7 Tips for Interior Lighting Design (+ Some Inspiration)
That said, lighting can be breathtakingly beautiful.
For living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, entrance halls, kitchens, the master suite, children’s rooms, and more, there are all sorts of lamp styles to dress up any home. Steer clear of glaring overhead lighting and go with warmer, gentler fixtures instead.
Wall sconce lighting offers a beautiful concentration of lighting to an area, and you can arrange your sconces in all sorts of pleasing patterns to bring focus to a display or add a touch of romance to a room.
Indirect lighting creates a soft and diffused glow in the room, and provides a tasteful increase of ambient lighting for every room. A table or floor lamp can be an effective way to provide this.
Under-cabinet lighting is key for increasing safety when coming home at night or during those dreary winter days, but it also adds a sophisticated accent to your kitchen.
And speaking of kitchens, if you’re looking to add a beautiful accent, you can’t go wrong with a decorative pendant lamp.
Add a lamp to your kitchen island. Add a lamp to your decorative stair railings. And add lamps to the side tables flanking the sofa in your living room. Just be sure to follow these versatile lighting tips to keep your home looking beautiful and feeling cozy.
Tip #1: Fit a Centrepiece Light
A centrepiece light is a fitting that takes a large part of the room’s middle space. This type of fitting is expensive but can add really context to a room and also give it an aesthetic focus.
As the name suggests, they can be placed in the centre of the room. This placement has the additional benefit of drawing out a room’s shape.
You can also use this type of fitting to decorate a focal wall, bedside, ceiling or floor lamp.
You can also go for a large pendant light. Though it may not dominate the room like a centrepiece light, it will still provide a good amount of light and is a cheaper option.
Tip #2: The Beauty of Wall Lights
Wall lights are an elegant idea that you can use to bring attention to specific areas of the room. They come in different shapes, sizes, and have different functions.
They are usually a mix of art and utility, ideal for hanging on walls that have a combination of three surfaces: a background wall, a ceiling/roof above, and another vertical surface which the light will be displayed on, such as a window.
The wall light is great, first of all, because it doesn’t take up precious floor space. It also has a great deal of visual impact, so it can be used as a focal point.
As it doesn’t have any glass or window shade to protect the light bulb, it can be used as a family light source or a night light.
Your wall light can be an elegant yet very practical addition to your home if you are careful about which style you choose and where you choose to put it.
Wall lights can be made out of a great variety of materials, from metal to solid wood, which will help them blend in with the color palette in your room.
A wall light with a frosted glass shade (especially if it’s going to hang adjacent to a window) will be a great addition to your home because it will do a great job to minimize glare from the outside, especially in the case of street lights.
Tip #3: Illuminated Art is a Talking Point
A feature wall may be a gorgeous focal point to a room, but it’s almost always anchored by something passive. You can change all that to give a room an instant lift simply and easily by adding an illuminated piece of art.
Tip #4: Strategic Tall Lamps
A common problem with lamps, especially floor and table lamps is that they are often too short to provide enough lighting for specific spaces.
To get around this, you can always place a tall lamp right behind a shorter table lamp.
Alternatively, you could add a tall lamp to the opposite side of the room to create a cozy atmosphere for both situations.
When you place a tall lamp instead of a large floor lamp, you also take advantage of the lamp shade to draw more attention to a cozy corner, a vase or a painting rather than the light stands.
#Tip 5: Install Mood Lighting
Have a few different lights you can use in your home that set the right mood.
Create a mood lighting scenario in each room, especially the rooms that get used day and night. You can have a different light in the living room for dinner time with the family or a nightlight for the kids to feel safe in the utility room after dark.
Remember to clean any lights regularly. Spots and fingerprints can easily reflect light, which can be a nuisance. Those little black spots can also block your vision if they block a lightbulb.
You should also make sure to have enough light when it’s time to eat dinner in the evening. Some people dim the lights to have the perfect dinner experience. But that’s actually a waste of energy.
The school of thought is that you should have enough lights to do what you need to do. If you need to see, then you should have enough light. More light doesn’t always mean better.
You can check out my take on the logic behind different light levels in this article about creating a home lighting design for different times of the day.
#Tip 6: Fit Contemporary Sculptural Sconces
This design trick uses your empty upper wall shelf as a canvas for lights.
They should be modern and sculptural, and in your top tier to keep everything balanced.
If you don’t have space up high, use the side shelf instead. But, if you have the height, then make sure all your lights are at the same height across the room.
Contemporary and modern are usually out of the comfort zone of many people but the good thing about your home is that it’s the perfect place for you to play with shapes and patterns that you normally wouldn’t.
Commit to it and enjoy the results.
#Tip 7: Use Natural Light
The sunlight streaming in through a window can turn any interior into a bright and cheery one.
Lights dimmed to the right level with some mood lightings can get you that intimate romantic dining feeling.
Windows, however, have their limitations … they can’t light up a whole room and create the type of ambiance you’re after in more formal dining settings or sitting rooms for example. A floor lamp would do the trick by providing general illumination and warmth.
Most of the time, people overlook the potential of their big windows for a brighter interior and are more likely to use them as a design feature than as practical lighting. By transforming them into stunning and elegant room dividers for example.
Make the most of your windows by eliminating excess light while providing that natural tint needed to create the desired ambiance. And an affordable way to do that is by using colored glass effects.
The Rest of the House
Apart from the living room and the bedroom, most of the other rooms in your home will benefit from ambient lighting.
Add the finishing touches to your home and areas, and create a welcoming atmosphere everywhere.
This is most likely because of the role of lighting and its association with warmth. Warm colors such as red, pink, and orange emit a welcoming feeling and create a sense of security.
Another element of effective ambient lighting is ambience. So make sure to have a little conversation with the space you want to light. Are you trying to create a cozy, formal, or glamourous vibe? These will all have an impact on the light fixtures you choose.
Either way, take into consideration the objects and furniture of a particular room and how they look when illuminated.
Some Benefits of LED Lights
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) produce light through the flow of electrons through a semiconductor material. They are more efficient and last longer than traditional light bulbs even though they cost more. Here are some benefits of LEDs:
The benefits of LEDs include:
- Highly efficient. They consume less energy than traditional light bulbs.
- Long life. LEDs last from 25,000 to 100,000 hours, compared with 1,000 hours for normal incandescent bulbs.
- Versatile. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, operate on various voltages, are used with dimmers, and can be combined to create lighting effects and create simple images.
- No filament. LEDs do not have a filament that can break, so they are more durable than incandescent bulbs. They do not require a cooling system, so they can be used in miniature or handheld devices, which incandescent bulbs cannot.