The right type of lighting in a room can create the perfect atmosphere and can also define spaces. When choosing the lighting of any particular room, first consider the room’s primary function, its focal point, seating, the colour scheme and the desired mood. Then consider the amount and quality of light required.

The right type of lighting in a room can create the perfect atmosphere and can also define spaces. When choosing the lighting of any particular room, first consider the room’s primary function, its focal point, seating, the colour scheme and the desired mood. Then consider the amount and quality of light required.

There are three main types of lighting, which include ambient (or general), task, and accent. With ambient lighting, illumination may come from one central source, like a ceiling fixture, or several different sources. Dimmers can also be added to alter the atmosphere.

Ambient lighting is the more general background lighting in any room that typically has more than one overhead fixture that turn on. Task lighting can illuminate workspaces, so aim to have the same brightness level throughout the room including desk lamps, which therefore causes less strain on the eyes.

Accent lighting is perfect for highlighting the focal points of a room and favourite artworks or architectural features of a room. Although, accent lighting that is too harsh and dramatic, will destroy the desired effect and wash out the colours of the room.

To create balance and harmony between all three lighting types, the trick is to combine them. When creating a lighting plan for any living space, some key considerations include: having a light fixture on the floor projecting up through a plant to create a dramatic patterned effect on the wall and ceiling.

Interesting floor or table lamps are a versatile option for lighting when reading. To illuminate collectibles or personal artefacts, use built-in halogen or fluorescent lights in bookshelves and the entertainment unit. Lastly, in any room when it comes to lighting, more is better as lights that aren’t needed at times can be turned off.

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