Friday, November 22, 2013
Lighting is an often-overlooked aspect of the design of any home, but in truth, it can make or break your interiors.
The wrong lighting can make the different colors in your room look downright horrible, but good lighting, on the other hand, will enhance room interiors and create focus and depth.
The ambiance of your room, whether dark and moody or bright and cheery, will depend on the lighting you choose.
Here are some tips for creating ambiance with the mere use of lighting.
One of the hottest trends in lighting design today is indirect lighting. This is often seen in the use of cove lighting on the ceiling and walls, lighting on the sides of niches and wall murals, and backlit acrylic or glass designs. These treatments add flair to any room. There is also a certain simplicity to cove lighting treatments, and this can be a quick modern update for any style of interiors.
Using spotlights to focus on an artwork or an accent wall is a great way to create drama in any room. Spotlights also become more dramatic if the general area is not as brightly lit, but of course, this would have to work well with what kind of room you’re working on. Bright lighting is necessary for bathrooms and kitchens, since these are areas where most home accidents usually happen. Keep your spotlights in the foyer, living and dining areas.
For more flexibility in your lighting design, use dimmers. This way, you can create the specific ambiance you want at any given time with just the turn of the dial. Dimmers are great for dining rooms, where you can have the option of a more intimate dining experience.
The secret to good color rendition for home interiors is the use of warm white lighting. Yellow lights can drown out the colors in the room and make it look old and drab. On the other hand, cool white lighting is too harsh and will draw attention to unnecessary elements; it can even be unflattering on your skin tone. So the next time you replace your bulbs, choose warm white lighting. - Aislinn Kee