A well decorated place isn’t complete if there is bad or inappropriate lighting in the rooms or halls. Here you will learn how to use lighting as your interior design tool. We have gathered hands-on tips for how to be successful with the lighting in your home. To do that you have to begin with will learn to distinguish between general lighting, mood lighting and spot lighting.
General lighting is the foundation of all good lighting and created best with so-called indirect illumination, i.e., with no visible light sources. Here you have to take advantage of the space in the room or hidden surfaces under furniture and walls. Spotlights are an excellent example and there alternative can be a hidden LED loop on or behind high furniture. Please note that the ceiling lights usually do not create good general light when, for example chandeliers in many cases reflect a light with limited light and dark corners.
Spot lighting usually have a practical functionality in the form of reading lights. Spot lighting can also be used to illuminate objects such as paintings or plants.
The ceiling light should usually be seen as a natural part of the interior, and are therefore classed in many cases as mood lighting. Mood lighting can have many types, but generally include mood lighting lamps with dimmer or candlelight. For example, a floor lamp in a plant or bookcase in the corner is a good example of this.
3 tips for a successful general lighting
- Avoid surface mounted spot lights for general lighting.
- Hide the light sources as possible.
- Take advantage of beautiful stucco ceiling by illuminating it using an up-lighter against the ceiling.
3 tips for mood lighting
- Always install a dimmer to your mood lighting purchase list.
- Use mood lighting as a natural part of your decor.
- Be creative. It is with mood lighting that you can create something unique.
3 tips for a successful spot lighting
- When it comes to sport lighting remember less is more.
- Make sure to have adjustable lighting that provides a concentrated but not glaring light set up.
- Add ambiance in the room by lighting the beautiful walls, paintings or plants.
In a normal sized room, it is recommended to add about seven points of light usually. The kitchen must have practical spot lighting over the sink, workstation and stove. The purchase of hoods with built-in lighting and spotlights above the work surfaces is preferred.
The dining area should have the touches of mood lighting, provided that dining room is not used as a workplace. The most common is a pendant lamp hanging over the table. Light should be about 55 to 60 cm above of table top to allow good visibility of the users in a sitting position. Candles are a natural component of mood lighting to raise coziness in the dining area. In the hall, a general illumination is usually dominant, but the elements of your spirits are of course innovative and you can be creative there as well. In the bathroom, it is recommended always to put a little extra lighting above the mirror.