How your home looks and most importantly feels comes down to a variety of factors however lighting is key when it comes to setting the right mood, creating an atmosphere and affecting how practical a room is.
There are two types of light when it comes to interiors, natural light and good light. Encouraging the maximum use of natural light throughout the day is important, as it ensuring that additional lighting works efficiently and with the design of the room in mind as well.
The Best Light Scheme
The best light scheme is one which incorporates both natural light and a good lighting system which will offer everything the room and its inhabitants will need from dawn to dusk and beyond.
Being aware of the direction that your rooms face and what the primary and secondary functions of the room are will help you put together a lighting plan. A lighting plan will help you focus on what the room really needs lighting-wise and will ensure you make an informed decision when look at different fixtures, lamps etc.
Natural Light According to the Compass
The quality of the natural light will depend on which direction the room faces. A north facing room tends to fill with a colder, harsher light as opposed to warm light. For this reason artists often look for North facing studios or rooms to work in.
A south facing room enjoys warm light throughout the day, obviously dependant on the season and the weather. Rooms such as main living rooms and kitchens, rooms that are occupied the majority of the time benefit most from being south facing.
With a western facing room there is the risk of glare from the sun which will flood the room at the hottest part of the day although this is tempered by softer light and longer shadows as the day progresses into the afternoon. An east facing room therefore is bright in the morning and darker later.
All of these factors need to be taken into account when deciding what type of lighting will be needed.
Bearing in mind how much natural light the room in question receives it is important when designing your lighting plan to ensure that lamps, wall lights and ceiling fixtures are all best placed and give out not only enough light but the right type of light.
Task lighting for example is important for rooms where the occupant enjoys detailed work, uses a laptop, stitches, reads or does anything which requires good, solid light. An Angleposie lamp which may be moved and adjusted as appropriate and which comes in designs which suit both modern and traditionally styled rooms provides ideal adjustable light.
Consider also the type and strength and colour of the bulbs used around the room and decide whether a dimmer switch may be a lighting function which adds value to the feel and the convenience of the room.
Putting it All Together
Once you have discovered what your room needs in terms of general lighting, task lighting and the correct positioning of these lights it is time to have some fun with your task. Shopping for homewares such as light fixtures, lampshades, mirrors to reflect light, candles and more is something that needs to be done with the lighting plan in mind yet also incorporates the colours and the style of the room as well.
If you do your homework properly and make informed lighting choices the overall effect on the room may be very dramatic and indeed will finish the room perfectly.