Lighting is undoubtedly the most important element of interior design. Even if your space is decorated with the best artwork or high-end furniture, it won’t look spectacular without the right lighting. We’ve come a long way from relying on natural light to control our sleep and work schedules to incorporating cutting-edge lighting technologies into minute details in each room. Thoughtful home lighting can work magic in a dim space, enhance interiors, highlight corners, and conjure up a warm atmosphere. As homeowners concentrate on other aspects of the home’s décor, lighting requirements frequently go unmet; therefore, it is important to trust experts, as lighting plays a vital role in putting the spotlight on different elements of décor. Since most people now spend the majority of their time indoors with electric lighting, it is critical to adapt artificial lighting to the patterns of natural daylight. It’s a must to choose a light with the correct ‘correlated color temperature’ (CCT) as lighting with a high CCT helps us perform tasks better, stay focused, and promote mental acuity. On the contrary, high CCT lighting in the nighttime will negatively impact human psychology. Therefore, using the right CCT lighting as per the requirement is an important factor to consider while picking the fixture. Additionally, when it comes to highlighting the features of artifacts, lighting with a high CRI rating is the ideal choice. High CRI refers to how accurately artificial light shows the colors of the objects (or people) under it. Hence, CRI lighting is used to enhance the visual appeal of the art piece.
Use of smart lighting:
The interior design industry now relies heavily on smart lighting. Smart homes would be incomplete without smart lights. Smart lighting or connected lighting enables the lighting’s colour temperature and intensity, it can significantly influence our mood. These are sensor-equipped lighting fixtures that are networked and connected remotely. Smart lighting, which was initially created to increase energy efficiency, has greatly improved user comfort and convenience. It also enables adequate preferential adjustments for necessary lighting, deliberate application, and security illumination through efficient fixtures and automated controls via mobile applications and platforms.
When it comes to designing an interior space, every area has different lighting needs. Let’s look at lighting that defines various spaces in our homes.
Lighting ideas to define the kitchen space
The hot spot of one’s house is essentially the kitchen. In addition to being used for cooking, it serves as a space for family entertainment. It needs both good general lighting and task lighting. Pendant lights are a good way to add brightness and style to one’s space. Pendant lights can be hung over kitchen islands or tabletops to create a pronounced focal point and plenty of useful light. It’s vital to choose a light fixture that fits one’s kitchen’s style and proportions and emits light downward and outward.
Ideas for Dining Room Lighting
If the dining area is part of a large open area, lighting can help designate a dining area with its special appeal and personality. By hanging a sizable pendant light above the table’s center, it can make the dining table the center of interest and draw attention to it. One can add a designer chandelier to the room if it is actually very large to make a real style statement. It’s good to pay attention to the fact that the pendant or chandelier needs to hang at least 36″ above the dining table. People may also use wall lights to cozy up the dining area. A lovely floor lamp will look excellent to cover the entire area while adding ambient and job lighting functionality.
The right lighting for the living space
The living room is the locale of many activities, such as drinking tea with friends, playing board games with children, conversing with visitors, or reading an exciting book. We can designate areas in the living space for working, relaxing, or even playing using ideas for bright lighting. The most significant option for general ambient lighting in the living area for daily activities is a dramatic pendant or cluster of pendant lights. These lights are particularly excellent for emphasizing the living area within a large open-plan.
While creating a layer, we can experiment with diverse wall lights or sconces which will add a relaxed feel to the space. Floor Lamps are also a great example of giving warmth in the living area by placing a stylish floor lamp next to the favorite armchair and creating a dedicated reading corner. The best part of floor lamps is that they can be moved around, allowing one to recreate one’s space.
To Sum Things Up
Your home reflects your personality, and larger open spaces that have not been defined can feel like a conundrum. It is important to define zones and give open houses a smooth look. Defining zones with lighting adds depth and structure to a room while creating a calmer and more organized living space
To be attributed to Mr. Prag Bhatnagar, President, Havells India Limited