Light up a room with some bright ideas
December 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM
There are some obvious factors that immediately spring to mind when you think of embarking on a new interior design project. What is the budget? What kind of timeframe do we need to work to?
Lighting is another essential element that you need to think about for every project, though it is sometimes quite poorly thought-out. Whether you’re working within a commercial or non-commercial environment, lighting can do wonders for enhancing the décor and overall look.
At Annan Interiors, we know how good lighting can make or break a room. Recently we installed some clever, bright, and colourful lighting at Terri & Co. Salon. As they do haircuts, the lighting needed to be clear and bright without being harsh and overpowering. Take a look at what we came up with in the pictures to the right.
There’s huge scope in terms of what lighting can do for your room, and it can be manipulated to create your desired effect. For example, softer lighting gives the impression of being a more relaxed atmosphere. Task lights, which are lights that are about 3 times brighter than any other lighting in a room, work well to accentuate the best décor elements (such as paintings or busts). Downlighting is another common technique as it gives a room just enough light at night, and not too much during the day, making it best for rooms that have a lot of natural light.
If you’re a novice at interior design, then you might want some help when choosing lighting, as it can require quite a lot of technical skill. Not only do you need to select the right product, but you also need to ensure that you’re getting a quality product from a trusted supplier - lighting is too important to waste your money on.
New lighting technology is coming out all the time as well, so every year there are hundreds more products to choose from, and lots of new fashionable designs to be mindful of. It’s well worth investing the time and money to attend décor shows, and interior design workshops so that you can have a better idea of what a fantastic range of lighting your space could potentially benefit from.