Make the most of the luminosity that your home receives to enjoy the best lighting project at all times. Light curtains, light colours and communicated environments will be your allies.
We often think of light only from a functional point of view, without taking into account that even the most dull space can take on a new dimension with a studied lighting. And, on the contrary, the best interior design can end up tarnished with a bad one.
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- Do not leave it for the end
A good lighting project requires a careful planning that allows you to have the right electrical outlets in the correct places -in the case of renovation-, choose the luminaires that go with the space, according to the use that will be made of it and our tastes -and that Perhaps it is a warm and diffuse light that should be placed on a cornice or in the outline of the false ceiling and not a dazzling lamp hanging in the centre of the room.
- In the right amount
Although the ‘it is better than not missing’ can work in certain cases, such as family meals and little else, it is not so when lighting an environment. An overlit room can turn out to be unpleasant, since it flattens out the forms making it look like a decoration without nuances, not to mention the expense in electricity that it entails.
To choose the right intensity for each space, think about the use you will make of it and the atmosphere you are looking for. Thus, for example, workplaces such as the study, the kitchen or even the bathroom courtesy area will require a white light, powerful and better direct, while others such as the hall, the social area of the living room or the bedroom will benefit more than warmer and yellowish lights, with a medium level of intensity and, if possible, diffuse.
- One light is not enough
Maybe that design lamp has taken you weeks of research and you want to give it the prominence it deserves by placing it in the middle of the ceiling. Perfect, but you should know that, fantastic as that main light is, it is not enough to light an entire room.
Make sure to complete this general lighting with other auxiliary lamps placed strategically: in the corners to clearly delimit the dimensions of the room and enhance the sense of spaciousness; next to the gathering area, to fill and create atmosphere; on the countertop in the kitchen and the mirror in the bathroom, to be able to work and clean up; on the desk or reading seat… Analyse the uses of each space to discover the necessary points of light and complete it with other highlights to create an environment rich in nuances.
- Lights and shadows
Armed with all the necessary lamps, they must be placed correctly. For example, in the bathroom or the kitchen, a light just above our head will make us look like a character from ‘The walking dead’ -especially early in the morning- and that we overshadow ourselves when preparing lunch. In the first case, it is better to place sconces in the mirror or on both sides of the mirror to illuminate the face completely while in the second, it is ideal to install lights in the lower part of the cabinets.
- Temperature question
Does your bedroom look like an operating room, because of its white, stark light? Or, on the contrary, in the bathroom does a yellow light make the colour of our preferred eye shadow look different? The colour temperature of the different light sources can distort the ambience of a room if it is not chosen properly. This is specified in its container, in degrees Kelvin and, in general terms, the lower the value, the warmer the light; the highest values indicate that the light is colder.
- The size does matter
Beyond their style (tastes, colours), the lamps we choose must fit the dimensions of the space they are intended for. A very small one arranged on a good-sized dining table will not only look disproportionate but will leave areas of the surface unlit.
To get the dimensions right, decide the place where you will be placed before going to buy any piece – fantastic as it seems to you – and keep in mind that the lamp stores may seem smaller than they really are.
- Saving but being smart
Do you tremble when the electricity bill arrives? Maybe it’s time to reconsider all those halogens that dot the roof of the house – absolutely ineffective – but it’s not about going crazy and placing energy saving lamps everywhere. There are many types of light bulbs and each has its application that should be known.
In corridors, bathrooms or dressing rooms it is better to opt for lamps such as halogen low consumption, for its clear and bright light from the moment you turn them on
- LED is the right option
Consume less and last longer, so it is easy to fall into the temptation to replace all sources of light in the house by LEDs. In addition to taking into account the characteristics of other lamps already mentioned, which will allow us to create a rich and varied lighting environment, before launching to buy these ‘light-emitting diodes’ hands full note that the quality of the chosen is fundamental.
Nothing like natural daylight
You know what power, colour temperature and system is best for lighting your home but you have not stopped to think about one of the most important points: the natural light that you receive and how to integrate it into the lighting project. The truth is that a good use of this resource will not only make the whole show in all its glory, but it can mean an important saving in terms of energy consumption.
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