It has been proven that lighting impacts us significantly in our daily life. It can affect our sleep as well as our mood and brain efficiency. Considering the different options, you could go for, we understand the decision is not easy. That’s why our building designers have summarised a basic guide for each room to help you out.
The entry is the first impression of your home’s interior. The most common thing is to go for a pendant lighting, such as a chandelier, to make the space look elegant and inviting. Ensure the space accommodates the size of the decorative fixture you choose. Depending on the size of your entry, you might need to use more than one pendant light.
Most people think hallways are boring and not interesting to focus on. In the contrary, we believe it is a good space to create an atmosphere – it just needs a bit of creativity. Instead of having a boring ceiling with downlights in a row, you can for example have artwork on the wall and highlight them with wall lightings.
- Living room
The common mistake is to over-light this space. A living room doesn’t need to be too bright. You want this space to be a calm and relaxing atmosphere, therefore, ambient lights are the best option. In addition to ambient lights, such as chandeliers or pendant lights, you can use an accent light (e.g. wall light or floor lamp) to focus on an object, artwork, reading chair, etc. Also consider dimmable switches to adapt the lighting to your needs.
- Dining room
The dining room is most likely the easiest space to work on because we already have the focal point: the dining table. We simply need to highlight it with ambient lighting. It is common to have an oversized pendant light over the dining table. Before you purchase the light fixture, ensure you have at least 800mm between the bottom of the pendant/chandelier and the dining table. That being said, consider also the location of the dining room: if the kitchen is too close, a different pendant light in each may not work.
Illuminating the stairway is important in terms of safety. It is crucial – especially at night time – to provide enough light to watch where you step. You can either have wall-mount fixtures or include strip lights under each tread. For a turning staircase, having a pendant light can create an illuminated link between the 2 floors.
The kitchen is the busiest part of the house where all kinds of different functions and activities take place. The best thing you can do for this area is to combine ambient lights for the whole space (e.g. chandelier, pendant light, track lighting or wall sconces) with some task lights for specifics tasks. You can, for example, place lighting under the cabinet to illuminate the benchwork or over the sink.
The first step is to go for warm lights for a relaxing and restful atmosphere. When it comes to choosing the type of light, task lighting is commonly used on nightstands. If you would like something unusual, replace the lamps with pendant lights over the bedside tables. Dim wall sconces are also a good option to control the light. Don’t over-light the bedroom: the brighter your bedroom is, the more you will be over-stimulated before bedtime.
Task lighting is the most important type of light you will need in a bathroom. First, pick ambient lighting to illuminate the whole room. Then, place task lighting in different locations. Locate task lighting on each side of the mirror at face height, when possible, for the most flattering illumination. A recessed light in the shower is a great addition too.
You definitely need task lighting here as it is a space where concentration is required. Make your desk the focal point and ensure the lights are not too powerful for your eyes. In addition, it is always good to have ambient lighting such as a pendant light with a dimmer to enhance the mood of the office.
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