When it comes to lighting, never before has a homeowner been spoilt as much for choice as today! As traditional use of space in a home has changed over time, lighting options have also kept pace. But before you hit the stores to choose mood lighting for your home, you must understand the purpose lighting in each area must serve. Here are a few basic tips to help you effectively light up your space:
1. Living Room The living room is where you will socialise and entertain. Naturally, this space should have a cozy, intimate feel and exude warmth. This can be achieved by using indirect lighting from different angles. Use a small spotlight to highlight artwork or photographs on a wall or a lamp to cast a warm glow around the corner couch. You can use tall floor lamps with either 3 or 4 large bulbs in a linear format or a designer lamp with many small bulbs in a creative design, depending on the décor and the size of your living room. For a living room teeming with wooden feel, you could opt for standing or hanging cane lamps available in many unique designs. Go for chandeliers only when you have a very large living room with equally ornamental over all décor.
2. Dining Room Lighting for the dining room should be mostly functional. Preferably use soft, non-glare wall lights in white. Use concealed lighting for glass cabinets hosting your expensive crockery but when it comes to your precious bar, go funky with lighting. You can opt for bottom lit bar space or even spot lights in certain areas, if your bar is big enough. You can also consider dimmers if you want the dining room to be bright at times and muted on special occasions.
3. Kitchen The lighting in the kitchen should be completely functional. The light source should clearly illuminate areas such as the cooking/chopping platform, sink, deep storage cabinets and shelves.
4. Bedroom It goes without saying that the bedroom is probably the most multi-tasked room in a home. Hence, naturally the bedroom requires various kinds of light. Bed-side lamps or even an overhead spotlight is a great idea if you like to read in bed. Ensure the dressing mirror has soft lights on both sides to remove any shadows. For a romantic touch, go for a stylish lamp with a huge shade in the colour matching your bedroom décor. You could even choose a tall floor lamp with low intensity bulbs and place it at a short distance from your bed.
5. Children's Room Keep your child's age in mind before lighting up the room. For a younger child, the room should be brightly lit to ensure there are no dark corners or sharp shadows as this may scare them. If you have an older child, use a spotlight for the study table or the computer corner.
Go on; play with light to create your own paradise!
A well-planned lighting is necessary to prevent eyestrain and accidents, particularly in working areas like kitchen and study room. Well-placed lights accentuate the appeal of a room’s décor. However, making lighting pleasant and effective does not necessarily mean overhauling the entire electrical system. Adapting home lights to suit your requirements is usually quite simple. Draw the layout of the room on a graph paper to decide where you want lighting in relation to the sitting arrangements and other features in the room. This will give you a fairly good idea of the lighting requirements and how the room might look when lit!
Lighting design is a lot about what pleases the eye, but aesthetics should be backed up by functionality. The type of mood created (by lighting) depends on the fittings and bulbs used. It is necessary to have a balance between light and shadows. Heavy shadows can look dull and morbid while uniformly bright lighting can look too stark. It is best to provide for a modest backdrop of light throughout the room and use strategically placed lights for extra illumination. You can also have special lighting points placed to highlight attractive areas of the room, for instance, a painting on the wall, a set of curios or a reading corner. While working out lighting schemes and technicalities of electrical fittings, make sure that naked light bulbs are not visible to people sitting or standing in the room. This is not only bad design, but dazzles the eye too. Low-level lights should have shades to hide the bulb. For the dining table, rise and fall pendant lights work well.
A television set usually dominates the room, partly because of the sound and action on screen, and also because of the glare from the tube. Lighting in the room that houses the TV should be designed to reduce the overall glare. Placing low-level fittings near the TV set can do this. A table or standard lamp behind or at any one side of the set will lessen the effect of the flickering screen. Alcove or concealed shelf lamps can also provide gentle background illumination. Caution: Take care never to place a lamp directly on top of the set; it’s a positive fire risk should overheating occur.