When it comes to creating stunning design themes for luxury homes, interior designers use a number of different tools. They custom design furniture and installations, outdoor features, flooring designs and fireplace installations and cabinetry etc. However, one of the frequently overlooked concepts in interior design is lighting.
Regardless of how beautifully and elegantly your home has been designed, if the lighting isn’t planned well, it can break the look of the space. The right kind of lighting can uplift even the most minimalistic-styled homes and can allow the personality and style of the owners to shine through. If you want your luxurious wall coverings, opulent furnishings and customised flooring materials to shine through, you should ensure that your designer is planning the indoor lighting well.
Energy-Efficient Lighting – Why Focus On It?
Most homeowners are now leaning towards the green building concept and make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint by using the right kind of insulation, UV reflective exterior paints, solar panels for lighting etc. It’s also a good idea to switch to LED bulbs because:
- These offer 80% more energy-efficiency than standard bulbs and can provide up to 50,000 hours of illumination.
- They are available in a number of different colours and fittings and are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use.
- In addition, these bulbs emit “cool light”. This is because a major portion of their energy is converted into light rather than heat. And so, even if you have a lot of LED bulbs being lit all at once in your home, that won’t impact the indoor temperature negatively.
- This results in less stress on your HVAC system as well, which eventually translates into more cost savings.
Lighting Should Be In Sync With the Furniture and Joinery
The lighting in your home isn’t a standalone aspect of interior design. This means, you have to plan it based on the elements, furniture and décor that is going to be in any particular space. It’s important to use lighting elements that will complement and flatter the styling and look of the furniture you have in your home. You can use soft lighting in the more informal spaces and a certain amount of white light can be incorporated in areas where task lighting is required. Keep in mind that white light lends a very harsh and cold look to a room, while yellow light makes indoor spaces look more mellow and welcoming. You can use a mix-and-match of different types of lighting to achieve the effect you want; the different types of fittings you can use are:
- Recessed lighting
- Floor lighting
- Under counter and under cabinet lighting
- Track lights
- Mains voltage lamp lights
- Pendant lights
- Step washers
- Floor lamps and ceiling lamps
- Sconces for walls and nooks or hallways
- Chandeliers for dining rooms or large entranceways
- Under bed lighting
- Lights in false ceilings
- In–ground uplights
- Low voltage spot lights
- Task lighting for kitchen, dining, living and study areas
Creating the Right Lighting Scheme
The key to good lighting in a home is to use the appropriate types of light fittings in the right positions. Very simply, if any lighting features don’t have specific tasks, you should delete them from the lighting plan. Make a conscious effort to avoid scattering fittings across the home just for a general infill. These will only end up lighting the floor and will also visually close a room down.
Creating luxury homes is a lot about getting every aspect of interior design right. You should work with a skilled interior designer to help you pick the right kind of lighting plans and fixtures. For any more information about building a luxury home call us today. We work very closely with our clients to ensure they get the kind of solutions they need.
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