Your Essential Spring Interior Lighting Guide
When the spring and summer months finally arrive, we are embraced by the sun’s warm natural rays of light and we delight in the vibrancy of color found in spring’s blooms. Everything else by comparison feels drab and artificial, including our interior spaces.
With today’s interior design developments, we can now bring the light and natural colors of the world into our very own home. Using nature as our source of inspiration, here’s not just a few lighting designs to try, here are some lighting principles to live by.
Getting the Look: Natural interior Lighting
Lighting in the home is as chief a design element as the Georgia O’Keeffe print hanging above your media console. Lighting enriches user experience through subtly telling the occupant how the space should be used, as well as through highlighting the masterful design of the interior. SFGATE writes that a well-lit room is not only more appealing, it’s also more user-friendly.
There are a total of three lighting styles that every interior needs. They are: Task, Ambient and Accent lighting. All three lighting styles when working together craft a space that feels as though it is made out of the very essence of nature. Who knew that lighting design could so easily manipulate our senses and create a space of air and light?
Let’s take a quick look at what each of the three lighting styles does for the interior:
Task Lighting: As you probably surmised by its name, task lighting is necessary for completing certain tasks. Think of task lighting as a spotlight. It casts a steady, current stream of light on your work area. Task lighting is perfect for activities like crocheting, cooking or even just looking through a magazine.
Ambient Lighting: This type of lighting design provides general overhead light in the interior space. Houzz suggests that by pairing ambient light with natural light, you can create the illusion of an open and airy space. This can help you feel like you are sitting out on the patio when you’re actually sitting pretty in your air conditioned living room.
Accent Lighting: To bring the glow of spring into your home, accent lighting should be your design style of choice. Accent lighting, similar to task lighting, shines a spotlight on specific areas in the home. Unlike task lighting, which focuses its light source on user tasks, accent lighting brings into focus particular architectural and interior design elements. This brings user attention to the details of the home.
Lighting Fixture Types
The real question is, what type of lighting fixture would best help to accentuate your space and usher in the spirit of spring?
The first thing to think about is where you want the focus to be in your home. Do you want it to be on your multi-colored Marocco Rug with its floral mandalas, or do you want to shine a light on your succulent-filled retro bullet planter? Maybe you would prefer showing off the geometric pastel graphic printed pillows designed by Alexander Girard sitting on your sofa. Or maybe you just want a room that feels as open and light as your private garden. Guess what? You can accomplish all of this at once with a mixture of task, ambient and accent lighting.
The Chandelier: The chandelier encapsulates accent and ambient lighting through producing an overhead light that illuminates the entire room. The low-hanging tapered design of the Patrona Chandelier by Tech Lighting company has 22 arms that extend and hang from the ceiling much in the shape of a fruit-laden vine. Its 22 bulbs produce a light that glitters as it passes through their crystal shades.
The Wall Sconce: The wall sconce provides task, ambient and accent lighting all in one unique fixture. Hung at any level, the sconce can illuminate your reading material or frame a prized item in light, The Steampunk wall sconce by Boyd Lighting is oval in shape and industrial in design. It’s no nonsense sentiment makes the user fix their mind on the happenings of the space, not the walls.
We all enjoy a good dose of natural light. Now we can bring it into our home by simply arranging our fixtures in such a way as to make us believe the room is an extension of the outside world.
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