A major reason why so many homeowners feel unhappy with the results of a home remodel is that they ignore the importance of lighting in creating the look and feel they want in the house. Moving or removing walls, changing flooring, adding rooms, painting and décor are all important aspects of the remodel. However, in the final analysis, how all the changes appeal to the senses depends on how they look and that is where lighting has a major influence. That is why architects and interior designers place so much emphasis on lighting planning when designing the interior of a home.
Lighting planning is more than simply deciding how many lamps are needed in a room and where they should be placed. There are three main elements to lighting planning and understanding what they are will ensure that a home is lit as it should be so that it looks warm and inviting and is also functional.
What are the moods you want to create in different parts of the home? Should the living room be bright and open during the day and quieter and calmer in the evenings? Should the kitchen be lit the same while cooking as when the family is eating there? Should the bathroom have two light zones – bright near the mirrors and subdued in the bath area? How you feel in a room will depend a great deal on how it is lit. Keep the moods you want to create in mind when planning your renovation.
What will a room be used for? What will people be doing in it? The lighting must match the function of the room. Recessed concealed lighting may look very nice, but will it be right for a study or office where a lot of reading will be done? Will the glare of excessively bright lights ruin the TV watching experience? Mood is important, but so is function. The lighting in a room must be right for what the room is used for.
There are innumerable types and designs of light fittings available. The choice of what should be used in the home is generally a matter of personal taste. However, that being said, there is a place for everything. Excessively ornate fittings may look odd in a kitchen. Purely functional fittings may look out of place in a living room. When choosing light fittings, balance your personal preferences with the mood and function factors mentioned above. This will help to create a room people enjoy being in.
The Daylight Advantage
During the daylight hours, there is nothing like natural sunlight to illuminate the interior of a home. Not only does it create a bright and positive aura, but it also stimulates the mind and body to be active. In many homes, there are places where there is limited or no access to sunlight because of the lack of windows and skylights or obstruction to the flow and entry of light. The solution to this problem is a simple one – install daylighting systems. Quick to install, highly efficient, with zero electricity consumption and with elegant light fittings to suit any interior décor, they are the ideal way to add the kind of lighting that makes a home remodel successful. To know more about what daylighting is, how it works, where it can be used and to have all your questions answered, contact a dealer in daylighting systems who will do a free in-home consultation.