One of the most overlooked aspects of architecture and design is light. When was the last time you stopped to wonder whether your home was letting in enough natural light, or whether your living room would benefit from a combination of electronic lights, rather than a bog standard bulb in the middle of the ceiling. Adding light into your home is important, but equally as important is ensuring that light is added in a way that compliments the structure and design of your home.
Creative & Strategic Thinking
When designing the construction or reconstruction of a home, light must be taken into strong consideration and considered creatively. Architectures must think strategically about every aspect of the home’s design in connotation to light, in order for as much natural light to shine through the house as possible. For example, skylights are fantastic ways of improving the light stream for your home.
The placement of electronic lights in rooms should also be done strategically.
A room’s purpose is also important when determining lighting.
While they might not quite be optical illusions, there are a number of lighting tricks that can be practiced to make a room seem larger and taller. For example, using vertical light beams make a room seem taller than it actually is, as does hanging pendant lights low.
Furthermore, when light is bounced onto the ceiling and walls, a room can look bigger and this can be done through the use of uplighters. Meanwhile, panels of light draw in your sight, and so when placed at one end of the room, make the space appear longer. One of the best ways to make a room seem larger than it is can be a simple technique of lighting each corner of the room.
Understand the Different Effects Created By Different Types of Lighting
Many people often choose their lighting by which particular lighting design would look best. This pays little consideration to the different effects generated by different types of lighting. For example, ambient lighting when used on its own, merely creates a dull, bland and flat effect. Accent lighting on the other hand, adds shape and depth to the effects of ambient lighting through giving focus, shape and texture.
The key is to mix it up and have a variety of different types of lighting all working in unison with one another. A lot will depend on the design of your living room and companies such as Lampcommerce can help you with this.
Your kitchen should have a lot of daylight spreading through it so that you can see sufficiently when cooking – a matter of importance for health and safety reasons. It is therefore also important that you have plenty of electronic light sources to light up the whole of your kitchen at night.
You won’t want your kitchen to seem cramped either and so using some of the tricks already mentioned in this article to help make it seem larger than it is, would be a good idea.
A light coloured kitchen – birch or pale laminate – is always the best choice, as this will make it seem brighter and bigger.