Guide to Home Light and Lighting – an interior designer’s guide
Light and lighting is an important part of interior design. Both from an aesthetic and functional perspective. On a basic level there are two types of light, that is natural light and artificial light. But as an interior designer I also consider ambient light in the space. Let me offer you a simple guide to home light and lighting from my interior designer’s perspective.
Purpose of Light and Lighting
Light and lighting serves a few purposes in your home. Simply it’s about having the right light to perform tasks or functions such as working or cooking. Light and lighting is also a way to achieve the interior style goal you’re aiming for and finally it creates ambience.
Ambience is about creating the right mood in the space for the right function. So, if you’re watching a movie, you want low light or having a nap you want that lovely warm filtered natural light.
Natural light is obviously the light we get from the sun. Even when it’s cloudy and the sun is not visible it still produces light. The morning sun is brighter, cooler in temperature and more yellow. Whereas, the afternoon sun is more orange and warmer.
It’s good to understand the natural light a space receives to ensure the layout of the furniture is right. For example, to avoid the TV receiving glare. And to assess what level of artificial light and what kind of window treatments mind be needed.
Artificial light can take many forms from a simple down light to an elaborate pendant light. Table and floor lamps are also used effectively to control the light in the space. Deciding on the right artificial light relies on understanding functionality and assessing the natural light.
To ensure you can accommodate your space’s lighting needs with the right artificial light in the form of table lamps, or floor lamps ensure the space has ample electrical points.
Not many people consider ambient light. This light is not a direct source of light. For example, it’s the light from the TV, or the radiated light from a candle or the lights from the outside environment. Ambient light is what can create a wonderful mood in your space.
If you’re DIYing consider light and lighting in the planning stages of your project, rather than an afterthought. I often find that I’m addressing lighting issues because the planning hasn’t happened and while adding artificial lighting is easy enough, changing the entire electrical footprint is an expensive exercise.
Very simply if you consider the function of the space, the furniture layout, and the natural light that should be a good starting point for you to find suitable lighting solutions for your home. People in lighting stores like Beacon maybe helpful also. Don’t be shy to take your floor plan with you and if you’re really stuck speak to an interior designer or a lighting consultant.