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Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

by Thompson Ani |July 9, 2019 |255 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.


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.


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


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.

Interior Design Colors

by Thompson Ani |June 1, 2019 |96 Comments | Blogs, interior design | , ,

Interior Design Colors – Choosing the Right Colors for Your Space

What is it about interior design colors that make them attractive? That is because just as the rainbow is attractive in its remarkable wonder, colors create the same flow of unique character to spaces. In the world of interior design, nothing makes a more powerful tool than colors. They can help express individuality and more.

Selecting the appropriate colors takes experience, time, patience, effort topped with creative genius and that’s where professionals like Maul Works come in.

  • The preferred ambience will have to be put into consideration, first and foremost.
  • Balance the colors and shades that can give emphasis to a certain spot while giving some spaces a lighter look.
  • Choose appropriate interior design color to make a room look airier/cooler or warmer.
  • Pick the right neutral colors to maintain a preferred tone.

With the right color treatment and combination, any room could be given a natural boost. This is probably the reason why those who choose to become interior designers have made it a point to master the art of colors because with colors, there is an endless possibility of concepts that lead to magnificent creations within any given structure.

When choosing to design the interior of a home or an office, a color swatch may be tested under different kinds of lights to test the effect the light will give once a particular hue is exposed under the beam.

Ok, Ok, Its pretty obvious I’m on a crusade to get you all getting jiggy with the colour vibe. So I’ve decided in this post to get right back to basics. Sharpen your pencils boys and girls; we’re going back to school to learn a bit about the theory of colour. Out there in the wild wicked west of interiors it can feel very daunting when picking out your own colour scheme- which is possibly one of the reasons people go for the oh so obvious neutral shades. I’m cool with that if you a beige type of soul, but if you have an inkling that you’re a color lover- its time to get empowered!

Ok- lets bring out the big guns- the Colourists secret weapon…•drum roll• the Colour Wheel!

The colour wheel is a fail-safe way of working out what works with what- anyone who works with colour; interior designers, artists and architects have all learned the theory. The classic colour wheel is made up of 12 hues- lets call one half the cool colours and the other the warm hues. You’ve then got your Primary, secondary and tertiary colours as you work away from the primary- you keeping up?!.


Dictionary corner:

Hue: a colour or shade. The attribute of discernable colour i.e. red, blue, yellow etc.

Primary Colours: Red, Blue and Yellow

Secondary Colours: Green Orange and purple

Tertiary colours: mix a primary with a secondary, and whaddya get? lime, turquoise, magenta etc.

Add white, black or grey to create a different tint, tone or shade from the original.

Tone: The particular quality of brightness, deepness, or hue of a shade of a colour. The general effect of colour or light and shade in a picture. Adding grey to a colour effects the tone

Shade: A colour, especially with regard to how light or dark it is or as distinguished from one nearly like it: “various shades of blue”. Add black to alter the shade of a colour.

Tint: A shade or variety of a colour. Add white to change the tint.

In the modern colour wheel you begin with red, blue and yellow as they are what all other colours derive from. The secondary colours are then made by mixing two of the primaries together…remember doing this in primary school! Tertiary colours are then made by mixing a primary with a secondary to give us lime green, turquoise, magenta, peach, deep purple and so much more. There are boundless tints, shades and tones wheeled out, by mixing different combinations, all called tertiary colours. We are very lucky that our paint manufactures know all this stuff, which is why we have such a mind-boggling choice on offer!

Effects Created by Interior Design Colors

Before applying the original color of choice, know the importance of a primer. It helps prevent a color bleed-through which if not averted may alter the final touch of the actual color. After the necessary preparations, the application of colors will definitely add weight or warmth to a room, make it seem cooler or keep it simple.


  • Bright colors are attention-getters and may be a good choice for spots that needs to be emphasized.
  • Balance proportions with illusions of width using color techniques such as darker wall ends in contrast to the main wall’s lighter shade.


  • The right interior design colors can transform dull or loud tones to a cozier ambience.
  • Make a room more inviting and welcoming with tints that set off a reassuring feeling.
  • Intimate spaces are created with the use of warm earth tints that look naturally cozy and comfortable.

Cooler & Spacious Effect

  • White or pastel shades are effective in giving a cramped space a more open look.
  • Wall and furniture of similar or closely matched colors give a room a wider effect.
  • Delicate colors are perfect for a cooler room effect. They give a fresh, relaxing touch to a room.


  • Neutral colors are perfect for balance, allowing a space to blend perfectly with its surrounding.
  • Lighter shades allow better versatility concerning accessories and furniture. Even curtains of different colors or patterns can easily blend well.

Choosing the right interior design colors for your home will give each space its own personality but consider the function before painting. Once you feel certain about the color of choice not only for its aesthetic appeal but for its functionality, then it would be exciting to see the result.

So there we have it- the colour wheel in a nutshell. Now I have never ever designed a room scheme by using a Colour wheel. For all my experience designing rooms, I like to go with my gut- and I’m sure that’s how a lot of designers work. So I’d advise that your next step would be to have some fun with a mood board and some paint chips. Interior design shouldn’t be painting by numbers- you’ll get the feeling when something looks smoking- so have a go…it’s only paint!!!

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