Lighting is the part of a room that will dictate the tone and mood of a room. Here are some factors to consider for choosing and installing the right lights.
1) The natural light
If you are lucky enough to have a room with large windows that let in a lot of light, then your windows should be a feature that you dress, rather than something to wash out with lighting. For nighttime, depending on your view, choose soft lighting that is distributed around the room rather than a single central light that will overload the room with concentrated lighting. If you have no choice and you have to work with a central light then you can opt for a type of bulb, chandelier or lampshade that will diffuse the light and distribute it around the room.
2) The size of the room
If the room is large then multiple light sources work much better than a single one. Lights can also be used to highlight certain areas of the room and dim others. A large room often benefits from having more light around a feature such as a bed for a bedroom or a fireplace for a living room. This method of lighting tends to dim corners, so some well-placed decorative lamps can be used to brighten the corners or draw attention to seating areas or dining areas.
3) The color of the room
If the room is a light color then you don’t want to blast it with light as this can create an overwhelming environment in the evening. Spotlights distributed around the ceiling work very well with light colored rooms, especially if they have a dimmer switch so that you can control the contrast. Darker shaded rooms give you more options to play with, and tend to look wonderful with large light fixtures such as chandeliers, art deco style light fixtures and lamps.
4) The function of the room
Spotlights work great in kitchens, but can be overwhelming in a bedroom, large lampshades can do wonders for a living room and look out of place in a kitchen. The lighting you choose must match the purpose and function of the room that you are in. Decorative light fixtures work best in rooms where you are trying to create an ambiance such as bedrooms or living rooms with dining areas where they will be entertaining and keeping company. Spotlights work well where the décor is modern and the ceilings are very high.
This post was submitted by Ben who currently writes for an equipment for hire company.
* Images via Ben Inder and courtesy of friends @ Pegasus Lighting.