Lighting is as powerful as colour. Just as paint can be used to create a certain visual effect and mood in a room, lighting can also be used for a similar purpose. Before I took an interest in interior design, I cared about one type of light, which is the one that is usually overhead in rooms. In this blog post, I am going to break down the different types of lighting and how you can use these in your home.
The purpose of lighting in a home is pretty obvious. If you’ve been through a power cut you know how easily a room can go from cosy to unpleasant without light. We need lights to see properly. Depending on the strength of lamps and how we place them, we can create a mood and atmosphere in a room with them.
Form or function
When you’re planning an interior you want to think about both the ability of the lamp to do its job and its design. Some questions you might want to ask are what kind of lighting do I need? What lighting is already in the room?
Types of lighting
- General lighting – a ceiling lamp or light fixture that spreads ambient light over the whole room.
2. Task/work lighting – a reading lamp by the armchair or sofa; lighting over work surfaces in the kitchen, a desk lamp
3. Spotlighting – accent lighting or spotlights directed at a wall of pictures, a work of art, bookcase
4. Atmosphere/ decorative lighting – mood lighting, dimmable small lamps, string lights, candles
I hope I’ve inspired you to add more lighting in your home. Let me know below what you think! Sources for all pictures : Pinterest.