How powerful is lighting in setting a mood? Check with any movie director and they will tell you it is an extremely important element in movies. It really is not surprising as the movies are for seeing.
The same principles that govern how lighting effects on a movie set apply to your home. Many people view lighting as a necessity, without much thought of to use how lighting as a way to change how we view our milieu. The way we see our surroundings has a huge impact on our mood.
In addition, lighting by major designers such as Serge Mouille allow you to add lighting as art as well as the fixture serving a utilitarian purpose.
Tips on How Lighting Improves Your Living Space
Lighting your living space is similar to dressing for cold weather – layers are the key to lighting effects. Your home lighting need at least 4 levels:
- Natural Light
- Ambient Lighting
- Accent Lighting
- Task Lighting
Natural light is great – it is free too. When studying your living space to decide on how to layer, try to use the most natural light you can.
Here are some tips to get the most from the natural light you home receives.
- Hang mirrors particularly across from windows
- Take down natural light blocking items such as unneeded heavy drapes and change them for gauzy fabrics such as muslin that diffuses light. Use perforated roller blinds to prevent harsh sunlight from streaming in.
- Replace an inside door with a glass paneled door or even a door made of clear or stained glass.
- Avoid surfaces that soak up the light, use light reflective surfaces instead including pale carpeting and furniture.
Ambient lighting is the lighting that replaces sunlight after dark. Frequently, the main source of ambient lighting are overhead fixtures. These are holdovers from the days when gas chandeliers were in use and often are responsible for problems such as a bland flat lighting effect.
The good news is that accent lighting gives you lots of opportunity to use floors lamps, table lamps and wall sconces to add shading and depth. This is where you use a piece from a lighting designer such as Serge Mouille. He designed some spectacular wall and floor lighting as well as table lamps.
Serge created some elegant standing floor lamps. They feature clean lines that are quite simple. Choices include the single arm and the three arm standing floor lamps which have many uses such as up-lighting, task lighting, and ambient lighting. Other standing lamps some see more as art than lighting – these are his later works called signal lamps that combines fluorescent and incandescent lights. Direct ambient lighting towards things you wish to highlight.
Task lighting complements your other lighting. It is a grow light for plants, a undercabinet lighting for kitchen work or a reading floor lamp next to a comfortable chair.
Without a lighting plan, the best decor may not show the care that went into its planning. Do not forget the lighting!