Friday, November 13, 2020

How To Use Lighting To Complete A Room

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Its easy to underestimate the difference that great-quality lighting makes to the ambience  until you see less-than-effective lighting.

Homeowners sometime make the mistake of rushing into installing lighting that they liked the look of only to realize that they should have put more thought  into such aspects as lighting layout and design.

Lighting is not merely a superficial finishing touchto a room as it   plays a fundamental role in the broader design scheme and the day-to-day experience of using the space. Here are a few key steps to take to ensure you use lighting to complete your own homes rooms nicely.

1-Devise a plan for your homes lighting

If youre beginning with a bare room that does not yet have any lighting in place, its especially important to come up with a plan. This way, you hopefully wont make directionless and ill-advised choices that will be costly and inconvenient to correct. 

You will need to ask yourself a series of questions. What activities typically or are likely to take place in the room and what implications will this have for the illumination you will need? Are there architectural features, boundaries, or furniture to which you will wish to draw attention with your lighting or which may impose constraints?

Consider the existing style of the room, its décor as well as the time of day the room will normally be used and by whom.

2-Familiarize yourself with the three main lighting types

Once youve got a good idea of what your priorities will be for illuminating a room, youll need to know about the various types of lighting available.

There are three key types: ambient lighting, task lighting and accent, or mood lighting. Ambient lighting is also referred to as background or general lighting, and provides a room with its overall illumination–think recessed downlighters, large pendants and even some wall lighting.

Task lighting, meanwhile, is the kind of lighting that serves as additional, targeted illumination for such daily tasks as cooking, reading and using a laptop, as might be provided by the likes of desk and floor lamps. Finally, mood or accent lighting highlights specific features or items in a room, such as display cabinets, sculptures or ornaments.

3-Take a layered approach

One of the most crucial points to make about the three above categories of lighting is that you dont need to restrict yourself to just one type in a room. Indeed, the most impressive results may be obtained from an artful combination of all three types.

This is where the layering of different lighting types comes in–and its where adding and arranging the lighting in your space becomes quite interesting. Theres no single right or wrong way to layer lighting in a room as much depends on the size and shape of the room as well as  the ambience youre aiming for.

Nonetheless, there are some good rules of thumb to keep in mind. If youre looking to give the impression of the room being taller than it is, some stylish low-hung pendants from a respected  brand like ARTCRAFT Lighting are just what you need. . If youd like a large room to look  more intimate and cozier, why not consider clusters of lighting?

Completing a room with lighting is  fun so be sure to  enjoy the process  by keeping  the above strategies in mind to  get your space just right.

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