Having the ideal lighting in a room is as fundamental as furnishing it. Light allows to enjoy the spaces to the fullest, to create evoking atmospheres and to carry out one’s favored activities, like reading a nice book, cooking or gathering around a table, even in the evening hours. Sometimes the perfect light can give a new soul to spaces, reshaping them. By playing with different light spots, you can visually split the area in two and differentiate each zone by their use, even without having to physically separate them. Furthermore, by positioning the optimal lighting element in the right place of a room you can make a detail stand out, fill an empty space, harmonize the pieces of furniture, emphasize a modern design or accentuate a classic design.
How to chose the perfect lamp?
Apart from serving their primary function, indoor lamps are getting increasingly closer to the concept of design items used as focal points in a room, to give it character. This makes them unique elements, rich in style and capable to both furnish a space and lighten it, but also to add a distinctive, innovative and personal mark to a house, at the work place or in the spaces pertaining to the HoReCa industry. Hence, choosing a lamp becomes a manner to express one’s taste, flair and creativity. In this decision process, the first factors to be valued are the area where the light spot will be placed, its position and the function it will serve. Afterwords, it becomes necessary to define the lamp typology. There are endless options in this sense; it is possible to range from marvelous pendant lamps, innovative wall or table lamps, recessed lights or spotlights, or practical floor lamps. Once this aspect is defined, it is possible to let creativity run free in choosing among lamps that differ from one another for design, styles, shapes, handiness, functionality, colors and materials. The care in design details will literally shed a new light on the area, making its style stick out.
The welcoming touch of wall lamps
Every space demands a careful analysis to lead towards the choice of the most appropriate lighting. From the kind of lighting element to its correct positioning; from the adequate light temperature of the lamps, to the emphasis put on some areas rather than others. The entrance, a passage area with the outdoor space and the first room visible after one steps in, the corridor; they all need to be appropriately lightened in order to ensure a safe passage and entrance. It is therefore advisable to shed a diffuse light by installing wall lamps. These lamps can emanate light without taking out space from the rooms, since spotlights and sconces can decorate the wall without cluttering it or obstructing movements. You can chose among classic or modern lamps, in natural or high tech materials, in more discreet colors that blend in with the colors of the wall or more outlandish, eye-catching ones. It is even possible to range from lamps with a minimalist, neat and essential silhouette, or more imposing ones, that create visual effects in the area where they are placed. Along corridors and indoor stairs, for private buildings as well as for spaces with commercial purposes, steplights are the ideal lighting solution. With their delicate but significant presence they create lighted paths, ensuring full safety in movements.
Shed a light on delicious dishes with ceiling lamps
In the kitchen, where the light is a work tool next to being an element of furnishing, it is necessary to find the right balance between aesthetics and functionality. No matter whether the kitchen is quite large or very small if not a kitchenette. Ceiling lamps are the perfect choice to give value to this space. They occupy less space than pendant lamps, but are as good in shaping fascinating lighting atmospheres. If the wish is to trigger special sensations by playing with light and shade, it will be possible to install only one ceiling light. Otherwise it is possible to draw shapes on the ceiling by fixing groups of ceiling lights.
The heart of the home is bright with pendant lights
The kitchen often represents the heart of a home. Therefore what is there better than a central pendant light to enhance the table around which the family gathers? Be it plain hanging light bulbs or fully-fledged chandeliers, as they stretch straight form the ceiling they provide a clear view and a light that brights up the environment in an ideal way. Pendant lights are very versatile light sources. They are easily adaptable to match all needs and boast an infinite array of models encompassing any sizes and shapes, a multitude of finishes, materials and styles ranging from the more classic ones to the most contemporary with clean, essential lines. In a way to light up every corner of the room, pendant lights can be associated to other sources of lights as for instance spotlights, floor lamps and table lamps.
Floor lamps, modern sculptures for the living area
To evoke a warm and snug feeling in the living room it is possible to opt for a chandelier designed to strike and astonish even when the lights are off; however the true protagonists stay floor lamps. These are not only to be conceived as functional objects, but turn into a focal point in a room, defining the environment and characterizing its atmosphere. Being unfixed elements, they can be moved to bring light where it is most liked. Thanks to their versatility they can add value also to forgotten corners in the room creating unexpected light spots. A floor lamp becomes a design lamp that when off outlines the space around like a sculpture, but once lit enriches and adorns it.
Studying and working with table lamps
In the bedroom a scattered light is more recommended, with direct light sources in correspondence of specific spots like night tables. The same goes for offices where an accent light source pointed to the desk is necessary. A good illumination entices motivation at work, brings focus up and delays the insurgence of tiredness. Hence, choosing the ideal work light is crucial. Whether you prefer the typical abat-jour with a fixed base and the fabric lampshade, or the more modern adjustable lamps with their linear lines, the important is that your style is matched and your needs fulfilled. In order to furnish with taste even the kids bedrooms, it is possible to opt for night bed lamps with animal or human shapes, which provide that pinch of imagination that kids love. Even in a room like the bathroom the choice of lights must always be very meticulous. It is possible to chose from typical ceiling lamps, especially appreciated in larger bathrooms, functional and catchy wall lights, or mirror lights that grant the ideal light intensity enabling to use the space in a proper way. Whatever the choice is, bathroom lights must match one’s taste and enhance the beauty of the environment.
The psycho-physical influence of light
Lighting engineering shows how light, besides being a vital element for human beings, can weigh on the latter quality of life. Artificial illumination affects human beings in their physiological and psychological spheres and influences the perception of comfort in the environment they live in. It derives that, there are plenty of parameters to take into account when choosing a light, namely the propagated light light beam, the energy efficiency, the tone of light. According to the type of light source selected (LED, halogen, fluorescent), the mentioned parameters vary and, most of all, varies the tone of light. The latter is key in defining the atmosphere of a room, what kind of feeling will welcome people when entering and will frame the time we spend in there. As a matter of fact, each person can prefer different light tones and levels of intensity based on the mood of the moment or on the activity which is being carried out. Therefore, those who wish to shape a velvety, homely and charming atmosphere will opt for a warm light; on the other hand, those willing to convey a feeling of tidiness and cleanness will rather choose a cold light. In general, a cold light and therefore one that is accent and strong is ideal in the kitchen, for instance, where it will help keeping the space tide up, cooking the best dishes and enjoying the delighted expressions of those who are tasting them; or at the office and in studios where it is important to pay attention to details and stay focused. On the contrary, a dim, tame light is an indispensable frame to accompany relaxing moments in full calmness in bedrooms and living room.
Lightening in harmony with the environment
For those who care about sustainability there are a number of lighting projects using advanced systems with LED, halogen or fluorescent lights, ensuring respect for the environment to a maximum degree. The same is also granted by the sensitivity of several designers in designing ecological and environmental-friendly lamps made of natural wood, steel, plastic, glass or other nontoxic, certified materials. Besides securing energy efficiency, economic convenience and a longer life span, opting for a lamp with these characteristics adds extra quality and beauty to the space, something that reverberates automatically on those who live in it.
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