As a designer, it's been my goal to educate my clients on the importance of lighting for their spaces. I find that people don't put much thought into what will light up their rooms. They prefer to spend their time and energy on resourcing kitchen cabinets, counters, tiles, furniture, art, etc. That's all fine and dandy but how will you get the most impact out of each of these items in your space? By using the proper lighting in the proper location of course.
Lighting is an important aspect of interior design as it enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the mood and ambiance of a living space. Lighting fixtures that illuminate a room create a safe and comfortable environment besides adding style to the interior décor. Light is the main element that gives the room a special look and transforms it into a seamless combination of functionality and style. Besides playing a functional role, it creates a visually dynamic space. Lighting can make or break the ambiance of a room. Hence proper lighting is an important element of designing your homes.
Without proper lighting, interior architecture cannot be experienced to the fullest. Good lighting assures a warm, inviting and functional atmosphere in your home. Hence the selection of proper lighting is the key element in interior design as it enhances everything in a room - from the furniture, flooring, fittings to the finishes and textures. Creative use of lighting can, in fact, embellish your decorating project. Implement different types of lighting to make your home a beautiful showcase. The light fittings and lamps chosen to complement the style and décor of the room have a potential to give life to your space. Yes, selection of the right lighting can help you achieve a perfect balance between style, comfort, and practicality in creating aesthetically beautiful yet functional interiors.
Types of lighting to create beautiful interiors:
There're many ways in which lighting can be implemented in a room to create beautiful interiors.
1. Ambient lighting can brighten and enhance the glow of a room. Wall sconces can render an ambient lighting effect. Using dimmer switches can also alter the ambiance of the room to achieve the look and feel you desire.
2. Accent lighting highlights the architectural features of a home like the walls and objects in the room. Halogen spotlights and table lamps create accent effect lighting. Accent lighting can be implemented to project and show off a piece of art or a photography.
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Photo of Hotelier Ian Schrager hotel. Deisigned by Rockwell Group
3. Task lighting incorporated in interior design provides localized lighting in special task areas. This is generally used in work spaces to aid you in performing your daily tasks. Where as aesthetic lighting is like a piece of decorative art and is used purely to embellish the decor of your rooms. Hanging lights over the dining tables can perfectly compliment the decor of your rooms. Recessed lighting is preferred by most home owners as it provides good illumination without affecting the interior décor of the room. Task lighting can be incorporated with accent lighting to create simply beautiful interiors.