Monday, January 7, 2013

A Short Guide to Lighting

Lighting is best when it isn't noticeable. A good interior designer knows that their art relies on sleight of hand. This is where lighting comes in. Light isn't meant to be abrasive, it is meant to soothe and smooth the hard edges, to make a room stylish rather than garish. Light should be natural, and unoticeable. If someone comments on your room by saying 'I love it! But I can't put my finger on why' then you are moving in the right direction. 

The Sheffield Guideline of Interior Design states that three factors should be taken into account when lighting a room: Function, mood and harmony. First of all a designer should think about the function of the lights. Are they being used to light an eating area? Or are they being used to light a reading area? This type of lighting is called task lighting. Table, floor and desk lamps are perfect for this. 

The second factor of lighting to take into account is the mood. This is more concerned with the actual lighting fixture rather than the light it gives off. Your lighting fixture should complement the rest of your room. If you room is made up of modern, contemporary furniture then the lamp should match them. If your room is a room based on classic design then the light fixture should represent that too. 

The third factor is harmony. Harmony is where the function and mood intertwine. Take one second and imagine a squashy vintage sofa coupled with a modernist coffee table. They don't match do they? Lights should be evenly placed around a room to offer a harmonious blend. Floor lights combined with hanging pendant lights can be a good combination. 

One webstore that offers high end designer lighting is Geoffrey Harris. They have a wide range of floor, table, desk, ceiling and garden lights. The prices can be a little steep, but you are paying for true quality.

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