Contributed article in our office design series. Enjoy! – Kimberly
When designing a room that meets your requirements and desires, lighting is the last touch that makes all the difference. A perfectly arranged piece of furniture falls short if it is not properly illuminated. In order to achieve a sense of warmth and coziness in your home, you must create the right atmosphere in every room.
I wanted to experiment with something original and creative. I contacted LF Illumination, who provided some useful tips on how to successfully use the magic of light to enhance my home.
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I learned the following:
Make sure to use natural light whenever possible
You’re best off using natural light. Consider allowing natural light as much as possible into your home to enrich the space, without investing heavily in artificial sources that, in reality, can never completely replace nature.
Whenever you install a brand-new light source, you should first consider your options for natural lighting. Invest in new, larger windows and buy drapes in brighter colors to let the sunshine in.
Unfortunately, you can’t gain more natural light without some major alterations and renovations, so artificial light is a viable alternative.
Keep functionality in mind
Think about all the activities you perform in each room and select the appropriate light for that purpose. If you are cooking, reading, or engaging in any hobby that requires focus, you need a powerful and concentrated light source, which can be provided by built-in ceilings or cabinets with downlights overhanging.
Lights for reading don’t have to be in one place. Instead, you can use a good desk lamp that you can move around. Or, you can use a suitable spot on the floor near your favorite couch that will both provide light for reading and create a cozy atmosphere.
There’s more fun in layers
With a variety of lights, you can create different atmospheres based on the company and topics discussed. It is entirely up to you how many lamps you use, whether you use a single lamp or a few scattered throughout. Everything depends on your taste, and the mood you want to convey with the lighting. The most prominent light source in a room should always be a pendant hanging from a ceiling. This should be accompanied by a cadre of lamps and dimmers that will enable you to be creative and manipulate the light as you wish.
It is possible to increase the size of your room by rearranging the direction of the light. A single lamp in a corner can make the difference. You should use uplighters if you want to give the impression of height. A floor light will improve the look of the space at night, making it appear more spacious and more elegant.
Establish a focal point
Every room should have a focal point, especially the ones where people congregate, like living room. An eye-catching focal point can be created by arranging the furniture, but a stylish chandelier can be hung over the dining table, or above the living room table. Without you having to say much, this trick will guide your guests to the right place.
Lighting options are plentiful. There is no shortage of shades and shapes to choose from, but sometimes they can be overwhelming. You must make the most of your space, but you must also be careful not to waste it. The most effective way to find the correct solution for your home is to ask a professional for inspiration and guidance.