Lighting is one of the most important design elements in any home or office, and the level and quality of light in a room can dramatically affect your experience. Both natural and artificial light can be manipulated to influence your mood, and can make you feel more relaxed, or more alert and productive.
How Does Lighting Differ?
A rule of thumb is that higher levels of light create feelings of alertness and productivity, whilst low levels of light create feelings of restfulness or intimacy. It is necessary for offices to be well-lit, as well as spaces such as kitchens and studios where you will be working. You might want a dining room to be brightly lit during breakfast or lunch, and then softly lit for a romantic dinner, which can be created through the installation of a dimmer.
Natural light is important for your mental well-being and health. Sunlight contains Vitamin D, which boosts your serotonin levels. People who don’t get enough natural light may experience depression, and suffer from low levels of productivity. It is important to let natural light into your living space during the day, so large windows and skylights are important design elements that help maximise your exposure to this healthy light.
Creating a Relaxed Ambience
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Natural light should be taken advantage of, but for much of the day, artificial light will lead the way. Adjusting the quality of light in your home is integral to making it seem more liveable, and you will need different levels and types of light for each room, depending on the mood you want to invoke.
It can be necessary to eliminate natural light from a room in order to create a more peaceful mood. Anyone who has intended to sleep in, only to be woken up at 7am by light streaming in through their windows, understands the importance of shutters and blinds in creating a restful environment.
Low levels of light are important in bedrooms as well as studies or living rooms where you want to relax. Naked bulbs aren’t restful, and it’s important to cover or shade lights in such areas. You can add a fireplace to living rooms in order to create a more peaceful mood as nothing compares to sitting around and talking softly by the flickering light of a fire.
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The colour of light should also be taken into consideration. Rosy-hued lights are restful and warm, and can be used in bedrooms or other areas where you want to create a romantic mood. Lights at the other end of the spectrum, such as blues, violets and green, are cool and refreshing, and are best used in bathrooms
Light is one of the most important design elements in any home, and should never be overlooked, so try and combine lights with complimentary colours to create a fuller effect, and feel free to experiment until you’ve created the perfect atmosphere.
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