If there is one thing that completely changes the look of a boring room then it has to be the lighting. You can have the most lifeless and dullest room in the world but with a few clever lighting tweaks, you can bring it back to life. But lighting is not just about fitting some lights and lighting fixtures in the room. It is much more than that.
So to help you make the most out of your room’s interior design, we have come up with some easy lighting design tips. Here they are-
Know the Room Type
Even before buying the lights, make sure understand the room type. Bedroom lighting is completely different than living room lighting. Similarly, lights in the dining area will have a different take than the bathroom.
The bedroom should have dimmer lights to make it soothing and comforting. It’s all about the atmosphere.
The brightest light in the dining area should be over the table. Indirect glows and lights are better in this area.
This is the liveliest room so go and play with the lights but make sure the whole room is lighted properly. Natural light is great for living rooms.
Design in Layers
If you make the place feel special, then light in layers and zones. There are three main layers – ambient lighting, task lighting, accent and decorative lighting.
Ambient fills the room. Generally, they are placed overhead in the form of recessed lights or chandeliers.
Task lighting is, well…. Task-specific. A study lamp is a good example.
Decorative lights are focused on other design elements like drawers, paintings etc.
Play with all of them and see what looks best to you.
Pendants are Fun
These are the super cool lights that hang from the ceiling. They are traditionally used in kitchens but you can also use them in the bedroom for an added element. You can easily find them in most online lighting shops. They are available in many different shapes and sizes so you try different designs to fit your room type.
Hide Whenever Possible
The key to that glowy and dreamy look is hiding the light source. Reflected lighting is better for design. Use covers, diffusers or coves to hide the light source and make it softer.
Plan with a Filled Room
You are going to fill the room with the furniture and other parts so never plan your lighting in an empty room. Lighting should come at last when everything is in place.
If you don’t want to stare at the lights all day and night then use lights with dimming controls. There are smart lights out there which can be controlled with your smartphone allowing you to customize the lighting to your needs. You can also create multiple zones so you can control many light elements with a single touch.
Make it Cohesive
One last note, make sure that all the fixtures, lights and design elements come out as cohesive. They should complement each other and should not clash. A modern minimalist light fixture should not be placed with Victorian-style furniture. Simple as that.