Good lighting – Bigger rooms
I am sure that you have been confronted with the dilemma of making that small space, in which you have been forced to cram your life, seem larger. We have been there too. It is really a challenge, but when you have finished your re-decoration, that small crammed, claustrophobic space is going to transform into a cosy, Zen-like retreat.
This is the most common problem with which homeowners need to deal with. We are designed to think that every little bit of our lives needs to be present and in a small space, everything counts. But we have a very good news! The key to achieve this performance of designing a space in which seems barely big enough to fit all our day-to-day commodities and furniture, to seem large and breathable, is maybe easier than you have imagined.
There is no need for a long chat with an architect or a builder. You just need to trick your eye into believing that your room increasingly feels larger and more spacious. As you might have guessed from the article title, by simply modify and arrange the lighting in your room, you can generate this effect. This which will not only make your room feel bigger, but more inviting, utterly chic and multi-functional at the same time!
It is essential to maximise lighting, either we are talking about daylight and artificial light. This is an underrated aspect of designing a room, which deprives you of that positively affect which light provides.
Daylight – a delight (when available)
Who doesn’t enjoy the brightness of the Sun, warming up the entire room? Allowing natural light into your home is the best decision. It not only connects interior with the outdoors, but it makes it look more inviting and nevertheless, larger. Big, wide and uncovered windows should be on your to do list.
But, if, for privacy reasons, or unpleasable view, you can use sheer, simple window coverings. For example, it’s advisable to use wood or metal patterns, stripes or light colour curtains. Furthermore, you can use small vases with flowers or plants, which are not interfering with the natural light.
Artificial light – your chance to become creative
Daylight is one of the most impressive and effective ways to create a successful illusion of space, but what happens when the Sun sets? What happens when you don’t have enough natural light? For a small room, it’s important to use the correct visual impact and style of the light.
All the corners of the room should be lit. If they are not, make sure you fix this issue! A single centre of attraction, in this case, a single ceiling light will create a vignette, an unnecessary dark shroud, which creates the feeling of a small room. And this is what we try to avoid. An easy solution is always built-in spotlights in the ceiling, but why limit ourselves? The built-in spotlights are not creating any impact on our design.
Just add a low hanging ceiling pendant shade, which will create a vertical line, because they throw an intense light down, creating the effect of a faded space above. It will make the room both look and feel lighter, airy, unfastened and on top of that, it makes it more styled. These pendant shades come in all styles and sizes, as you can see from our website. This is a simple trick to be used to turn an ordinary room intro a fabulous and extraordinary retreat.
A central point of interest is not the main aim. There should be certainly both a distribution and variation of light sources in the room. Research undertaken on the importance of lighting proved that we perceive a wide range of lights coming from different locations in a non-uniform distribution to be pleasant, as it is similar to the ways in which the Sun rays function. There should be always enough other types of sources, such as lights on the walls, bookshelf, floor and table lamps.
If you want, for example to create a stylish effect, you can play with the dramatic usage of shadows. Focus the lights on walls and ceilings, if they are white or a different pale-light colour. Or, you can definitely focus the light on a certain object, be it a painting, sculpture or a family picture. The walls will look faded; therefore, they create the illusion that the room is larger than it is.
A vast majority of shadows is compressed on bookshelves and shelves in general. If you want to create a futuristic, minimal design, you should try inserting LED strip lights and illuminate the darkness spaces between shelves. On the other hand, if you are more inclined to a traditional and cosy atmosphere, you should use a small table lamp or spot-lights to accentuate the furniture.
If the kitchen is your problem, you can consider it to be solved. Instead of using high-celling pendant light, why not use it just above the table? It creates an Italian restaurant atmosphere with a pinch of that childhood cosiness.
Types of light
Choosing the right light colour of your bulb is more important than you have thought. Bulbs usually create a warm, cosy and inviting atmosphere, with that yellowish glow. But, the halogen achieves the performance of brightening up a small space, with a bright white light, but it lacks on creating an atmosphere.
What we advise you to do? Combine all kinds of light! Now, the LED technology offers you a wide range of ambiance lights, from a cold, harsh light to a warm, delightful light.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading!
Angela Berry & Team x