Lighting can often be the last thing we think about when we are designing a space. We might think, “Well, I can use that one can light that’s in the ceiling and put a lamp there, it’ll be good.” But there are few things that set the mood, create an atmosphere or permit proper functionality more than lighting.
In a small space there are often many things happening; reading, watching tv, entertaining, eating, sleeping, meditating or writing. There are three basic types of lighting to consider; task, ambient and decorative. Bringing all three together gives us the flexibility to utilize one small space for many tasks and purposes. Besides improving the function of a room, lighting can make a small space feel larger and more interesting by accentuating height, architectural features. art and greatly loved objects.
There are some simple things to consider when selecting lighting:
1) We gain flexibility when we use dimmer switches
2) It makes a room more interesting when we consider table and floor lamps as art
3) A room will feel more useful when we identify the tasks the room will serve and provide light at the proper height and strength
4) We are able to set a mood by providing special ambient lighting
5) We can add drama by accent lighting all the room’s special features; art, architecture and dramatic lines
6) It’s possible to create depth by layering lighting with floor-based up lighting, table lamps, floor lamps, sconces and overhead lights.
7) We can use a single dramatic piece, like a chandelier or large pendant, to create focus and define a space.
8) Selecting a material that coordinates with the atmosphere and design of a room adds texture
9) We can utilize lighting to create symmetry and balance in a room.
Lighting becomes an opportunity to make a small room multi-functional, more beautiful, more interesting and more spacious. Light is a creative force and filling a room with it in special ways brings a room alive.
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