LIGHT AND DESIGN: DECORATING WITH LIGHT

“ARCHITECTURE is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the LIGHT”

LE CORBUSIER

LIGHT AND DESIGN: DECORATING WITH LIGHT

“ARCHITECTURE is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the LIGHT”

LE CORBUSIER

Light plays a fundamental role in Architecture: it is necessary for two reasons. The first is related to use, because it must meet precise needs of power, order and security of spaces; the second is aesthetic, it being the creator of atmosphere in places.

Imagine walking in a dark or poorly lit street in the middle of the night. We would not be able to perceive what is beautiful around us and the absence of light would instill in us a sense of unease and insecurity.

On the other hand, walking in a well-lit square with buildings enhanced by accent lights would allow us to contemplate the beauty and appreciate everything.

Have you ever noticed how our room changes during the day? When the sunlight comes in, when it rains, when evening falls…

Positioning the right light in the right place can make a difference.

There are professionals who study architectural design of interior and exterior lighting, but you do not need to be one to decorate with light a specific room of your home.

Let’s see together how to choose the right light.

There are a wide range of solutions on the market: spotlights, LEDs, wall lamps, floor lamps, modular lamps, chandeliers, but each space must take into account some basic rules.

Lighting the living area.

In the living area it is very important to differentiate lighting, providing many focal points and creating the right balance between atmosphere, aesthetics and functionality.

The living area is a versatile environment. In fact, there are several activities performed in it,such as talking, watching TV, reading a book, eating and, very often, it is also the environment where children play.

For this reason it is necessary to consider:

  • using multiple light sources throughout the room (direct and indirect lights);
  • lighting the dining table well (if it is placed in the living area), avoiding colored lights;
  • installing atmosphere lights that facilitate conversation and relaxation, with a dimmer and possibly not directional;
  • avoid installing scattered spotlights on the ceiling.
Inside the living area, the right choice of lighting can help create a unique atmosphere.

Lighting the kitchen.

The kitchen is characterized by two very different areas: the work area and the dining table. We must therefore think of different types of lighting.

In the working area, we recommend:

  • intense illumination, clear and without shadows;
  • use a very high color rendering, so as not to change the color of the food when considering installing LED strip at the wall units;
  • never installing high-beam lighting fixtures.

On top of the dining table, it is advisable:

  • installing a direct light to ensure visual comfort;
  • evaluating well the height of the illuminating bodies (in case of suspended illuminating covers), since the light must be neither too much nor too little;
  • provide lighting with a dimmer for the versatility of use of environments.

Lighting the bathroom.

General lighting in a bathroom shall be evenly diffused, paying particular attention to critical points:

  • evaluating the number of light points according to the size of the bathroom;
  • if you have a bathtub, consider the possibility of managing the lighting with a regulator, so you can keep it at low intensity when you want to relax, maybe using some candles;
  • lighting the washbasin area very well, possibly with light directed on the mirror, because it is the area in which make up, shave and watch while we dress.
In the bathroom, lighting has a key role.

Lighting the bedroom.

Considering that the bedroom is the place where we spend most time in the evening hours, but it is also used during the day, especially if you do not have a walk-in closet, we must provide:

  • an ambient light (general and diffused lighting), to be used at various times of the day;
  • adequate illumination for the wardrobe area, and if it does not have internal lighting, ceiling lighting directed exclusively towards the wardrobe should be placed;
  • on both sides of the bed a 1 Watt adjustable light source, to read or get up at night without disturbing our partner.
The bedroom illumination creates a comfortable and warm environment.

Further advice…

Evaluate properly the size of your spaces and then indulge in the choice of lighting.

When choosing illuminated features, try not to exceed. Choose a “precious” object and place it so that it is the protagonist. Too many flashy elements risk it being too noisy!

And you, are you thinking about the chandelier that best suits your room?

Reach me, I will be happy to help.

The Architect’s Advice

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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.
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Architect and urbanist, I was born in Pisticci, a town in the province of Matera, in the south of Italy.
My occupation allows me to express my passion for ARCHITECTURE, in all of its forms, from urban planning to construction, from the building site to interior design.

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