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The Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

Lighting is one of the most important aspects in interior design, yet it is often overlooked. Lighting can transform your room and so it is important to give careful consideration to the style and the function of your lighting to achieve the most desirable effect. The type of lighting and its placement in the room works in partnership with your selected colour schemes, fabrics, and furniture to produce an overall mood. Lighting also helps to bring out the best of these elements. As well as altering the mood, lighting can also affect the perceived size of the room. It is important that you consider what effect and what purpose you want your room to fulfil, so that you can select and install the lighting most fitting. This article introduces readers to different types of lighting, and their purpose, giving you insight for your next interior design project.

Natural light

In interior design, it can be easy to overlook making use of the resources already available to you. It is perhaps not surprising then, that artificial lighting is usually thought of before natural light. However, it is important to consider the natural light available and how you can optimise it for your purpose; both in terms of practicality and style. Having said this, even if the natural lighting does not lend itself to your purpose, there is so much that artificial lighting can help you to achieve.

Different types of artificial lighting

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is usually used to highlight, thus draw attention to, a particular design element or object in a room. This may include highlighting a statue, plant, painting, or photograph. However, if you also have a fabric or texture that deserves attention, accent lighting can be useful in creating visual interest. It is recommended that accent lighting be three times as bright as the surrounding general light for it to be most effective. Using halogen or table lamps can be great ways to create an accent lighting effect.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is used where you need to perform specific tasks and thus additional lighting is required. These tasks may include grooming, cooking, and reading. It is therefore often a good idea to consider them in the bathroom, kitchen, and office space. The aim is to illuminate areas where more intense light is needed. Task lighting is required in these conditions where special localised light is necessary to avoid eye strain. Task lighting should also be free of distracting shadows and glares.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting brightens the room and enhances the mood you are trying to create. Also known as general lighting, it lights a room for practicality and safety. However ambient lights also provide the room with an overall illumination to compliment the other lights in the room. The lights bounce off the walls and floors to create as much light as possible. However, dimmer switches can also be installed which allow you to alter the brightness and thus mood you are attempting to create.

This article gives a brief insight into the basics of lighting in interior design.

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