Lighting is one of the more complicated topics when it comes to interior design. Last week, we touched on the different types of lighting. Today, we shall go into further details and look at how different lighting colours can affect a home’s interior.
One thing about lighting that fascinates me is how it contains both simplicity and complexity. Throughout my career as an interior designer, I found that lighting is one of the harder domains to master. Beyond considering the different types of lighting, one must also factor in the different colours used. A certain colour may make an interior look clean and crisp while another setting can transform the same space into warm and cozy. This is the magic of lighting colours and how it affects our psyche. Today we shall look at 2 of the most commonly used colours for lighting.
Warm white lighting is one of the most common lighting seen in interior design. Like it or hate it, it is here to stay. It falls in the spectrum between shades of nearly white to dark yellow. Warm white if used with the right interior, would be able to help enhance the interior visually by giving it a classier and sophisticated feel. It also gives a more calm and welcoming look, without overwhelming your senses. However, it should be noted that some people feel that warm white lights make them sleepy and hence, tend to stay await from that option.. Typical uses of warm white lights include library lights or living room space.
White may be considered as a boring option by some, but it is in fact a widely used colour. With enough experience, white lights can help beautify and enhance the interior by giving it a clean and refreshing outlook. White lights help alter a person's perception by making the interior look spacious and clean. It also amplifies the usefulness of the interior as white colours are perceived as more professional and competent. White lights are especially luminous and this works as a double-edged sword, since it also enhances whatever clutter and unsightly corners within the area. Typical areas that benefit the most from white lights are study rooms and kitchens.
Lights are typically measured by Kelvin. The lower the Kelvin number, the yellower the light appears while a higher Kelvin number will make the light appear lighter or closer to white. Yellow lights have a Kelvin number that ranges from 2700k to 3500k while white light typically ranges within 3500k to 5000k Natural light are lights that have a Kelvin number above 5000k and they are considered to be closer to daylight.
Lighting are no easy feat and matching the right lighting to the interior is an art by itself. A good interior designer would be able to weave both lighting and interior design together seamlessly, so as to bring out the best of both elements.
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