Lighting is the foundation for great design. This is a sentiment near and dear to my heart! As a certified lighting designer, I know that lighting is one of the most important elements in any room, but it’s also frequently overlooked. The right lighting can make you feel relaxed or help you to be more productive.
When thinking about designing your lighting for your space, try to create a flexible scheme that can take you from dawn to dusk.
To make sure your home’s lighting works for you, first consider how you’re going to use each room. The best lighting designs have multiple layers of light that can be used together or separately, to create different moods. Typically, lighting design is separated into three main categories: ambient, task, and accent. When used properly, it can make you the hit of the party!
1-Ambient lighting (General lighting)
Ambient lighting is the foundation of your lighting. It starts with, for example, recessed lighting or ceiling lights that illuminate the room from overhead. Examples of Ambient lighting are chandeliers, pendant lights, track lighting or wall sconces. These are the lights that wash the whole room in a glow that allows you to move through your space with ease. While this lighting is essential to your comfort in your home, this lighting is not suitable for tasks that require detail work.
Tips of the trade: If your room does not allow for an overhead light, you can add a torchiere lamp to create a similar effect. Most rooms without an overhead light will have an upside-down outlet which, upon entering a room, indicates it is controlled by a switch.
Task lighting is arguably the most important lighting you can put into your home. This is the lighting you need when you have to do detail work or focus for long hours. This is a smaller and more concentrated light. Task lighting would be, for example, a desk or table lamp, swing arm lamps, and or bathroom vanity lights. Detail lighting allows you to do paperwork or sew on a button.
Another key area for Task lighting is in the kitchen. Undercabinet lighting is a great way to not strain your eyes while reading a cookbook or washing the dishes. This lighting is the most important because it protects your eyesight for the years to come. Did you know that at age forty, you need twice as much light as you did when you were twenty, and doubles again by age 60? Good lighting can make all the difference between seeing and not seeing, now and in the future to come.
3- Accent lighting (Decorative lighting)
Accent lighting is where you can have a bit of fun! This is a place to show your personality or the flare of the architecture in your home. This is a very specific light with the intention of drawing the eye to one area. Accent lighting is a way of adding high style and drama to your home. The perfect use for accent lighting is to wash a wall, artwork, bookcase displays, pieces of furniture, collections, and architectural details of your home. Accent lighting is one of the types of lighting that creates dimension and drama.
Tips of the trade: Use dimmers whenever possible. This allows you to change the mood of your lighting to match your activities.
By combining and layering all these lighting types, your home will be more attractive, exciting, and inviting!
Lawrance is excited to share these and many more design ideas with you, our extended family. We believe everyone deserves to be comfortable in style. If you need a partner or guide in this endeavor, please call or visit one of our two locations in San Diego. We have a talented team of design experts ready and waiting to help you Love The Home You Live In!
Lexi Sadler is a well respected interior designer, with 12 years of experience. Her focus has always been on creating a space that her clients will love for years to come. She believes everyone works hard and deserves to come home to their own personalized sanctuary. With her knowledge and unique sense of style, she remains an invaluable asset to her clients, both new and old.