Lighting selection can be a hassle in interior design. A lot of people I meet seem to have the problem of simply not knowing how to acquire good light or when they do where to place which light sources and what types to use where. Hopefully I can answer all questions regarding this in the article!
Acquiring light can often be a huge problem in interior design. Sunlight is prominently considered the best typed of light due to its truly white nature not distorting any colours in a room, it’s quite frankly pleasant warmth and the pure nature of using natural light. These factors make it very desirable to use natural light in your rooms but there is the problem of acquiring it. Whilst there are modern systems that work using mirrors of glass to refract or reflect light into wanted location the only real way to get natural light is through the use of windows. This presents another problem of the fact that many homes are alongside many others therefore obstructing a lot of that precious sunlight and flats that are south-facing (or north-facing in the other hemisphere) tend to be more expensive than their counterparts. My only real tips to aid this are firstly to go for a west-facing property if at all possible, then you get the morning light and to try to use larger windows, as they not only look more stylish but let in more light. Whilst LED energy saving light bulbs are a good environmental solution there is no substitute for natural light.
It can be a lot of work but acquiring natural light is well worth it! But even so, there is no way your home can constantly be bathed in natural light. Even if you live in a glass residence when night falls you will need to use artificial light, which whilst not as good as natural light can be extremely good, especially with energy saving light bulbs and LED’s. Now, the reason I do encourage you to use natural light is mainly because artificial light firstly comes at a price but more so that it is not pure white. Even the most modern LED bulbs come in either warm white or cool white. Sometimes you will see daylight, but this is not anywhere near a natural light and is surprisingly blue so should be treated in the same way as cool white, which is a very mellow blue. Its counterpart, warm white, is a much more vibrant yellow. This means that whilst cool white excels in kitchens or baths rooms with a more white and pure colour scheme it can make any room with more rich colours feel clinical where warm white will actually enhance the colours. On the other hand, warm white light bulbs in a kitchen unless there is a rather bright colour pallet will just contrast will the white and make the room look an ugly sickly yellow.
This is all there really is to different types of light and how to use and acquire them. I do hope this is enough to help you all, and if you feel I’ve missed something please contact me and hopefully I can edit it in!