HOW CAN LIGHT AFFECT MY SPACE?
Light is the one Element of Design that allows you to visually see all others. Depending on the quality of light, you can interpret the other elements differently. As an example, not enough light can make texture appear flat, too much light and colors can appear overexposed. Additionally, the contrast in light can affect how you perceive a space, or, even cause your eye to feel sore and tired.
LIGHT AS OTHER DESIGN ELEMENTS
Light is an interesting topic because it can be both a source for completing tasks, as well as be considered a design element.
The source of a light can be:
A POINT: like downlights in a smooth gypsum ceiling
A LINE: like the use of cove lighting
A PLANE: light a wall washer used to emphasize texture
A VOLUME: like a drum pendant with transparency at the bottom and the sides
A COLOR: which has become popular with the use of color-changing LEDs
All of these types of forms and colors can then be combined in a way to create patterns and other design elements (like emphasis, balance, rhythm, and contrast).
THE IMPORTANCE OF LIGHT IN YOUR HOME
Lighting isn’t always as simple as you may think (or hope); it’s an art and a science. General, comfortable, overall lighting that does not hinder the tasks that will be taking place is the first step to any design. For instance, you wouldn’t want mood lighting to happen in the kitchen where sharp knives are needing for making your romantic dinner (at least, not without the ability to increase the amount of lighting).
It’s also important to think about the location of the light source. We’ve heard this one before: you want the light in front of you in the bathroom, not behind you. Why? Having the light source in the correct location can help to make you appear to have a better glow and an evener skin tone. Whereas having a light source directly above (or worse – behind you) can create enhanced wrinkles.
Here are some other things good lighting can do for your home:
- enhance the colors in your space to appear brighter
- highlight/emphasize the textures you have applied to your space
- set the mood of a space (dimmers are great for this!)
- accent objects or spaces (art on a wall, a small sculpture in a niche, an accent wall, etc.)
- call less attention to undesirable areas or features (no need to shine a spotlight on the toilet!)
- add interest
- affect spatial perception
I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
- What are your favorite types of lighting (downlights, track lighting, wall sconces, pendants, ceiling-mounted, floor/table lamps, etc.)
- What areas r your home do you have the most trouble with your lighting?
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