Updated: Oct 14, 2019
Lighting is key element in interior design as it creates the mood and ambiance of a living space. Without proper lighting interior design cannot be experienced to the fullest. Good lighting can create a warm, inviting and functional atmosphere in your home. Therefore, selection of proper lighting is the essential element in interior design as it enhances everything in a room - from the furniture, flooring, fittings to the finishes and textures
It can change the overall mood instantly.
Colour of the lighting is a big deal in create the right mood in the right space. Messing up with wrong colour of the light in the space can be very annoying. For example, putting a warm white (3000K) colour temperature lighting in bedroom can create a relaxing mood for you to rest calmly in your room instead of bright day light (6000K) where is too bright to set a rest for a day, which a lot of people do not know about this simple theory. It is important to know the function of that space and decide what colour temperature to fit with the activity in that space.
It can create the sense of ambience in that space.
Ambience created when brightness meets with the darkness, which mean that space must have a little amount of darkness with shadow to create that feeling of calmness. Hence, a directional lighting can be used to highlight or focus specific elements such as wall painting or kitchen island to create layers of light and texture between all this design element. Track lighting is the perfect example of directional lighting. Use recessed lighting in floors and ceilings can create vertical beams of light as opposed to an overall glow from central light fixtures hanging from a ceiling.
Understand the functionality of space and increase productivity.
Lighting needs to serve a purpose for the space, or else it just simply wastes of electricity. A workstation required a bright light to be able to increase the productivity of your work, because you really don’t want to find your tools or work under a romantic light. Wall lights not just provide illumination for the space but also can make the space look bigger and taller. Look into task-specific lighting for desks and other work areas where functionality is more important than overall room illumination.