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Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

by Thompson Ani |July 9, 2019 |2 Comments | interior design, Uncategorized | , , ,

Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

In any space, lighting is one of the essential components to making it functional. We at MAUL WORKS weigh in with some important aspects of lighting in interior design for each space in the home. The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type of lighting are important aspects of interior design as they , and they work in conjunction with colour selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Lighting is an important aspect of interior design that gives the room a special look and transforms it into a seamless combination of functionality and style. Besides playing a functional role it creates a visually dynamic space. Lighting can make or break the ambiance of a room. Hence proper lighting is an important element of decorating your homes.

Where to Start

Everyone needs lighting, from the college freshman who buys the $20 floor lamps from precise lighting, beyond lights or the fam0us Alaba Market to the billionaire who purchased that Marie Therese chandelier or Astoria Grand Or Crystal chandelier from oversea be it china or dubai for millions of naira. But what about the rest of us in between? How do we go about deciding what type of lighting is the best fit for our space?

The first step in finding the right lighting is determining the function of the room. As our i always says, “You definitely want to consider where in the space the light fixture is going. Will it be above a table or surface, or over an open space? Is it meant to highlight a particular architectural or artistic feature? Or perhaps you need task lighting for a work surface?” The way you use a room is the biggest determinant of the lighting, so before you make a purchase, picture your day in a room and where you need brightness.

Let’s break it down

Since different rooms have different functions, each room in the home has a combination of lighting that is ideal for the setting. When mixing and matching for a space, designers at MAUL WORKS tells us, “Lighting is broken down into three categories: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient light illuminates a space, task lighting is meant for specific work (reading, writing, etc.) and accent lighting highlights a focal point in a space (such as artwork). But there is no one right answer for what type of lighting works best in a given room.” Here are some important aspects of lighting that we have listed for your pleasure.

Color Management

The use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colors of a room or from only those surfaces the light is meant to enhance. Darker colors make a room feel smaller and cramped, while light-colored walls do the opposite. The illusion of space is defined by light reflected off of the surfaces of the walls. Some types of lighting help with this illusion by further illuminating the walls. In addition, directional lighting, such as a track light, can soften the wall colors. There is also recessed can lighting, which has a soft, downward glow that illuminates the floors, not walls. This is opposed to lights hung from the center of the room, which provide ambient illumination, or wall lighting. In both cases, this can affect how light or dark a colored section can appear.

Directional Lighting

The lighting in a room either provides illumination for the entirety of the room, or it highlights very specific elements. Track lighting is the perfect example of positional lighting. Hung from the ceiling, the adjustable necks and lamps can be pointed at specific elements, such as a wall painting, the vase of flowers on an entryway table or the bar top or kitchen island. Consider mounting them on the walls, also. Special picture and mirror frames also have built-in lighting to highlight specific areas on a wall. Recessed lighting can be used in floors and ceilings to create vertical beams of light as opposed to an overall glow from central light fixtures hanging from a ceiling.

Functionality

One major role of lighting in the interior setting is functionality. Lighting needs to serve a purpose, or it simply wastes electricity. Chandeliers are not only used in large, open foyers, entryways and rooms because of their centrally themed placement but also because they provide excellent illumination for the room. Wall lights add length and size, visually, to an entryway hall, as well as light the way. Consider the style of lighting you want to ensure you get the best directional or luminescent type for the setting. Look into task-specific lighting for desks and other work areas where functionality is more important than overall room illumination.

Space

Both natural and man-made lighting help with the illusion of space. For a darker room, find ways to bring in more full-spectrum natural light. If the room does not have sufficient lighting, it will feel cramped. This is worsened by close-proximity furniture arrangements, such as coffee table, end table, sofa, chair and love seat combinations in a smaller setting. Corner lamps, wall sconces and centrally hanging lights on the ceiling help brighten a room if natural lighting is not available and help create a visually larger space. This applies to any setting — home or office. Natural lighting is preferred above man-made lighting because it shows off colours better and adds to the visual space of a room by bouncing off reflective surfaces. Consider skylights or large windows if you want more natural light, or use sheer drapes and curtains to allow the maximum amount of light from your current windows

Conclusion

Lighting is an important tool in interior designing and should never be overlooked. The way in which you incorporate lighting into your home interiors define the mood of the user of the space as it has a great impact on the perception. Employing a good interior lighting designer can increase the brightness of a space and create ideal mood sets.

