Lighting is a powerful but undervalued tool in the interior designer’s toolkit. And it’s not something that is restricted to the professionals: we all have an intuitive understanding of light, but most of us don’t tend to give it much thought.
Pay attention first and foremost to lighting when you’re redecorating your interiors, and you’re likely to develop a strong sense of what should go where and what you can achieve with the light sources you have to hand.
Light is affordable (often free), stylish, and adaptable. You can create many different effects and solve various problems with it. And the key thing to remember is that we’re not necessarily talking about expensive light fixtures: we’re talking about where you put the light sources in a room and what you do to maximize the effect of the light that comes from them.
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It’s true that we have an intuitive understanding of light: in fact, your body and brain respond to the ebb and flow of natural daylight (and its alternatives) in ways that often bypass your conscious mind.
Perhaps that’s why we find natural light so alluring. A photograph of someone in natural light often makes you appear much more beautiful than even in complex studio lighting. The same can be said of a home.
And natural light is free. You can make the best use of it by ensuring the rooms that get lots of sunlight are the ones you use in the daytime. And you can make the most of the light you get by using pale-colored paint and mirrors to reflect it around your home.
Along with light, space is the primary tool of interior designers. Everything else is just frills. But light and space aren’t separate issues: they feed into each other. A brighter room will usually feel bigger. Putting lights in dark corners tends to open them up, for example. But there are also more sophisticated tricks you can experiment with, such as lighting furniture from behind to create a 3D effect that makes it seems like there’s more space all around.
Adding height to a room doesn’t just mean illuminating the corners. You can take things to the next level by adding ‘stripes’ of vertical light, which is all about the fixture you choose and where you put it.
Mainly when you move into a new place, it can be hard to consider a big, echoey, or cold room to be cozy. One trick is to look back to the history of the species: the campfire has long been a symbol of social interaction, warmth, and – well – coziness. You can easily cheat some of the effects of fire by using candles and warm-colored and moving the light.
Change The Temperature
Room color temperature connects back to our real understanding of light. Put, blue or white light (daylight, computer screens, and daylight bulbs) wakes us up and makes us feel alert; warmer shades make us feel sleepy. But there are a lot of more subtle effects that are possible once you start to research and experiment with color temperature.