dressing and opt for matte fabrics and finishes in spaces that don’t have good natural light, as this will maximize what you do have.
Consider the color emphasis
Artificial light generally comes in two spectra: red and yellow, or blue and green. Generally, the red and yellow create warm, tonal light that emphasizes comfort and familiarity, whereas blue and green light creates more contrast in a space and creates a clearer tone that can be more serene and minimalist. Make sure to choose the one that works with your color scheme and the overall theme and effect you’re aiming for.
Make it functional
Lighting generally falls into three categories: general lighting, which creates overall background illumination; accent lighting, which emphasizes particular features of a room; and task lighting, which illuminates a particular area for functional purposes and makes a space safe. Generally, most areas should include all three in balance. For example, a kitchen might have an overhead central light fitting, over-counter worktop lights, and focus light on a statement piece or in a cozy corner to create atmosphere. Plan your lighting out in advance and layer up the three elements to maximize both aesthetic and practical elements. Consider DIY LED lighting, which is versatile and good for use in any space.
Light right for your size
You can make a small room seem bigger by lighting the corners of the space, and not leaving corners in shadow. Use vertical beams of light, either up-lighting or down-lighting, as opposed to horizontal or circular focus, in order to create a sense of height.