How to use lighting for interior design

Lighting sets the tone and helps create the right mood in your living space. Without creative lighting, even a great work of interior architecture may fail to impress the onlooker. It is always a good idea to seek professional advice for lighting. However, if you know the basics in lighting design, you may want to try doing it yourself. It’s all about using the right type of lighting or a combination of the different types to achieve your design goals. Whether you hire an interior designer or do it yourself, here are some important things to know about lighting for interior design in Singapore.

General lighting

The purpose of using general or ambient lighting is to illuminate the entire space for more visibility. You can use different types of lights, including pendant lamps, wall sconces, and chandeliers for general lighting. Depending on your design goals, you can cast light down from or up towards the ceiling and wall. In either case, the light will reflect off the ceiling or walls to provide an overall lighting effect.

Accent lighting

If you want to highlight certain parts of your home décor, consider using accent lighting. Spotlights, such as, halogen bulbs and table lamps are perfect tools for creating this lighting effect. An experienced interior designer can help you choose the right intensity and position for accent lighting. One rule of thumb is to use accent lights that are not more than three times as bright as the overall ambient light. Also, when placing the accent lights, make sure they don’t obstruct your view. You can cast accent lights on a piece of art, painting, or some architectural works.

Task lighting

Some areas of your home may require more illumination to help you perform some daily tasks. For instance, you can consider hanging a chandelier over your dining table to ensure enough visibility while having your meals. Task lighting should be incorporated in your lighting scheme in a creative way, without hampering the look and feel of your interior décor. Make sure you use lights that are three times brighter than the overall ambient light. More importantly, you should be able to choose the right lights for the right tasks. For instance, you should avoid using fluorescent lamps for reading, because they may flicker and cause eye strains. Your options for task lighting include pendant lamps, table lamps, track lights, and floor lights.

General rules

Now that you know about the requirements and limitations of different types of lighting, you should be able to use a combination of all the types to obtain decorative lighting. An experienced designer can help you plan your lighting well. They know which lights are best suited for which rooms, whether you should use dimmer, what intensity of lights you should use, how to position the lights to achieve maximum effects, and how to create focal points with important lights. Your lighting decisions should also take into consideration your habits or how you want to use a particular room. For instance, if you have a habit of reading books in your kitchen, hence your lighting scheme should be planned accordingly.