There is no denying that lighting plays an important role in interior design and all high-end interior design firms will tell you just how vital it is that the lighting in each and every room of your home is well thought out. Not only can lighting create ambience but it is also essential to the functionality of your home and it goes without saying that task and accent lighting are all important to a good lighting design.
Unfortunately, for too many people working on design projects, lighting is an afterthought, usually because they’re unaware of its importance or they’re not really sure where to start. For this reason, our team here at The L&C Company have put together a list of things to consider when creating the lighting design for your home. Hopefully, these tips from an experienced high-end interior design firm can help you ensure everything is perfect.
How much natural light enters the room?
This is always a good place to start when creating your lighting design. Look at how much natural light enters the room and where it hits and where remains dark. You ideally want your artificial light to complement and build upon your natural light, they should work together to bring life to a space. So, don’t overlook the importance of natural lighting too.
What is the function of the space?
Not all rooms will be lit in the same way and often, the main decider for general, task and accent lighting is the function of the space. For example, it is likely that your kitchen will require different lighting to your living room or home cinema room. Think about what you will be doing in a space and how lighting can help the function of each individual room.
Does your design style impact your lighting choices?
It isn’t uncommon for luxury interiors to use lighting to aid the overall style of the design. Often, high-end interior design firms will make lighting a feature of a room. This is more so to do with the lighting fittings but, the light bulbs that are chosen are also important too. Consider what your overall design style is and whether this will go on to impact your lighting choices too.
Are you looking to make a statement with lighting?
This is also related to your design style and you will find that many trends these days make a real statement with their lighting. Again, this is usually more to do with lighting fittings but, this is still part of the lighting design. Think about how much of a statement you’d like to make with your lighting and don’t forget that proportions are very important. You want to make sure that you understand scale and that the light fits the size of the space.
Have you decided on a colour scheme?
The colour scheme you choose for your property will also impact the lighting design. Some colours can look different under different lighting, so if colour is really important to you, you need to ensure that your lighting isn’t affecting the way colours look in your room. Don’t worry, this is something else that an experienced high-end interior design firm will be able to help you with.
Do you like your lighting fittings when both lit and unlit?
Often, when choosing light fittings for a room, they will be chosen online or in a store when they don’t have a bulb in them. It goes without saying that they will look different when they’re lit and it is important to ensure that you like the fitting both ways. Think about rays of light and shadows caused by the fittings too, this may change how you feel about your lighting.
Creating the lighting design
Taking the time to carefully consider everything mentioned above can really help you to put together a detailed lighting design for your home. Of course, if you’re working alongside a high-end interior design firm when revamping your home, they will be able to assist you in this regard too. However, even still, it is beneficial to think carefully about your lighting and the more information you can provide them, the more suitable their lighting design will be.
If you’re searching for a high-end interior design firm who will be able to assist you with the redesign of your home and, in turn, your lighting design, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at The L&C Company. You can trust that every member of our team understands just how important it is to listen to our clients’ wishes and we are all genuinely interested in and have the ability to deliver every detail of your personal brief in an imaginative way.