THE ART OF LIVENING A ROOM: LIGHTING

The impact, proper lighting has on the psychological and emotional milieu of a person can’t be forsaken. The aura of a space can be lifted by using the right lighting, not just by brightening dark corners but by uplifting the mood.

Moreover, whenever you hire an interior designer to have your room decorated, a good professional will strongly convey the importance of lighting in a room, which many choose to forgo.

Wait up; there is more to lighting than just being a source of light?

Intensity, color, direction, and movement are the four features of lighting which hold the most importance in a room or a setting.

Now, there’s no ‘one size fits all’ for lighting purposes. Each room has its own ambiance and requires a very specific and personalized addition for lifting the spirits.

Utilizing the right type of lighting:

To help you understand what lighting could better suit your room, we’ve gathered a list of some of its types. Here are the three most basic types:

  • Ambient Lighting

Ambient Lighting is possibly the most common type of lighting, in which the light used to brighten the room is the bare minimum that is required to function in that room without total darkness.

  • In photography and cinematography, ambient light is also termed ‘natural light’, as the lighting is kept flat and natural.
  • These lightings uplift the mood on a stressful day by creating a calm and soothing mood for relaxation and meditation. Because of this, many gyms and yoga studios also use ambient lighting to set the mood right.
  • Ambient Lighting is generally created by using overhead fixtures, like chandeliers and ceiling lights, wall lights, or stand-alone lights like floor lamps. They are appropriate for almost every room setting, be it the bedroom or the kitchen.
  • Accent Lighting

If you are looking to create a very sophisticated atmosphere in your room or space, accent lighting is a perfect choice.

  • It draws attention towards a specific focal point, for example, a painting hanging in your room. It is used alongside ambient lighting to add more style and drama to the setting of the house.
  • One special use of accent lighting is during holidays when you place something that adds to the architecture of your house and you want people to notice as it draws the attention of the viewer immediately.
  • Place these just above the ornament or picture, and it signifies the pointed area by shadowing the unwanted areas close by.
  • Although mainstream usages are found in museums, buildings, and art shows, your house can also use this in various places.
  • Accent lighting is very easy to achieve by using the track and recessed lighting, spot lighting, landscape lighting or wall fixtures.
  • Task Lighting

Task lighting is concentrated on a smaller dimension, like a workplace or a study desk. Basically, as the name suggests, it’s used to accomplish several tasks.

  • It allows you to change the intensity according to the mood. Say, you placed a small lamp over your study desk. You might require brighter lights when you plan on studying and calmer, cooler lights when you’re just browsing on your laptop.
  • Task Lighting should be optimal for all activities that require excessive reading for longer periods without causing glares and eye strains as compared to a brighter source of light, say a wall or ceiling light.
  • Task lighting can be achieved using a desk or floor lamps, vanity lights, pendant or track lights, or recessed lights.