It is known that the natural day lighting, as well as the industrial night lighting that carries endless designs, has a great impact on the interior decoration, because the importance of lighting, whatever its type, is not limited to its functional properties, but the lighting is one of the branches of the aesthetic composition of the decor. In the following, interior designer Basant Bahaa El-Din explains to “Madam” readers how to improve the lighting of interior spaces, using tricks that are not related to a large distribution of industrial lighting units.
Tips for enhancing natural lighting in indoor spaces
To design a brighter space, whether during the day or night, the interior designer, Sant Bahaa El-Din, calls attention to the following:
- Mirrors: Mirrors are important elements in improving lighting in the interior space, knowing that installing mirrors near light sources (windows, for example) doubles their quantity, as well as the ability of mirrors to represent the size and depth of space . Mirrors have various shapes and types, including: mirrors that take the form of geometric shapes or those decorated with metal or wooden frames, without neglecting the mirrors that contain backlight units that enhance the attractiveness of the decor. In this context, the architect asks to decorate the walls with mirrors, either in the dining room or in the lounge area, specifically where the TV screen is, behind the bed, and even in the kitchen. Mirrors design modern tabletops, appear on the front of wardrobes in bedrooms, and decorate office walls. Mirrors are indispensable in bathrooms.
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- Glass: The engineer calls for the use of glass material in the design of doors, which doubles the amount of lighting in the rooms, while windows are blocked by any furniture.
- Colours: Calm colours, especially white, beige and light grey, help lighten the interior design; White, for example, impresses the interior spaces with spaciousness, and it is considered one of the most reflective colors of sunlight, even if the amount of natural lighting in the space is limited. To banish boredom from the whitewashed interior, ornaments and decorations are added to the walls. As for the owner of the house who prefers gray over white, it is correct to choose light gray, taking care to reduce the details to highlight the beauty and luxury of the color. Beige, in turn, belongs to the classic neutral colors, which go well with brown or sugar furniture. In this context, the architect, Basant, asks to avoid exaggeration in details and dark colors when designing ceilings. In addition, it is correct to choose metal decoration accessories in silver or gold to reflect the light.
- Furniture: Choosing a light color for the material of the furniture with cushions in other suitable colors results in the interior spaces becoming more comfortable and larger. It is also preferable to use transparent furniture; Instead of wooden tables, for example, tables designed from transparent “acrylic” or glass, referring to the possibility of using dark colors, but in very simple proportions. The size of the furniture has a big impact on how the lighting is distributed in the spaces. In this context, it is recommended to avoid exaggeration, as the large furniture shades are many, which make the residents feel uncomfortable.
- Curtains: It is recommended to use curtains woven from light material, in white or beige. In contrast, curtains made of thick material absorb light. In addition, the size of the curtain is important; In addition to the way it is closed, it is preferable to place the curtain at a higher level than the window and increase its size to improve the natural lighting.
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Tips for the selection and distribution of lighting elements
A study is drawn up for the distribution of industrial lighting units, with the decorator or lighting consultant, taking into account each design, in terms of space and its function, without neglecting the role of lighting in adding an aesthetic touch. It is worth noting that lighting is one of the most controlling tools to clarify the areas of decoration, when the units are properly distributed and harmony is achieved between them and other decorative elements, or on the contrary, lighting can hide the attractiveness of decoration!
Here’s a quick guide on how to choose and distribute lighting units:
- Living room: The aforementioned room contains a series of types of lighting, including: ceiling, floor and side lighting, in a way that allows the practice of various activities in the area that knows a lot of movement due to the meeting of the people of the house in it.
- The dining room: The largest amount of lighting is poured on the dining table, through several units, and the lighting is distributed as in the dressing area, referring to the lighting in the bedroom which is bright and quiet.
- Kitchen: A balance must be achieved between direct and indirect lighting, because workplaces require direct, vertical lighting, and in other places indirect lighting is preferred.
- Bathroom: The bathroom needs bright lighting, which makes headlights the perfect choice, as well as side mirror lights.
- The corridors: The corridors are very dependent on the lighting which creates an expansion in the space, so as not to hinder the movement between the rooms, while a balance is made between the lighting of the corridors and other lighting distributions in the house.
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- (The works in the pictures were designed by the engineer, Basant Bahaa El-Din).