Without proper lighting interior architecture cannot be experienced to the fullest. Good lighting assures a warm, inviting and functional atmosphere in your home. Hence selection of proper lighting is the key element in interior design as it enhances everything in a room – from the furniture, flooring, fittings to the finishes and textures. Creative use of lighting can in fact embellish your decorating project. Implement different types of lighting to make your home a beautiful showcase. The light fittings and lamps chosen to compliment the style and décor of the room have a potential to give life to the space. Yes, selection of the right lighting can help you achieve a perfect balance between style, comfort and practicality in creating aesthetically beautiful yet functional interiors.

Lighting 101

by Thompson Ani |July 1, 2019 |29 Comments | Blogs, interior design, Uncategorized | , ,

Lighting 101

Lighting plays a major design role in the overall success of any room décor. Lighting should be layered the same way colors and textures are layered in a room. There are many options when it comes lighting. Adding a layer or two of additional lighting sources gives your room design greater light depth.

The lighting in a home changes the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room. Placement and type are important aspects of interior design, and they work in conjunction with color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection which I have been discussing on my page . The elements that come together when the right lighting is achieved transform a room into a seamless combination of functionality and style.

Lighting is an important piece of the interior design and interior designer don’t downplay the role it plays. Lighting design plays a very big role in how you experience a space. A successfully-designed room needs a mix of three basic types of lighting. The three major categories of lighting used in interior design are namely – ambient, task and accent. One is essential ambient lighting that provides practical lighting needs. Another addresses task lighting requirement and the third one gives accent lighting options. Some lighting choices have more than one type of application, making them versatile and valuable lighting options.

 

A living room with layers of the ambient, task and accent lighting

This guide explains the different types of lighting – ambient, task and accent., how to use them effectively, and which light fixtures to use create your desired lighting

Types of Lighting in Interior Design

Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is the basic type of lighting that provide general lighting to an interior. This is one of the most common types of lighting. Ambient light is a soft glow that blankets your space just enough for you to function without causing a harsh glare. In photography and cinematography, ambient light is considered the “natural light” within a room. In décor, ambient light is very similar, except you create the ambient light by making the room’s lighting as natural and flat as possible. The goal of ambient lighting is to provide even, overall light to a room. This is most often accomplished with recessed lighting or a beautiful chandelier. Wall-mounted lighting like a sconce also provides ambient lighting.

Atmosphere: When used correctly, ambient light creates a fantastic environment to relax from an overly stressful day or to have a warm conversation with an old friend. Ambient lighting is often referred to as mood lighting. Always use dimmers with ambient lighting! This way you can adjust the lighting level based on the time of day or mood you’d like to create. You can have multiple circuits in a room so you can dim some lights while keeping others brighter.

Some ambient lighting choices include:

  • Ceiling lights: Ceiling lights are the most commonly used form of house lighting. Mounted flush to the ceiling, these lights provide low-light. They are typically attached to a wall switch.
  • Recessed lighting: When placed on a dimmer switch, recessed lighting can be used for ambient ceiling lighting. These work well with all types of ceilings, but if your ceiling is lower make sure the light isn’t too harsh for the room. Be careful not to over light the space.
  • Wall Sconces and Wall Lights: These are so versatile they work almost anywhere. Use these carefully. If you use too many in one location it may cause a harsher light, but when placed sparingly these works great in hallways, patios and porches.
  • Chandeliers: A chandelier is one of the most dramatic types of fixtures. These light fixtures work fantastic with taller ceilings. You can choose which height is best for your lighting need. Some chandelier designs provide both uplighting and downlighting.

Ceiling lighting at the centre of a bed room

 

Recessed lighting arranged orderly in a living room

 

Task lighting

Task lighting is necessary for tasks that require more light than ordinary ceiling lights can provide. Task lighting is beneficial when you’re working. This is a smaller more concentrated light. In fact, some people call it office lighting. Task lighting is meant to help you see when you’re doing projects in which you need a finer light, such as, reading, cooking, writing, sewing and many other things. Task lighting only works well when it is used as a contrasting light.

