The beauty of natural light is a gift most of us tend to take for granted. This self-generated form of light is not only eye pleasing, but can be very beneficial when used properly in your home. Natural sunlight fills your home with bright, pure light. It has also been proven to increase productivity levels, brighten your mood, and lighten your attitude. In addition, it illuminates without using electricity, saving you money! Designers often use visions from nature as inspiration in order to create lighting artistry. The diversity of natural light and the magical effects it creates can be reproduced indoors and make your home one of a kind. Sophisticated lighting tools are readily available.
When guests walk through a professionally designed home, they are often fascinated by unique wall colors, window treatments, furnishings, and floor coverings. Rarely will visitors notice the lighting that accents each of these elements. Correct lighting techniques can make a great impact when used properly. For instance, lighting can make a small room appear large and spacious, while giving a large room a cozy and intimate feel. It can create high energy vibes for entertaining, or portray a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy after a stressful day.
Three Basic Types of Lighting
There are three basic types of lighting: general, task, and accent or feature lighting. Knowledge of lighting types and tools creates a platform for creative ideas.
General lighting (ambient light) provides overall brightness essential for everyday use and is extremely versatile. Placing a dimmer switch on this type of lighting provides flexibility and saves energy. The best-designed lighting plans create richness and depth emphasizing textures and enhancing dimension.
Task lighting is used for specific purposes such as applying make-up, reading a book or sewing. It helps greatly in seeing when you are working on a document, painting a portrait, or in any situation where a brightened area is needed. Some believe that good lighting of this type reduces eyestrain and stress.
Accent or feature lighting is layers of light that accentuates architectural elements of a room or space, or a specific item such as a particular piece of furniture or even a centerpiece on a table.
Slowly layering the three types of lighting will create balance and harmony, transforming a two-dimensional (ordinary) space into a sensational one. For example, lighting several surfaces simultaneously brings interiors instantly to life. Seek out lighting options that you like and that you can replicate in your own home.
Dramatic Emphasis: Six Main Tools For Gentle Illumination
In addition to types of lighting, there are various tools that you can use to gently illuminate any room or space.
Down lighting: Down lighting is a type of lighting method that is specific and direct. Lighting in this way is usually ceiling or wall mounted, and is frequently used to highlight artwork or create a soft, calming mood.
Up lighting: If you are seeking to establish a lighting effect that washes the ceiling and reflects back into the room giving a diffused effect, then you want to use up lighting. This type of light can be a free standing or a wall mounted fixture.
Wall washers: A wall washing effect developed with light casts light evenly across and down a wall. Fixtures can be ceiling or wall mounted.
Decorative Lighting: Typically used in traditional spaces, decorative lighting can be combined with modern designs as part of an overall scheme. For example, light from a fireplace or candles are forms of decorative lighting, both of which are unsurpassed tools for creating atmosphere.
Color – Using different colors in a room or space set moods and can be dramatic for areas such as foyers and other featured portions of your home. Blues and greens provide a calming effect while reds and oranges liven up a space.
Control: The last tool in a skillfully used lighting scheme is controlling light. Lighting systems that are on separate circuits, preset controls and dimmer switches are instrumental for instantly transforming bright and airy rooms into dramatic or intimate spaces.
Whatever space you are trying to create, do not forget about lighting. Lighting that provides you with options, such as brightening or dimming, gives you the flexibility to use an area in different ways.