Lighting is a hugely important item in home decor. It is not only essential for functionality, it enhances the “climate” you have imagined, drawing attention to the strengths, transforming a detail into a focal point of the environment and “hiding” the weaknesses.
But to achieve these goals it is necessary that the lighting is well planned and executed.
I’m not an expert on the subject at all-the professional is the Lighting Designer, and you can be sure, you need a lot of knowledge for it – so I always talk carefully about this and give simple examples of what I can see that’s important To observe, even without deep knowledge, that we can not “sin too much.” And observing the illumination of the environments we see around is a good way to do this:
This room has good examples. See these important items: 1) The lighting on the dining table illuminates the entire table area almost homogeneously and is at the right intensity (neither too strong nor too weak). 2) The height and width of the luminaire does not hinder either who is sitting or who would be standing serving, for example. 3) The spots located on the wall of the ladder are well positioned, creating almost the same effect on the wall. 4) In addition to illuminating the steps they draw attention to the wall lining, in a beautiful matte blue. Its intensity is also correct. Too strong they would “burst” and you would only see a great glow, but not the coating. 5) In the ceiling there are 2 spots, with more intense light (see the shade on the floor) that light well the corridor behind the dining table without disturbing the light coming from the lamp on the table. (Annoying that this photo was taken by day, but you can see the softness of this lighting, as it does its work without wanting to “appear” too much…)
In this beautiful room observe the reflection that the coffee table lighting produces on the ceiling. It is caused by the glass of the table-as I said, this is a big problem of lighting: solve the reflexes-In this case a lamp with milky glass or simply not illuminate with direct focus the table would solve. The set of spots is not centered in relation to the table and the light seems very intense-see the rug. In addition, the large amount of spots in the liner “pollute” the environment. It is good to remember that fixed spots on the liner directed to a specific item/mobile/frame reduce the possibility of changes.
In this picture, observe the (bad) way of placing the rail on the wall and the incorrect positioning of the 2 center spots. There is no point in having a good piece of lighting and installing it in an “amateurish” way.
Here 2 examples: A great and a very bad one, of textured coating lighting: On the 1st, the light emphasizes the textures and brightly illuminates the large area of the coating. In the 2nd photo, the intensity of the light is high and “plaque” the canjiquinha, not allowing you to see its beauty.
Above, in the 1st photo, the light of the spots affects the frame of the pictures, which end up poorly illuminated (and danger of being damaged if the lights emit heat, as the dichroic ones). In the 2nd photo a good way to illuminate frames: The spots, more distant, give an almost homogeneous light throughout the frontal area of the frame.
In the photos above the use of those luminaries whose beauty is part of the play of light and shadow on the walls. But such walls must be at a distance so that the effect is efficient…In my opinion, the second lamp because it is very far from the walls (it was used as a central lamp), ends up causing disfigured “spots” in these, damaging their beauty.
In conclusion, it is necessary to plan the lighting, choose the right lamps and lights for what is intended and install in the best way. Without this, the lighting will not reach the intended objectives.