Highlights of great lights
In this excerpt from his latest column for myljhooker.com.au, interior designer and judge of The Block, Darren Palmer, talks about the benefits of good lighting.
The most important element in lighting is contrast. It’s the interplay between light and dark spaces that creates drama and the illusion of space.
Use Natural Light to your Advantage
If a room is completely sun-drenched, try using filtering window coverings to soften its intensity. If there is limited natural light available, consider the use of mirrors and reflective finishes.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
As light creates shadow, this can be used to distort the boundaries and dimensions of a room which actually enhances its sense of space. For instance, highlighting a painting, artwork or sculpture on a dark wall gives the illusion of objects being suspended in space.
Shine the Spotlight on your Features
In the dining room or kitchen, cabinet lighting and illuminated shelving are impressive and eye-catching features and create great conversation topics for friends and family.
Surfaces can also serve as features because of the way light responds to different materials, such as timber, brick, and metallic or reflective surfaces.
Understand Space and Create Light Zones
Angled down lights and wall sconces can be used to expand a room’s size or break up open spaces and walls into discrete areas.
Up-lights can be used to make a room feel taller or can be used to highlight certain architectural features. Conversely in rooms with vast ceilings, table lamps, floor lamps or feature candles can bring the focus below eye level to make a room feel more inviting and intimate.
Take Task Lighting to Task
Shadowing is a common problem in bathrooms and dressing spaces and these rooms should employ a variety of different types of task lighting techniques. A good rule of thumb for lighting for dressing or makeup application is to have a light source coming from in front of you, whether it’s above or from each side, preferably diffused and casting an even amount of light on both sides of your face.
Master Movement and Lighting
With home automation, light can be set to different intensities in different areas and at different times of the day. This allows you to change your functional, bright preparation space into an elegant entertainment space with friends or a relaxed and romantic evening in, without having to pull out the candles to impress.
To read Darren’s article in full, head to myljhooker.com.au