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Using Light Effectively: Lighting is very important in your design planning. The overall design, how it affects your mood and where to place it for the best appeal. What type of lighting will you use when decorating effectively with lighting? Do you want an eclectic look, contemporary look, an art deco look or maybe you’re into the rustic western look? Choosing your lighting style is very important and personal.
When choosing your lamps remember what you’re using the space for. Poor light will cause eye strain if you are working in an office or in your kitchen. Kitchens do better with recessed lighting so you have a flood of light for cooking and reading cookbooks. On a kitchen Island you could hang pendant lights overhead which will light the area without taking up room on the island surface however if your island is big you could us small decorative lamps on each side for a more interesting look. Also, under cabinet lighting is very effective for evenly distributing light into darker corners.
Dinning room lighting can be a little less bright at times for setting the mood, however you may need it brighter when setting your table, so a dimmer switch would work fantastic. Depending on the lighting it can lift up your spirits or make you more relaxed. How you place your Lighting will definitely affect your emotions and finish off the overall look of your space.
When decorating a room you should have a mixture of different lighting fixtures, overhead lighting, lamps either table or floor lamps, They each play a significant part in you’re decorating plan. We call this layering your light. Depending on the variations of Lamps you will transform your room. In an office the right kind of light will lift your spirits, motivate you and inspire you to produce more efficiently.
In the bedroom you may want to hang a decorative light over head in the middle of the room for those times you are cleaning or when more task lighting is needed. Then a “mood light”, I like to call it, maybe bedside table lamps when you want less intense light in the room, maybe a desk lamp if you have a desk in the room.
In the living room you would definitely have table lamps and a touchier floor lamp so the light bounces off the ceiling for a more serene feel to the room. Wall lights over top of a painting to illuminate it better, especially if it is the painting you are decorating your room around. Even a candle or two will give you a more romantic ambiance to the room. Creating contrast is the point, layering different lighting in your room will create the atmosphere you want and bring a feel of tranquility and harmony to the space, beginning in the center of the room and working outward toward the outer walls of the room.
The Room’s Location: Depending on the location of the room you’re lighting plan will be different. South-facing rooms need less light than a North-facing room. Recessed lighting against a north-facing wall can illuminate the room giving the look of natural light flooding in. This can be done where a living room doesn’t let much light in or if the windows are small. A chandelier will decorate a room beautifully when placed in the center of the ceiling again put a dimmer switch in place of the regular light switch so you can brighten or dim the lighting for the effective mood. If you have a fireplace in the living room as a focal point, put sconces on each side to bring out the beautiful features of the fireplace.
In bedrooms bedside lamps are a must for reading. Just an overhead light may be too intense and you want a more subtle feel to the room. Even a pair of sconces on each side of the bed would be an interesting and decorative feature.
South-facing rooms are a little different in the daytime there are lots of natural light streaming in. However, keeping in mind night lighting and decorative lighting are still an essential element of you’re decorating plan. So again take a look at where your room is situated and how you want it to look and then place you’re lighting plan accordingly.
Bathroom lighting is another essential requirement. Lights around your mirror or over your mirror is essential for putting on make-up, shaving, or brushing and curling your hair. You may want a luxurious spa-like feel, by installing a beautiful sculpted floor lamp or maybe a motion sensing light that floods the room with light when you walk in. Under the cabinet lighting that will have a more subtle feel to the room. if, the bathroom is a windowless room you will need to accommodate that by adding lighting to produce a look of natural light. Lighting needs to be planned to fit your lifestyle.
Lightening Up Dark Corners: Consider for a moment how a darker corner feels or looks especially if it’s empty, it seems awkward. What can you do to brighten it up and make that corner feel like part of the room and not just a lost unimpressive spot? Lighting is one way. An oversize floor lamp can do the trick, make a reading area a big overstuffed comfy chair that has texture and pattern to it with all the colors of your room’s color scheme, a small table beside the chair and you have yourself a beautiful, warm, and inviting area that calls to you, “come sit here and relax”. That is much more appealing and compliments the space better than a dark corner.
Let’s take an office area in your home, what would you do to decorate it? Here’s a few pictures that shows some ideas of where to place your lighting fixture plan.
Above is an office where the owner used overhead floating can lighting. there is plenty of lighting for the work area.
Here is a board room with overhead recessed lighting and pendant lighting which gives a more refined feel to the room however there is also inset lighting overhead that gives a subtle feel to the room. There is enough lighting that won’t strain the eyes.
Below is a custom designed home office notice the recessed lighting over head. The desk is right in front of the window to get the most out of the natural light in the daytime.
Remember why you are using this room, it’s an office. In this room, you will be using a computer, writing notes, paying invoices, or maybe you will conduct interviews or meetings. All this requires a certain type of lighting environment. Where do you need more light when do you need less? So plan your lighting fixtures accordingly.
Types of Lighting: There are 3 main types of interior lighting: general or ambient, Task Lighting, and accent. Each has an essential part to play in your space planning.
General Lighting or Ambient Lighting:
This is lighting that provides overall lighting, along with the accent lighting in the room. It gives you a comfortable and relaxed, safe feeling. Chandeliers, ceiling lights, or track lights which gives you the basics for seeing in your home. Or office This is what we decorators call fundamental lighting.
This type of lighting allows you to perform tasks such as in kitchens, hobbies, or homework. Track lighting, pendant lighting, and table lamps help you do this. This type of lighting should be bright enough as not to strain the eyes by glare or light that is too dim.
