When it comes to interior design, a lot gets said about color scheme or design styles. There are countless resources that will help you determine if the couch you saw would fit into your industrial style loft, or whether or not your furniture should be different heights (it should).
One important topic that rarely gets the attention it deserves is interior lighting design. Considering the effect that lighting has both on your design success and budget (after all, 11% of residential energy use, and 18% in commercial buildings, is from lighting), the lack of resources can have a tremendous effect.
To that end, we’ve put together a couple tips to help you think like a lighting designer and maximize the style and economic impact of your lighting design.
- Understand Natural Light
Any lighting designer knows a north-facing room typically has harsher, cooler light, whereas southern-facing will get warm light. They will also know how cooler light is better for officers and places of work rather than warmer, more hospitable light. They will understand how to manipulate the natural light to try and maximize the utilization in the room.
- Variety Is the Spice of Life
The three most important types of light you should keep in mind are ambient, accent, and task. Ambient light is your default and should set the mood for the entire room. Accent lighting helps to add focal points to your lighting scheme and offer a little pocket of illumination where needed. Task lighting is used for a specific purpose in a specific place, such as a reading light.
- Utilize Your LEDS
LED lights not only offer tremendous savings in terms of energy expenditure, they also allow you to set a very specific mood. That is because they come in both warm and cool hues, which, as previously mentioned, elicit different responses and create a different ambiance.
Residential lighting design is very important to the overall success of your home’s interior decoration. By approaching it from the mindset of a professional lighting designer, you are able to create more holistic, visually arresting designs for your space.