Lighting is the most important element of interior decoration. It is the instrument that generates different atmospheres in the room, from intimacy to enthusiasm. But to be sure the effect of the light is the one we are looking for, it is important that we know four types of illumination.
- Ambient lighting or general lighting.
This is lighting for the entire room. It is recommended along with the use of intensity adjustments, to have more flexibility in creating effects for every occasion.
- Local lights.
They assure the light flows around the room in order to make activities such as reading, cooking, and shaving comfortable. The intensity of the light is local and it has to be correctly measured so it won’t trouble or exhaust the eyes.
- Accent lights.
They are sources of light with ornamental purposes, usually placed to highlight an object or a preferred corner.
- Natural light.
This one we get for free though windows and doors. Depending on the period of the day, season or weather, this one can vary in intensity and color.
A proper analysis of the everyday activities is recommended. You must know what you will do and where you will do it. Do not hesitate to use different types of illumination. Actually, this is recommended and will create very interesting effects. Also keep in mind that lighting can alter the dimensions of a room, making it look smaller or bigger.
You will discover that there are practically hundreds of ways of lighting that can be applied to a room. When deciding how to choose the lightings, think of them from two perspectives: aesthetical and functional. Functionally, the lighting will assure the correct type and quantity of light need for the purpose in mind. Aesthetically, lighting can be configured to create the desired atmosphere.
For example when trying to choose lights for your living-room you can take into consideration these few notes:
- Place a lamp behind every armchair, about 1 meter tall.
- Use an accent light to highlight a painting.
- Another accent light can underline the contour of your bookshelves.
- Be sure that the general light is adjustable.
- Use indirect light to cover the walls with light. Place them below the floor, in little spaces behind furniture and let them illuminate the walls.