Lighting is one of the most important features in a home. It’s a powerful tool: it can change the mood and even how the space is perceived in both size and function.
Using the right type of home lighting, placing them and landing on a colour is a difficult task as it is – and that’s before you take into consideration the differing levels of natural light that will shine or shade on certain areas throughout the day. To create a harmonious, effortlessly fluid lighting design, though, can be crucial.
Certain types of lighting help to illuminate the walls and ceilings, giving the illusion that they’re bigger or smaller, depending on how they’re used. Wall lights can add length and size to an entry hall, as well as act as a guidance for the flow of the home.
Here, we explore three forms of lighting that can transform an area.
Task lighting helps you to perform specific tasks like reading, preparing or cooking food, homework (for the kids… Or the mature students!), working or simply using the laptop or computer.
It can be best achieved with under-cabinet LED lighting in the kitchen, or floor or desk lamps elsewhere. Balance the light: it should be bright enough to prevent eyestrain and help you to safely perform your task.
Mood lighting uses different tones and colours of light, as well as different levels of brightness, with the aim of influencing the atmosphere of a room. In many cases, it uses soft, warm light to induce a feeling of calm and relaxation. Anyone who’s been in a room with poor ambient lighting will know it well: no home should feel like an operating theatre!
As part of an interior design scheme, accent lighting is used to draw the eye to plants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions.
It can also be used to highlight the textures on walls.
To be effective, accent lighting requires as least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it.