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Many people focus on the colours, furniture and layout of their home, but neglect to consider how important lighting can affect the overall feel too.
A home that is not well-lit – whether through a lack of natural or artificial light – will appear cold and uninviting. Good lighting can help enhance your home’s features, and create a warm and functional environment for you and your family.
There are three types of artificial interior lighting you can use to create a beautiful home.
AMBIENT OR ‘MOOD’ LIGHTING
Ambient lighting is exactly as its name implies – it helps set the mood of the room. The use of dimmer switches, lantern and wall lights can all change the amount and the type of light a room receives, to help create a look and feel you desire. Less light may be appropriate if you are watching a film, while bright light that reflects off the walls is good for a smaller room to give the illusion of space. Light can have a significant impact on the focus of the room too. Recessed lighting directs light towards the floors rather than the walls, while a light in the centre of a room will provide ambient illumination of the entire area, perfect if your room is naturally dark. READ MORE: SIMPLE TIPS TO HELP BRIGHTEN DARK INTERIORS
Accent lighting will highlight particular features of your home. Also called directional lighting, it can bring focus to artwork, walls, entryway or even your kitchen island. Track lighting is a great example of this kind of light. With adjustable necks, these lights focus specifically on whatever element you choose. Accent lighting can also be used as a feature itself – a chandelier or unique lighting fixture can be a great element in your interior design.
FUNCTIONAL OR ‘TASK’ LIGHTING
Functional lighting will serve a specific purpose. For the most part, functional lights are located in work spaces where you complete your day-to-day tasks. Lights over the dining table, pool table or in the outdoor alfresco all serve to enhance the functionality of the space. Functional lighting will provide excellent illumination and focuses on a particular area, not necessarily the overall room.
Wherever possible, it is best your complement your interior lighting with natural light. Simple passive design elements such as facing your living areas north, the inclusion of eaves and good window coverings can all help improve lighting in your home. READ MORE: A PASSIVE HOME DESIGN FOR AMAZING ENERGY SAVINGS
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