Is Interior Lighting Really All That Important?

by Guest Author on April 18, 2013

When remodeling or decorating your home, remember to incorporate the minute particulars that may seem unimportant but, which make all the difference in the outcome.

Put some serious deliberation into the interior lighting, which makes all the difference in how your home looks. Lighting the home interior in layers shows off the residence to its best advantage and creates ambience.

Ambience refers to the atmosphere of a place and the effect it has on people or the aura that is created by a particular milieu.

We’ve come a long way from when a single light bulb hanging from a cord in the center of the room was the extent of the lighting features. Lighting is needed so people can see and function, but it is also useful when it comes to creating an environment that is welcoming, cozy and even dramatic if that is the look you desire.

Ambient lighting

Existing lighting, available light and general lighting = ambient lighting. This lighting is circumlocutory, soft and pervades a room. The luminosity is what makes a room welcoming, and people want to enter. The sun creates ambient lighting, but simulated light can do the same.

A chandelier, ceiling fittings, wall sconces, recessed lighting and track lights create ambient light. Consider this the primary layer of lighting in the residence. Proceed to add another stratum of lighting in the home to achieve the full effect.

Task lighting

Task lighting is essential. This light enables us to do chores within the home, such as cooking, cutting, reading or sewing. To achieve task lighting, integrate lighting under kitchen counters, use table lamps, desk lights, vanity lights, recessed or track lighting that is pointing to a precise area and pendant lighting over the eating area. Adding task lighting onto ambient lighting is creating hospitable and well-designed surroundings.

Accent lighting

Mood lighting or accent lighting is the next step. Perhaps you have a teapot collection that you treasure and have put on display in the dining room. Emphasize the collection, showing it off by highlighting it, using spotlights directed toward the collection. Up-lighting is a wonderful way to display the intricate molding at the top of a room or the portrait of your great-great grandmother hanging in the front hallway. Accent lighting lets visitors to your home know these are items you want them to observe and enjoy.

In the kitchen, accent lighting or niche lighting can transform an ordinary room into a show-stopper. Put accent lighting above the kitchen cabinets (rope lights) or below the cabinets, providing illumination for the kitchen counter top. Install lights in the cabinets, showing off your display of beautiful dinnerware. Halogen lights, xenon lights, and LED lights are available in a dazzling variety of shapes, sizes and colors and work perfectly when it comes to niche lighting. These lights allow you to illuminate the quirky little nooks and crannies in your home.

Do not underestimate the impact that proper lighting can have on your home’s interior. Lighting has a tremendous influence on everything, including wall color. Depending on the type of lighting used — incandescent, which gives color a warm glow – versus fluorescent, which can make warm colors appear dreary – the lighting you use totally changes the outcome. Keep this in mind.

The choice of lighting should not be an afterthought but integral to the entire decorating process. It makes that much difference!

About the Author: Claire Bannister is a writer for Architectural Fibreglass Mouldings Ltd, which specializes in cost-effective and high impact design solutions, like fibreglass patio canopies.

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