Illuminate Your Rooms with Good Lighting

Interior lighting is one of the most important components of any decorating plan. Proper lighting will add depth, warmth, and mood to a space. And it serves a functional purpose, as well.

Lighting should be chosen to match the use or purpose that it will serve. There are four basic types of interior lighting. They are:

  1. Task Lighting
  2. Accenting Lighting
  3. Ambiance Lighting
  4. Kinetic Lighting

Task lighting illuminates work or task areas and provides light for reading, sewing, hobbies, cooking, games, and focused activities.

Accent lighting is direct light focused at select surfaces. It is used to draw attention to a particular item such as art, and therefore it adds to the beauty of a space.

Ambient lighting is the overall illumination. It provides general lighting and sets the mood. It also helps to define the perimeters of a space.

Kinetic Lighting is light that moves, such as flickering candle light or the glow given off by a lit fireplace. It adds effect and drama to a space.

In addition to accomplishing a specific mood with lighting, it is important that every seating area in a space has a lighting source for tasks. This is where table lamps come in very handy. Table lamps are not only functional, but beautiful as well. Lamp bases and lamp shades can be mixed and match to add to the overall design plan.

A Few Quick Lighting Tips:

  • If a room seems closed in or cramped, let in the sun shine! Choose treatments that simply frame the window, rather than covering it up. Use sheer fabrics that allow light to enter. This will warm up the space and increase its “visual size.”
  • To add interest and depth to a space, use up-lights in corners and behind plants for a stunning effect.
  • Give yourself options with overhead lighting that can be used for tasks – as well as for creating a favorable ambiance – by using dimmer switches in each room instead of the typical light switch.
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Arlene Bobb Interior Design