This type of lighting creates drama and visual interest. Accent lighting does require more light, and is used on a focal point like a painting or prized sculpture, and is very effective for setting a mood, romantic setting or a calm relaxing setting.
In this photo above the lights around the mirrors and down the center are essential, giving better lighting for specific tasks.
Types of Lighting Fixtures:There are thousands of different designs and styles of lighting fixtures to choose from.
Fluorescent lighting for industrial, contemporary to stone sculpted, crystal chandeliers to rustic wagon wheel fixtures. No matter what your decorating style may be, here is enough to choose from that will enhance the decorative theme you want to achieve.
Recessed lighting above in the ceiling, with Old English lamp-lighter style pendant lights over the island.
Under The Cabinet Lighting: This is usually wired in before the cabinets are installed along portions of the underside off the cabinets or if the cabinets are installed already they can be bought to plug into an outlet. There is also puck lighting that can be installed the same way or you can buy the battery operated pucks.
Below are a few photos of different lighting fixtures.
Beautiful Vintage crystal table lamp
Here is an interesting way to use these fun decorative novelty table lamps on a kitchen island instead of overhead pendant lighting.
Table Lamps: come in all shapes, colours, and sizes. Each has its proper place. Small lamps for smaller areas and taller for larger areas. Small lamps could be used sitting on each side of a fireplace mantle instead of sconces for a different look. Of course in a reading nook, you would want a taller lamp or a floor lamp.
Floor Lamps: A great way to fill a dark corner as mentioned previously an oversized floor lamp or beside an armchair instead of a table lamp if the area is too small to put a table and table lamp.
This contemporary floor lamp is very simple in style and function, but elegant.
Above Pendant Lighting was installed for a contemporary look, I like the variety of different shapes arranged together, the combination is unique and adds interest to the dining area.
Above a contemporary light fixture above the Island.
Here is a beautiful light fixture they installed in the Amsterdam Grand Hotel.
the design and architecture of this grand hotel is phenomenal.
Layering your lighting fixtures for optimal light requirements is essential. Upper room lighting, middle of the room lighting, and lower room lighting this is what we call layering. The type of light bulbs you use is also essential in producing the light you need for the purpose you are using it for. White light contains all the colours of the spectrum. Coloured light reflects into the room and changes the mood. A phenomenon that is quite amazing is if you were to shine a white light into a red room all the colours would be eliminated except the red. Light will also be filtered and coloured through objects and materials.
Hard Wired Lights: These light fixtures are fixed to a surface wired to an electrical box, and would require an electrician to install.
Mobile Lamps: Tables lamps or floor lamps that are plugged into a wall plug, which no electrician is needed.
Decorative Lighting:decorative lighting like sconces which again need an electrician to install.
Create The Atmosphere You want: For a relaxed atmosphere use even and low contrast like a ceiling light and wall lights like sconces, stay away from symmetry combine different styles and use ambient lighting. Watch out for glare for that will cause eyestrain as well as too little light. For a more formal feel use balance and symmetry, a central light fixture the same style for all lighting fixtures to create a logical and hierarchy of light. Romantic, use table lamps for a more subdued glow, keeping the outer walls darker and focus the light on the people in the room by placing lights lower. Creative Lighting, use a combination of different interesting shapes as in the picture above that create a modern look to the space you can use vivid colours as well to even add more interest.
Establish The Theme You Want: The theme you want to achieve depends on your taste. Style: decide on the style you want to create it could be a modern style or a traditional style. It just depends on how you want your space to look. The Material: Stainless Steel, bronze, wood, copper, rod Iron. There are many to choose from. Personality: What is your personal like, what do you see when you dream of a room you want to sit in, entertain in, read in, or cook in. It depends on you, your lifestyle, your family. Shape: The shape of your lighting fixtures builds the character of the room, this is the profile of the fixture, curvy or straight, thick or streamlined, old-world, or modern contemporary. Activating your lighting is very important as well using different switches can be a deciding factor inconvenience. Do you need one switch or two, dimmer switch for flexibility?
The Type Of Room: Whether you are planning an open concept where you can see the kitchen from the living room or a bathroom your lighting plan needs to be conducive to that room and do what it is supposed to do. You have to keep your whole look cohesive from room to room. Make sure your lighting fixtures relate to your theme, style, era, finish, and shape. Try to tie everything into your plan when designing your room, right down to the type of area rug you put in the room, the colours and the style. The size must be relative to the size of the room. If your light fixture is too small for the room it will definitely not look right and if you’re like me it will bug you to no end. uniform is the key.
Above this grand hallway takes two huge chandeliers to balance the space, if these were small pendant lights it would not work.
So be careful when choosing your fixtures, stay plan within the height, width, length, and depth of the room.
Conclusion: Everything you do in space planning your room counts. Bringing everything together so it looks balanced, functional, eye-catching and coordinated is very important. Choosing colours, lighting, accessories, fabric, texture all brings your room together in a very eye-pleasing way, there should be a flow in your design, where you walk into the room and go AWWW this is what I was hoping for and it is so beautiful. Decorating a room is a creative, personal, and exciting project, however, there is a science to doing it correctly, but nothing to be afraid of if you remember the few rules of thumb I explained. Function: what will I be using the room for? Style: How do I want it to look? Theme: What type of look do I want to create? Color: What colours will suit me and make me feel good in this room? These are the questions you want to ask yourself when you are planning your decorating project. Email me at the email address on the website, if you have any questions, I will be glad to help.
Best wishes in your decorating journey, Leealary
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