Lighting is a fundamental aspect we need to have in mind when decorating spaces. When you want to change the sensations that a style of decoration in a space is transmitting, lighting is something you simply cannot overlook.
By adapting different illumination techniques to our spaces we can achieve proper decoration styles and balance in the different areas of our house.
This can change how we perceive those areas of our house in regards to different aspects, such as their size, and the energy they transmit.
We also suggest you avoid the most common mistakes when setting up the lighting of your house.
Now, we are going to explain in detail the most important lighting techniques you can use to decorate your house efficiently.
Make the most out of natural light
This is probably one of the most important lighting techniques to have in mind when decorating spaces.
We can’t always control where natural light hits our house, but when we can take advantage of it, it can be very useful.
Natural light is a source of energy for our brain, which makes us feel joy and well-being. This is why exploiting its potential is useful, and a good technique we can use for that purpose is placing mirrors that reflect the natural light through the entire enclosure of your house.
A good source of natural light is perfect for getting your day started, which is why having a window that allows natural light to pass through is an advantage. Because of that, the location of windows of that kind is very important.
For instance, a window centered in the middle of the wall allows more light to come through. It’s important to not block the windows with plants and/or furniture. We need to let the light come through without any obstacles.
Kinds of artificial lighting
The most practical and necessary alternative for lighting spaces is using artificial lighting, of which there are many variations.
A great advantage of artificial lighting is that it can be modified so it’s dimmable. That way we can set up the amount of energy we want a space to reflect.
The more intense the light, the more intense the activities we’ll associate it with. And the dimmer the light, the more we can create an atmosphere that we’ll associate with relaxation and sleeping.
On the other hand, lamps (which produce artificial light, obviously) are overall very varied, and we can take advantage of them to create different atmospheres.
Lighting according to the atmosphere
By just changing the lighting of a room you can completely change its atmosphere.
Don’t you think it can be useful to learn the advantages of good lighting?
It’s important for the lighting to match the decoration of a space. To make sure they match it’s important to keep in mind the activities that will be done in each space:
We associate warm light to “daylight”, which is relaxing. This is why it’s better to adequate calm spaces in our house with this kind of light, as well as spaces designated for resting, hanging out, and eating / dining.
Cool light can be used in rooms where we need concentration and focus for what we are doing, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
Lighting in harmony with the decoration
If we have already set up the decoration of a room, it’s important to make sure that the lighting of that space matches the respective decoration.
Lamps can help us create different effects for our rooms.
For instance, some lamps can change the size-perception of a room:
- If the room has a low ceiling, it’s better to place embedded lamps in the ceiling – doing so will increase the sensation of height and depth of the room.
- In contrast, if your space is very big, it’s better to avoid items that hang vertically. Instead, opt for installing lamps on the walls, so they can light the room without enhancing the size of the room.
Colors according to the type of light
Just like the energy transmitted by the type of light you choose is something important to keep in mind, it’s also important to make sure that the colors of your space match the type of light you use.
Don’t you think that a room where the colors are in harmony with the light is more pleasant?
That’s why it’s useful to learn which kinds of lighting match better with each color.
For instance, warm light is used for lighting spaces preferably in areas with light colors such as white – that allows the light to be reflected through the room more easily.
Decorations with dark colors require higher intensity lighting. This is because dark colors absorb light more easily.
Let’s not forget that it’s better to use lower intensity lighting in spaces that implement bright colors such as bright green or bright red. This is because these kinds of bright colors can be very invasive to our perception, becoming the only focal points of the room.
Do you wish to know more about the art of lighting and decorating? Then we invite you to check out our Pinterest board with our best lighting examples, so you can get inspiration for your next projects!