As winter approaches, the light takes on a crisp grey quality. It’s beautiful, inspiring even, and best enjoyed from the comfort of indoors(!). Equally, your lighting indoors is affected by the change of seasons. It feels flatter and heavier somehow, particularly in rooms with large windows. It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on your lighting aesthetic.
“Lighting is a significant element in interior design,” James says. “It can dictate mood, enhance the drama and add decorative + design detail.”
The 3 types of lights
Each of these should be incorporated into your home:
- Ambient – general lighting for overall illumination
- Task – allows you to perform specific activities like reading, cooking, coiffing
- And accent – creates visual interest and draws the eye to specific areas e.g. wall art, mirrors and other decorative accents
How to apply different lighting sources to your space
Consider how to best serve the function of the room
Think about the activities that take place here. Lighting beneath cabinetry or above kitchen islands is ideal for food prep. Similarly, placing lighting near the TV will detract from the picture and strain your eyes. Opt instead for a pendant or desk lamp next to or behind where you are sitting.
Add a dimmer to overhead lights
This gives you greater flexibility with your light levels to adapt to different times of the day, your mood, your activities.
Diversity your light sources
The benefits of light-layering
You save electricity
You only use what you need (i.e. a table lamp if you’re reading on the sofa)
You increase the useability of your space
Update the atmos to match your mood or activity or create multiple areas within the one room
You draw attention to each room’s features
You can highlight key elements within your home for visual impact.