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The importance of lighting in interior design

The importance of lighting within interior design

The Interior Studio takes a look at the various forms of lighting techniques that ensure the mood and theme of your rooms is appropriate and to the highest standards. 

Interior lighting is one of the most important aspects of any living space; it has the ability to change the mood of a room just as it does the perceived size of a room.
Utilising the right type of lighting and ensuring the correct placement is a tricky task, but it’s crucial that such a task is fulfilled as it works in conjunction with further areas of interior design, such as, colour selections, room size and layout, fabric choices and furniture selection. It is only when these elements come together that a room benefits from harmony and effortless fluidity of design.

Fundamentally, the illusion of space is defined by light reflecting off of wall surfaces. Certain types of lighting help better with this illusion by further illuminating the walls. For instance, wall lighting. However a good lighting plan combines all three forms of lighting to light an area according to function and style.

Accent lighting

Accent lighting adds drama to a room by creating visual interest. As part of an interior design scheme, it is used to draw the eye to house-plants, paintings, sculptures and other prized possessions. It can also be used to highlight the texture of a brick or stone wall, window treatments or outdoor landscaping.

To be effective, accent lighting requires as least three times as much light on the focal point as the general lighting surrounding it.Accent lighting is usually provided by recessed and track lighting or wall-mounted picture lights.   Using this plan will create an atmosphere that is perfect for any room and more importantly serve to provide functionality and practicality for the space and activities one undertakes in it.

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Ambient lighting

Firstly, Ambient lighting provides an area with overall illumination. Also known as general lighting, it radiates a comfortable level of brightness without glare and allows you to see and walk about safely. In some spaces such as laundry rooms, the ambient lighting also serves as the primary source of task lighting.It can be accomplished with chandeliers, ceiling or wall-mounted fixtures, recessed or track lights and with lanterns mounted on the outside of the home. Having a central source of ambient light in all rooms is fundamental to a good lighting plan.


 Task lighting

Secondly, Task lighting helps you perform specific tasks, such as reading, grooming, preparing and cooking food, doing homework, working on hobbies, playing games and balancing your chequebook. It can be provided by recessed and track lighting, pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting, as well as by portable floor and desk lamps.   Task lighting should be free of distracting glare and shadows and should be bright enough to prevent eye strain.

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