In interior design, lighting has three major functions. Having a closer look at those functions provides the necessary information on how certain rooms or areas should be illuminated. A light color is another criterion that offers guidance for the selection of lamps. Warm white light is for example distributed by incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps. They give living spaces a very pleasant ambiance. For choosing more energy-saving lamps, fluorescent bulbs and LED lights are available in different colors. Apart from warm white, the colors neutral white and daylight white are common.
Light Functions At A Glance
Experts not only put an emphasis on general and task but also on mood lighting. While ensuring a certain level of illumination using general lighting, especially for orientation is, the function of mood lighting is completely different. In between, the illumination of targeted individual areas inside rooms is one of the major functions.
General lighting includes both adequately illuminating stairs and hallways and suitable lamps for the illumination of certain rooms. Primarily, ceiling lamps, depending on the room concept, are combined with additional light sources for a flexible use (e.g., wall sconce, table or floor lamps). Task lighting includes the illumination of specific functional areas. For example, for dining tables in the living room, a higher illumination level is needed than near the TV. This is supposed to be reflected in the choice of bulbs and lamps. To compensate for high brightness differences dimmable lights are a favorable option for the overall illumination. Finally, mood or accent lighting includes ideas such the use of colorful and stylish lamps in modern design.
Tips For Living Room, Kitchen, and Bathroom
Usually, the living room is the center of the home and where most time with family and friends is spent. To put it in the right light, the use of a lighting rod system is recommended for large living rooms. In addition to that, lighting fixtures from manufacturers such as Fabian or De Majo provide a good illumination level, because many of the lamp models have a movable head or individually adjustable pendants. Depending on the respective furnishings, task lighting varies a lot. For illuminating seating areas in living rooms, wall sconce, floor, and table lamps are good measures. Mood lighting is achieved by installing lamps focusing on indirect lighting or by adding an elegant chandelier.
In the kitchen ceiling lamps are again the first choice for having a certain amount of brightness in lighting. For adding, even more, value to general, task and mood lighting inside the kitchen, the manufacturer Anthologie Quartett offers an interesting series including the Coffee Light lamps. Height adjustable pendants perfectly put large kitchens with a dining set into focus. For an even more targeted kitchen lighting, there are also corresponding light sources mounted underneath the wall cabinets. Those recessed lighting fixtures are both practical and design conscious.
The bathroom should be characterized by a functional yet comfortable illumination. Therefore, the use of a ceiling lamp with high luminosity and the mounting of lights above mirrors or walls are recommended. When purchasing lamps, make sure that they comply with the requirements for wet locations. Manufactures such as Oty Light or De Majo offer a large selection of designer wall sconces for accent lighting in the bathrooms.
Contemporary lighting fixtures for homes are available in many sizes and styles. The author of the article gives an overview of current trends and offers more information on designer lights and their application in certain living spaces such as living room, kitchen, and bath.