Atmosphere: Task lighting helps naturally stimulate your brain. The contrasting light allows you to be more alert and concentrated. This will help you see more details as you work, creating higher quality results. This is why many businesses choose to use task lighting in their offices.

Some task lighting choices include:

  • Under Cabinet and Vanity Lights. These are the ultimate task lights, typically mounted beneath a cabinet, They add a flare to your kitchen and give the extra light you need for chopping and cleaning, under cabinet lighting added to a kitchen, workshop or craft room provides excellent task lighting. Vanity lighting works well in the bathroom and on dressing mirrors. These lights also work in garages or workstations.
  • Pendant and Track Lighting: pendants are popular in kitchens and some bathroom designs. In the kitchen, use pendant lighting to illuminate cooking and food prep areas. Suspended from the ceiling, these lights provide direct overhead lighting to work areas. Track lights are great for the same reason, except they can typically cover a little more space. These lights are great for offices with rows of desks, above kitchen islands and in children’s play/homework areas.
  • Table, Swing Arm and Floor Lamps.: Stylish table lamps and floor lamps are perfect for this purpose in living areas and bedrooms. A table lamp can provide needed lighting for a desk work space, living room or bedside table. Swing arm lamps allow you to adjust the light anyway you’d like. Floor lamps are lightweight and adjustable, these are the ideal task lights.

 

Pendant lighting placed right above kitchen countertop

 

Floor lamp at the corner of a living room

 

Accent lighting

Accent lighting is used to highlight specific areas, artwork, or various sections of a room. This is a very concentrated light with the intention of drawing the eye to its focal point. Accent lighting is a way of adding style and drama to your home. Accent lighting brings added visual interest to a room by creating different focal points and is another important element of lighting design. This will help you illuminate the pieces you want on display, while shadowing dull areas. Accent lighting highlights specific objects like art, sculptures, pieces of furniture, collections and bookcases. It can also be used to highlight a textured wall, or other architectural features. Outdoor accent lighting is when you highlight parts of the architecture of your home or yard. This is very popular during the holidays, especially Christmas and New year.

Atmosphere: Accent lighting is one of the types of lighting that creates a very sophisticated atmosphere. It evokes feelings of meaning and importance to the images it displays. This lighting type is used a lot for museums, historical buildings and art shows. Some accent aren’t made to shine on a particular object, but are themselves a piece of art with a self-contained light source. They serve as a piece of functional décor for a home.

Some accent lighting choices highlight specific areas, artwork, or various sections of a room:

  • Recessed Lighting and Spot Lighting: These lights are often used for wall washing (when you illuminate an entire wall with light). Recessed lighting are great for accenting. provides a subtle way to illuminate the perimeter of a room, add softer lighting to rooms, illuminate bookcases, or provide under cabinet lighting. Place them at the base of your wall to illuminate a beautiful brick texture, a colorful paint design or display a huge bay window.
  • Wall sconces: Wall sconces are fantastic for designing accent lighting. They come in a range of sizes that allow you the highlight big or small pieces of art. These work great on art walls and for showcasing the architecture of your space. Wall sconces are a great mood-setter for a room. Whether it provides uplighting or downlighting, this type of light fixture can brighten a hallway, provide additional lighting for a dining room buffet, or free up floor and surface space in a bathroom.
  • Track and Picture lighting: Track and picture lighting is still a favorite choice for many people wishing to highlight works of art. It can also be used to provide uplighting or downlighting. Art buffs enjoy picture lighting that can be place directly above a painting. This type of light fixture provides direct downlighting to highlight the work of art.
  • Landscape Lighting. These lights are the best for showing off the outside of your home. Use landscaping lighting to light up a pathway, prized garden or statue.

 

Track lighting focused on art work

 

Landscaping lighting showing the beautiful architecture of this mansion

 

Final words

By layering these three types of lighting (ambient, task and accent) in your home you will create a perfectly lit space. For multiple types of lighting options consider using a light dimmer. Dimmers help achieve any mood or look you’re looking for at the push of a button.

 

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