Lighting Design

Lighting Design Tips

Lighting design doesn’t have to be difficult, with simple lighting planning tips, you can attempt it yourself with great success.
Successful designing for interiors is the ability to balance all of the elements in the room.

I believe that lighting is the one element that can make or break an interior design because lighting is the one element that can be altered, even after the floor coverings are down and the paint is dry.

With clever and thoughtful planning, your room can be versatile with the ability to create different effects and moods.

Planning the Room -Designing Home Lighting

Initially you will need to measure the room and draw a very basic layout of where items are to go, including furniture, drapery, windows, artwork, feature walls, audiovisual equipment and the seating arrangement.

These are all areas that can be a feature or focus of light or light source and should be treated with that in mind.
lighting design
A directional halogen downlight illuminates the picture grouping.

types of lighting design
From left uplight and down light at bookcase, a picture light over the picture, a low pendant over the desk, a freestanding lamp behind the desk, and freestanding uplight lighting the ceiling behind the chair, a directional spotlight lighting the plant.

Of course, this is easy if planning from scratch, but a lot more difficult if you a trying to enhance an existing room as you already have hardwired lights. If the room’s layout can be altered, then try to use a flexible lighting system.

For example in a living room or family room the furniture positions can easily change therefore its probable that flexible task lighting will be required as well as the overall lighting system.

The interior decoration of the room is also prominent in your choice of lighting. Remember dark flooring and walls soak up light. Polished surfaces often create glare, light colored walls and floors reflect it.

lighting design - light colored interiors

Light colored interiors reflect light.

Find ideas on lighting design and planning for existing as well as lighting for new rooms.

Existing Room Lighting

A number of options exist to illuminate the room without having to change fittings,

New Room Lighting

Before you embark on purchasing or deciding the lights that you prefer, get some tips to help your decision making.

Lighting Design Tips

General tips to help selecting interior lighting for new or existing spaces.

Lighting Checklist

Quick prompts for lighting planning and design.

Written by Chris Brown

Color Consultant course