Interior Designer Elkhart Goshen Indiana
"Good Light means good design, but better light means better design"
Light,is so important as an element of design because it is through light that we see color, texture, line, shape, pattern and all the other elements of design.
There are three basic types of interior lighting:
1. Ambient or General Lighting is usually planned and documented onto the floor plan or working drawings of the home. They provide a uniform or broad even plane of light for general use.
2. Task Lighting illuminates areas for activities. It is wise to combine task lighting with general and natural lighting whenever possible.
3. Accent or Artistic Lighting is the frosting on the cake. It can create interest, drama, sparkle and romance to a room. It emotionally draws people in and can be as simple as a flame from a candle.
Natural light makes colors appear rich and vibrant. .So when possible, have your rooms lit with natural light. This happens in the planning stage with the addition of windows and skylights. A balance of natural light evenly distributed from two or more directions is desirable since it helps reduce shadow in the interior as well as fatigue. Be sure to add table lamps to the dark corners of a room where natural light cannot reach. You can also add more light to a room by adding mirrors and reflective surfaces.
Take care when planning the placement of light switches and outlets. If you have thought through the function, flow and purpose of the room, you'll be able to strategically place these items so they are convenient, and purposeful. I have also found that dimmer switches installed in multipurpose rooms makes the lighting more versatile and energy efficient.
Light bulbs are called lamps and produce different colors. If you just recently changed your old incandescent lamps for a compact fluorescent you have likely discovered that the light quality is different--cooler and whiter. LED lamps are the new and upcoming lamp of choice because of their ability to produce many different color temperatures while using less energy. Desirable temperature of lamps in the home are generally between 2400 and 4000 Kelvin. But let personal preference guide you and add dimmers on every switch so you can control the light for the situation. I once painted a room my favorite color of robin's egg blue but when the paint dried it looked too green (which meant too much yellow). By changing the light bulbs to a cooler temperature--which added more blue to the room, the wall color magically changed to the perfect shade of Robins egg blue. Our oldest son loves 4000 K in his space because it mimics natural daylight and makes his space look techy and modern, but when I walk into his room it feels sterile and cold. So you may have to play around a little bit with your bulbs (lamps) until you get the look you like.
The lighting industry is changing quickly. Most of the information I learned in college is obsolete already (but it's been almost two decades -- but who's counting). The traditional interior design 'gatekeepers' are mostly gone as well. This means designer lighting can be purchased online without the hefty markup of a traditional interior designer acting as a middle man. Because of all the large amounts of information and selection available today and because lighting has such a profound effect on the look of our homes and the lives we live there, it is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed while making lighting decisions. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me for additional help. If I can not answer your questions, I have peeps that can!!
I hope you've found this information helpful in understanding how light affects your space -maybe even a "light bulb" turned on and you're beginning to think like an interior designer (no pun intended)! I love it when that happens!
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About this blog...
I began writing this blog in May 2016 after discovering that my mother always wanted to be a writer. She has Alzheimer's disease and she'll never realize her dream. Sometimes in our deepest grief we are motivated to encourage others to fearlessly be themselves so that their gifts and stories are shared. I mean, how else can we change the world?. So I began to record the things that reflect who I am and what is important to me, because one day my memories too, may be gone and what would that mean to the people God gave me to care for and the good works He gave me to do? So, here is where I share the important stuff so that you can learn real design, not decorator tricks, but fundamental and salient concepts to apply so that you can create your own exemplary home and so that my family and I can remember the life we lived and created here in our home, our sacred place. Because my work is important, this is also where I share my favorite design projects and how good design enhanced their lives as well. I hope you're inspired and encouraged as I share my memories, my work, my mission & my life. Many blessings, (Numbers 6: 24-26)