Decorative Lighting Design
Bring out your Interior Design Theme
A key factor in lighting design is to utilise the lighting to bring out and enhance the interior design. A fundamental factor here is to match the style of lighting, for example, utilise contemporary lights or traditional lighting to complement the interior design theme. Then by example, if your interior design has architectural features like pillars, for instance, then use narrow beam angle accent lights to bring them to life. At the other extreme if the style is classical Victorian, then complement the traditional furnishings with traditional crystal chandeliers.
These days base kitchen lighting ordinarily consists of a matrix of ceiling lights which will provide the base functional lighting for the
space. However, be sure to complement these with some stylist pendants or crystal lighting for a traditional kitchen to add some glamour and
style into the space. Then to bring out the cabinets you can recess LED strip underneath the edge of the work tops, which then will wash
light across the cabinet doors or if you are feeling ambitious then use RGB colour controlled strip.
Complement this with under-cabinet lighting which can be either achieved by using LED strip or cabinet lights and why not operate these with hand wave sensors to introduce some modern but effective control. If the budget allows then cornice LED strip hidden in recesses can also be used to provide an elegant wash across the ceiling and if you are feeling really ambitious then have a fibre optic star light section above the island. These are some ideas which can be combined effectively to produce a stunning effect.
The Dining and Living Room
I am always in favour of ceiling lights in a dining room, which can either be modern or traditional crystal which in larger rooms can be complemented by wall lights. Bring the lights down to a height of about 4 feet above the dining room table so you get a good visual impact from the light but it is not obtrusive when you are looking at the person across the table. By contrast the living room can be far more free style with either spot lights combined with LED strip washing across the ceiling, or by using some carefully positioned decorative ceiling lighting with classical shades to match the room decor.
Control of the lighting is an important aspect of any lighting concept. If the budget is constrained then this can be done by using good quality LED dimmers and hand help remote RGB controllers for LED strip combined with occupancy sensors for bathrooms and occasional use rooms. Alternatively, if the budget permits then use a lighting control system so you can set lighting themes for the different rooms dependent on the usage. For example a living area might have 3 themes for relaxation, TV viewing and reading. These 3 themes would then allow the different lights, typically ceiling lights, wall lights and LED strip to be set to appropriate levels for each scene. On entering the room you can then simply push the appropriate theme button and the lights will be set accordingly.