Decorative Lighting in Home Interior Design: Embrace Its Vitality
A well-designed interior needs more than comfortable furniture and art to create the perfect ambience. It can be argued that lighting plays a vital part of any home decor scheme. Unlike any other elements of design, lighting can elicit strong emotions, enhance moods and set the tone for the space. It can create inviting atmosphere, lend subtle drama or lend a sense of style to a room.
Lighting can also serve a practical purpose – it can provide illumination for tasks, or draw attention to your favorite accent pieces or artwork. Proper lighting can also contribute to greater safety, providing enough light on steps, hallways and walkways. Careful thought and planning should be given to the placement of illuminated fixtures in the home.
By selecting the appropriate lighting for each room, a designer can create the atmosphere and mood desired. Whether romantic and cozy, or natural and invigorating, the right lighting can help create the desired effects. Here are some of the ways that lighting can be incorporated into any home decor.
Types of Lighting
- General Lighting – Bright lighting that provides an even level of illumination throughout a room. This type of lighting is usually achieved with ceiling fixtures such as a chandelier or a flush mount.
- Task Lighting – Lighting typically used in areas of a room where tasks are performed, such as a kitchen or bathroom. Examples of task lighting would be a wall sconce over a cleaning sink, or track lighting to highlight a work surface
- Accent Lighting – Used to draw attention to specific area, object or artwork. This type of lighting draws the eye down to something of interest, such as a favorite piece of art.
The Role of Color Temperature in Lighting
Color temperature is an important factor to consider when deciding on lighting for a room. Light bulbs are typically identified by their correlated color temperature (CCT), which is measured in Kelvin (K). The higher the number, the cooler the light appears. A lower number will appear more yellow or red.
For most rooms, lighting with CCT of 3000K is sufficient. The higher range of 3500K, up to 4200K, will be brighter and more vibrant. For areas that need more direct light, like a kitchen or bathroom, lighting with higher color temperature may be more appropriate.
Light Dimmer – Add Control to your Lighting
Light dimmers can be used to create an atmosphere of ambience or drama. During daylight hours, turn on the full bright of a light to help enhance a room. Once the evening has arrived, the light can be dialed down to create a more intimate feeling. By using a dimmer, you can adjust the light level to match the mood of the room.
When it comes to home decor, lighting should no longer be considered an afterthought. Embrace its vitality, and the room will come alive.