Lighting in Interior Design
One of the essential aspects of Interior Design, and one that is often overlooked, is lighting. When we look at lighting in interior design, we have to remember the four types of lighting and their purpose – Ambience, Task, Mood and Accent.
Types of Lighting
Ambient lightings are the lights that you would use to illuminate the whole space. In Singapore, the popular options for this kind of lighting are downlights, cove lighting and even surface lights.
Task lighting as its name suggests is light that would serve you for a specific purpose like cooking, reading, and grooming. Task lights are usually harsh and bright to ensure that you are able to carry out your tasks in a well-lit space.
Mood lighting on the other hand is used to create an inviting and cosy feeling to a home. Used mostly in the form of table or floor lamps, these mood lighting would create a pool of light on the floor or wall, giving the space depth and dimension.
Finally, there is the Accent lighting. This is the light that we would use to highlight specific things in a space, like an artwork, or something sculptural. Thus, this kind of lighting needs to be stronger than ambient light in order to be bright enough to shine on the object.
For this article, we would focus on the lighting used in the dining area. If you would like to keep the dining area simple and sleek, having downlights is the best way to go. For such a setting, you would need to have a false ceiling done so that the lights can be mounted on the ceiling and all trunking will be hidden inside the false ceiling.
However, it is also a good idea to have a pendant light or chandelier installed in the dining room. The lights can be a statement piece and create a visual treat for the space. How do you decide the kind of chandelier/pendant lighting that would work for your dining area?
First of all, you have to decide on the kind of dining table you would use for your home, as well as the size. The light should be half to three-quarters of the size of the dining table. If the lighting is too small, the balance will be off, and the space will not be harmonious. If the lighting is too big, it will overwhelm the space, and divert focus from the main feature of the dining space, which is the dining table.
We would always recommend suspending the lights in such a way that the lowest point of the light lies between 75cm – 90cm from the dining table. This would illuminate the table nicely while still being aesthetically pleasing. While such height could also mean that the lights might be at eye level when you are standing up, you need not worry about the glare as we would be seated most of the time during dining.
Another aspect that you would need to take into consideration is also the shape of the table. If you are going with a round table, a rounded light would complement the space well. On the other hand, a rectangular, or an oval light would work perfectly for a rectangular dining table.
However, while these are guidelines to help you find the perfect lighting for your dining space, you should never be confined by it. If you like round lights but have a rectangular dining table, we can always pair two or three lights together to form something linear that would work nicely with the dining table.
In terms of aesthetics, keep the lighting design simple if there are stronger elements in your dining area (i.e. odd-shaped tables or table tops with visible veins or grains). If the dining table and chairs are simple and minimalistic, then a statement piece would work amazingly well to lend an architectural feel to the dining area. Plus, choose a design that works with the overall theme of your home. Nothing looks more peculiar than having lights that do not complement the theme of the house.
Always remember that lighting should always be considered carefully, as it could make or break the design of the room. Throughout the planning of your home, we will guide you on the aesthetics that work best with your home design so that we could ensure that while your home is well-lit, the lighting design would also add that touch of class and sophistication to your home.
We have come to the end of this article, what kind of lighting would you consider for your home?
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