Whether you are redesigning your home from scratch or are just having a minor décor upgrade, the lighting in your home is an area that should never be overlooked. If you have no idea where to begin when it comes to lighting design then you could choose to use the services of a lighting consultant. However, if you understand some basic lighting concepts and ensure you plan your lighting with the assistance of a Glastonbury CT interior designer then you can certainly create a significant impact in your Connecticut home.
This article will provide you with some of our favorite methods to implement a more impressive use of lighting in your home.
When it comes to lighting, using layering is one of the most effective ways to not only create a stunningly lit space but also to offer prominence to the most important pieces within the room.
Essentially, layering is the practice of using multiple lighting sources to create various layers of light within a space rather than just using a single light source. The way in which layering can be used in different types of spaces will differ from room to room and it also affords a way to create a room full of different colors and gradients.
A mixture of different types of lights can also be used to create different effects. For example, in a living room you might choose to have strip lighting around a prominent feature such as a fire place but then use downward lights to focus attention on blinds or window frames. Upward lights can be layered in within the overall design of the room to provide drama or to emphasis a particular feature.
Layering can either be designed in such a way to be very obvious or to naturally blend light sources together.
Highlighting Defining Features
Using lighting to highlight or define architectural features can really help to accentuate the existing design of a space. Consider architectural features such as stairways, fireplaces or even decorations such as sculptures and pieces of art or furniture such as bookcases. These can all be enhanced by using lighting to promote their patterns, textures and shape.
Consider using subtle LED strip lighting to provide a highlighting effect or a simple upward light or back light to really help these areas stand out. You can even use bold colors for maximum impact.
Concealed lighting is extremely effective at producing a minimalist style in any space and works particularly well in contemporary homes. Hiding the light source from view means that the focus is on what is being illuminated rather than the light fitting itself.
Spotlights in kitchens and bathrooms often feature concealed lighting that is built in to the ceiling. However, up-lights and wall lights can also be concealed. This is done either within walls or floors or by hiding the light behind objects or furniture.
If you want to allow a piece of art or your favorite piece of furniture to stand out then concealed lighting is one of the best ways to achieve this.
However you plan to use lighting within your interior design just be sure that you do indeed ‘plan’ it in to your overall concept.
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