The lighting of a home, besides being beautiful, has to be functional. Therefore, because different activities are performed in each environment, the way of lighting is also different. When we have integrated environments or where different activities are carried out, it is necessary to plan to choose and distribute luminaires in the best way. Here’s what you can not forget:
1) In All Environments:
A) All environments must have a central illumination, which will illuminate the entire environment, for day-to-day and cleaning.But only one central ceiling is very small: it does not meet specific needs (like reading, cooking, ironing…), it does not allow you to create different “climates” and does not help to emphasize interesting points or “hide” those you do not want to draw attention to.I talk more about this in this post.
A central luminaire just is not enough … even for small environments. The illumination above the sofa should be directed to the frames (the trail with directional spots is a good choice when the spots have narrower angle dimmers and / or led bulbs that do not heat up).
B) The luminaires chosen must conform well to the decoration style.This is not to say that they should necessarily follow the style.A chic chandelier in an industrial environment can look great yes!
C) Do not forget that a lamp in front of a mirror doubles the luminosity.
D) Avoid ugly reflections on the ceiling, direct light at the height of your eyes, fill your ceiling spots and place beautiful fixtures that disturb an activity (such as strong spots above the TV or bed pillow).See more here about common lighting mistakes. And here are several problems you can have by not thinking seriously about enlightenment.
2) In The Room:
Living and dining in the same environment: General lighting with the discreet, diffuse ceiling in the living area, leaving the show to the beautiful and functional lamp above the dining table-which illuminates the area without overshadowing. See more about dining table lighting here .Note the spots that draw attention to the pictures and decoration. The dotted circular reminds that in the area of the sofa (which we are not seeing) is important a foot lamp or a table lampand an option to have a cozy climate would be to add a led strip with white and warm light embedded in the base of the curtain.
In this living room, several luminaires, which can (and should) be dimmed-to control the intensity of light-and have separate circuits-so that you can choose which ones to light-allow for many variations in the “scene”.. See On the ceiling a small problem that is the reflection of the mirror table illuminated by the spot. This can be solved with filters or anti-glare lamps.
A simple and small room with good basic lighting: The ceiling, bouncing the light to the ceiling, produces a soft illumination. The spot (q is better to use led to not warm the environment) highlights the frame. The lamp illuminates the side of the sofa, and can be used to illuminate with warmth when you are watching TV. I would only add a foot lamp where I put the dashed circle, for the possibility of reading in the environment.
Lighting in small, integrated environments, such as this living / dining room with open kitchen (see the photo below) deserves a good study so that while meeting all your needs, do not turn your living room into a showroom lighting. In this room you get this with discreet fixtures (even on the dining table, which is different, but has a clean design) and no excess-lighting in the unevenness of the ceiling is an extra charm, but could be dispensed with.
In this other view from the same room, see that discretion continues in the kitchen: Lights below the cabinet illuminate the work well and there is still. On the ceiling, off, spots-see the larger circle – that should be lit while working in the kitchen. This is a good example of how good lighting is smooth, unobtrusive and does not need to draw the whole attention to itself.
In addition, there are several lighting effects that should be used with great discretion: Although beautiful, using many at the same time almost never looks good. See more about these lighting effects here.