Category: Interior Design

Expert Tips For Interior Lighting

Are you wanting to create a glow that is flattering in a room but still have a sufficient amount of wattage so that you can see what you are doing? Our quick lesson on bulbs, fixtures and lamps (in addition to some handy room-by-room tips) will help to light the way.

What Type Of Lighting Is Needed In Each Room?

Two rules of thumb come into play here: You need to have the right task lighting to meet the activity requirements for the specific space (getting dressed, sauteing, reading) and you need to have a mixture of light sources to create an inviting ambiance. Here are some expert interior lighting tips for five key areas.

living-room-lighting-ideasLiving Room:

Illuminate three out of the room’s four corners. Focus one of the lights onto an object (chair, plant, art). Use a mixture of floor lamps and table lamps, with some shining upward and some having a downward glow. Have as many seats as you can for reading. Use down-glowing lamps that have three-way switches. If there are any overhead fixtures, use a dimmer with them.

dining-room-lighting-chandelierDining Room:

In order to draw people into the room, have the table be the room’s brightest spot. Use pendant lighting or a chandelier over the table, and limit total wattage to 100 watts. In the other parts of the room, it is best to use indirect lighting – it is both flattering and relaxing. Provide a subtle glow to the space by using matching sconces on the above wall or small table lamps placed on a sideboard. Another nice touch can be to use battery-powered votives placed inside a china cabinet with a glass front.

kitchen-lighting-designKitchen:

Your focus here should be on overhead lighting (using a dimmer that can be cranked up during those times when you are cooking). Also add lower sources of light for illuminating your work surface. A sturdy table lamp (that is kept away from your sink), under-cabinet lights or pendant lighting can be used.

bedroom-lighting-ideasBedroom:

Your aim should be for an insular, cozy environment: By the bed place sconces or reading lamps. However, don’t point the lights directly at the bed. If there are track or recessed fixtures, angle them towards your dressing area and away from your bed. Add an intimate, small lamp to a low table that has a low-wattage, tinted bulb in order to resemble the feeling of candlelight.

bathroom-vanity-side-lightsBathroom:

Sidelights are the best solution for applying makeup, like a pair of sconces that are flanked by the bathroom mirror. Having an overhead light helps with filling in any shadows that are on your face in addition to completely lighting up the room (which is important whenever you are doing your cleaning). If you have a large space, you may want to also have a light directly over your shower.

Mind Blowing Office Designs

 

Another one of our favorite websites, Office Design Gallery, has example after example of incredible designs for office spaces, guaranteed to get those creative juices flowing. Take a look at this example, the Horizon Plaza Warsaw, that takes some liberties with extremism but blends it perfectly to create a space that captures imagination but stops just short of over-doing it.

Horizon Plaza Warsaw

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The 3 Principles Of Interior Design

Use these pointers to account for the personality, function, and mood of any decorating project

interior-designA properly designed interior should not only a certain feeling or mood and shows off the personality of its residents, but is also practical and functions well. The attention to these 3 important aspects – mood, function, and personality will ensure a decorating success.

Before you paint or rearrange, try to spend more time thinking about the place, your family, and your lifestyle. Peruse through several magazines and relevant webpages for inspiration to get ideas that will appeal to you. Collect the various things you like or make you feel good around your home. Study them carefully paying attention to color hues and even the kind of mood you want in your house. This is a great place to start building your dream living area.

For the rest, you can start with function.

When it comes to decorating a house, it is usually more than just eye appeal. It’s all about making the room work for you. Read on to find out how it should be done:

1. Focal Point

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These are the places where the eyes immediately travel to when a person enters the room. At times, different rooms will have different focal points. It could be the built in bookcase, a fireplace, or even a bay window that has a nice view. When a room doesn’t have a natural focal point, you can create one by a colorful area rug or a dynamic piece of art.

2. Furniture

furnitureFind out where the furniture will satisfy the functions that you have planned for that particular room. If a particular piece doesn’t work for you; maybe it’s too large or too small for that room, replace it with something else by trading it off with something more appropriate.

For proper furniture arrangement, be sure to draw the room on a graph paper. Don’t forget to measure and mark the switches and electrical outlets, windows, doors, and vents. Then measure your furniture and put it in the plan. In general, the major pieces of furniture should be directed towards the focal point. Moreover, the major traffic areas should be kept open. Remember to balance between the heavy and light pieces as well as the high and low pieces.

3. Lighting

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This should be selected according to the visual appeal you would like and the functions of the room as well. Some tasks will either require direct sunlight or lighting from a lamp, or an indirect lighting that basically brighten the room for comfortable TV watching or for conversation. Use accent lighting such as track lighting, floor spots, or recessed spotlights to enhance the color, texture, and even room details.

4. Mood

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The feeling or the mood of the room is essentially formed by your specific choice of style, color, type of furnishings, as well as the amount of pattern and texture you choose as well as the accessories in place. Creating the mood involves thinking about a lot of things, but you can establish a theme by selecting an piece of inspiration that could make this entire part of decorating more exciting and interesting.

So, what factors should you address when you want to set a mood?

The Piece of Inspiration
Starting with some sort of inspiration is the easiest way to start a decorating project. A favorite scarf, a decorative pillow, or even magazine photos are great places to start. Be sure to choose this piece wisely, making sure it makes you feel nice every time you look at it. The pieces form the basis of choosing the theme, patterns, colors, and textures.

Theme
Develop a theme from the inspiration piece you chose. For example, a botanically designed needlepoint pillow on a dark background can inspire a theme title, “classic botanical garden” or a name of your choice. Being descriptive with your theme can help you come up with all sorts of supporting ideas. Striped walls, botanical prints, formal fabrics, floral and green colors, dark woods, classic furniture, and black accents can fit this theme.

Colors
The color should always support the theme. In most cases, the most appropriate colors for the theme can be found in the design and patterns from your piece of inspiration. In general, it is best to go with the 3 colors in a room; the dominant color from walls fabric backgrounds, and carpeting, an accent color, which is used sparingly to add to the excitement and energy around the house, or the secondary color found throughout the room in accessories and fabrics.

Patterns
Checks, stripes, plaids, and florals are just some of the patterns you should keep in mind as you support and complement your theme. You are free to mix patterns as long as you abide by the following:

  • Maintain the same background color
  • Ensure that all patterns share the same color
  • Use varying sizes and scale of the patterns

Texture
It becomes tiresome to use too many shiny, smooth objects, or even too much rustic, nubby texture. In this case, use a variety to keep the design interesting. Remember that a pattern may be used as texture. Also, many prints usually look dimensional and will add depth in a decorating scheme.

5. Personality
You can put your personal stamp in your well-designed and planned room. Here’s how:
Accessorize
Vases, pictures, area rugs, and pillows, are some of the integral parts in a good decorating project. These should ideally support the theme in play, but be flexible enough to allow other accessories. You can put an antique picture frame to add that wonderful elegance into a contemporary room. Accessories can be put on mantels, walls, floors, tabletops, furniture, etc. and can be photos, paintings, or even pillows.

Whimsy
You can optionally use this in your decorating project, though it can counteract some of the sterile quality created by a strict following of each of the guidelines. A playful quilt over the fireplace can offer some relief to a beautiful country living room.

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