Designer lighting for homes and kitchens
If you desire a contemporary designer look for your new kitchen or bathroom, then read on.
One of the most overlooked yet important elements of building design, and one that has an enormous impact on the finished product, is lighting. Light can be used to create moods –- peaceful and cosy, romantic and intimate, vibrant and exciting – or it can serve a defined function such as deterring intruders or allowing safe passage.
There are many options for lighting, depending on the mood you wish to create. Whether you’re lighting a kitchen workbench, a bathroom mirror, a treasured piece of art, or a family room, lighting adds atmosphere and enhances function.
At the moment, the trend is to create a different atmosphere and identity in each room, yet there needs to be an overall balance –- lighting can act as a ‘bridge’ between different areas in the house, or in a single room. Here are a few suggestions for creating the perfect atmosphere:
1. Add interest
A single central light source in a room provides flat and boring illumination. Mix light sources and use table lamps or uplighters along with a mixture of bulbs to create a more dynamic and interesting atmosphere. For a softer, calmer effect consider specially designed mood lights which emit a diffuse coloured light.
2. Create unity
Warm colours and soft tone bulbs will spread light more evenly and help brighten dim aspects of a room. Light up walls using frosted bulbs and place various spotlights around the room -– the entire space will then be washed and united by a single colour, providing a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Also try positioning mirrors to reflect light back into the room.
3. Warm welcome
The front door is the most important access point in the house, so light up the entrance or porch to offer guests a warm welcome. As the light will be on for a significant period of time, use an energy saver bulb, which will last up to 10 times longer and consume 80 per cent less energy than an ordinary bulb.
4. Set the mood
More and more people are seeking mood-enhancing lighting that creates a feeling of harmony. Avoid harsh shadows by choosing soft shapes and a soft tone bulb that matches each room’s colour scheme. You can also use specially designed LED mood lighting that emits a gentle, coloured light to create the desired ambience.
5. Artistic touch
Reflector lights allow you to achieve fantastic decorative effects and are a great choice for track lighting and recessed downlight fittings. Another way to achieve an indvidualised look is to choose light fittings which have a sculptural form or which cause the light to be cast in interesting patterns. You can also find illuminated water features, panels and artworks which can be used as a focal point in a room.
6. Task lighting
Lighting needs to support how you use your home, and provide flexibility. If you need to highlight something, say a kitchen benchtop or a piece of wall art, you could try a halogen reflector to provide crisp, white light. For a dining area, dimmers will allow you to adjust the lighting for an intimate meal or a lively dinner party.
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