Lighting Design: The Basics
One of the most interesting and essential elements of interior design is lighting design. I always wanted to write a short article about it because although it’s taken for granted most of the time, it’s my favorite part to experiment with. When planned right, lighting has the power to enhance the architectural elements in question and bring forth many of their qualities.
Unlike the actual and solid materials used for decorative schemes, lighting has a transcending quality to it. The architecture becomes a large canvas and a playful combination of light and shadows can achieve emotions and speak directly to the soul.
Although it is best to consult a professional prior to any major home makeover, anyone can experiment with lighting features thanks to advanced technology now accessible to everyone.
In my years of practice, I was lucky to collaborate with several lighting designers as well as work on many projects that included lighting design studies. Today I am sharing with you the 3 basic light forms that I follow in my projects in order to achieve a well balanced, functional, and interesting lighting design!
1. Ambient Lighting.
It is the minimum lighting required to light up a room. Think of it as sunlight during the day that lights up a space. At night it is imitated with
an artificial light source and this is what you call ambient light. A more sophisticated and popular form of ambient lighting used nowadays is indirect lighting. It gives a well propagated source of glare-free illumination throughout a room, without feeling too present, unlike chandeliers and other ceiling down fixtures.
2. Task Lighting.
It is the lighting needed to comfortably perform specific tasks, such as a nice desk lamp or concealed led strips in a kitchen countertop backsplash.
3. Accent Lighting
As its name indicates, it is lighting that is supposed to accentuate certain elements of a room like a painting or other objects of value. That said it can also help add lots of drama and character to a cold and lifeless room. Although used for purely aesthetic purposes, accent lighting is my favorite element to experiment with in interior design. This type of localized lighting can also conceal some of the flaws and imperfections of a space. Take for example a single feature light above a gallery wall that can help draw the attention from a long dull corridor.
I hope you found this article helpful and till my next blogpost, keep checking my [Instagram] for more lighting tips and inspiration. See you soon!