Lighting can set the entire mood of a room as well as activities spent in it. Having the right setup for your lighting can transform a space, whether by altering colours or by using strategic shadows to change perceptions of space and size.
There are even studies that indicate that different colours can directly influence moods, and different lighting can have different physiological effects on the human body.
Kitchen lighting should be bright and warm, eliminating shadows to help create both the appearance of cleanliness and help keep work areas well-lit. Multiple lighting sources are always good, whether from both wall and ceiling lights or smaller lights for individual areas.
Warm tones help the area feel more homely and safe. If you do need to go with cooler tones, match it to a modern kitchen with white and chrome details to create an ultra-modern technological look.
Bathroom lighting varies and can be adjusted to match your current theming. Cool tones are ideal due to the frequent use of blues and whites in bathroom colour schemes, but warm tones can suit an earth-tone bathroom. Mirror lights are a good choice, and infrared lights can add literal warmth to the room.
Living rooms come in many styles so it's a good idea to match your lighting to your interior design style. Smaller node lights create a feeling of a curated space for minimalist rooms, particularly if used to highlight individual items of art, decoration or furniture.
Strategic shadows from point source lights create an intimate, veiled feeling. When entertaining, brighter lights create a lively feel, whereas dimmer, warmer tones can create a calmer and more sedate environment.
Having multiple light switches or dimmers can also help you adjust between different styles of lighting, which is useful for a commonly used room like the living room.
As offices are generally private workspaces, bright cool lights provide both clean and easy viewing and help to keep you alert and focussed. Studies have shown the bright cool lights, particularly fluorescent lights with cool blue undertones, can actually prevent the brain from getting tired for a time.
Be aware though that while this may be useful when you need to stay awake, it can also keep you awake when you don’t want it to and potentially disrupt your sleep. For this reason, a desk or floor lamp with warmer tones is a useful backup and can add to an existing theme.
Warm tones are important in a bedroom, as are slightly dimmer lights. These both combine to promote restfulness, as well as creating a warm and intimate feeling. Having a bedside lamp in addition to other lighting is a good idea, not just for convenience's sake, but to help create a more shadowed and cosy feel.
If you need bright light for a closet, try a track light system, which can be mounted near or inside a closet and will provide bright and clear illumination as needed.
An entertainment area may be either an internal room in the home or an external deck or patio. In both cases, bright and warm lights are generally the way to go, as they provide clear illumination for activities and create a friendly atmosphere.
For an external area, LED lighting comes in hundreds of styles, some quite striking and original. They provide small, bright, and efficient light sources. If trying to illuminate a large outdoor area, try and use several smaller lights. This will provide a more complete feel compared to a single bright spotlight, which may make guests feel highlighted and may create both uncomfortable bright spots and darkly shaded areas.
Lighting is essential in creating the right feel for any room in your house—and even outside it. Matching a room’s use and theme to lighting is important. Take advantage of multiple lighting systems and technical innovations this summer to ensure you come away with the perfect lighting for your home.