Lighting can be one of the most powerful tools when designing or redecorating a room. Yet, so many homeowners don’t see the potential that the right choice of lights offers.
They have one light in the ceiling and call it a day.
Here, we’re going to look at the fundamentals of lighting, and how layering your lights can make rooms feel a lot more comforting while also offering some real practical benefits, as well.
The ambient lighting is the lighting that most of us would consider crucial.
In the rooms with only that one ceiling light, it is the light in question.
Ambient lighting is the room’s main source of visibility and making the best use of it is more about furniture placement and how you distribute the light throughout the room.
For instance, in a living room, you want your ambient lighting placed directly above the communal centre of the room, such as the coffee table. In response,
furniture like the seats should be arranged around that centre source of light.
An open-plan living room with the furniture against the walls, for instance, prevents the ambient lighting from creating any unnecessary and unsightly shadows across the floor.
For many larger rooms or those that have odd partitions or corners, ambient lighting may not be enough.
If there are still some awkward dark spaces or shadowy areas, accent lighting helps clear them up. Accent lighting also gives you room to get a little more creative in your fixtures.
Since you’re focusing on providing the most possible visibility, you can use fixtures like a cluster pendant light that lets you express your personality and sense of style.
Accent lighting also tends to have a lower colour temperature than ambient lighting, so it creates a warmer yellow or orange tone.
It’s also great for creating that cosy evening atmosphere when you don’t want the main lights on but you also don’t want to be in complete darkness.
As the name suggests, practicality is the aim where task lighting is concerned.
Task lighting is all about providing visibility where you need it in order to perform certain tasks.
For instance, in a kitchen, recessed lights under your cupboards can make it easier to use certain workspaces if your ambient lighting doesn’t fully cover the area.
In the home office or living room, you may also have a lamp that provides light for a desk that you work or write at.
Effective task lighting is all about looking at the more practical spaces of the home, how you use them, and whether or not you need some added visibility.
It’s not as much of a style concern as accent lighting is.
The next time you’re updating the lighting of a room, consider the three layers that you could utilise and how you do it.
You can add some real style and soul to the room, as well as getting rid of any unsightly dark corners and providing some much-needed visibility in areas of high use.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.