28 Aug 2021
28 Aug 2021
Kristin breaks down different types of lighting and shows us how they are used in one of her designs, using Gerieflijk products.
Picture this. You’re getting ready to go on a date, you haven’t been on one in a while and with the connection you feel to this person, it has to be something special. You put a lot of effort into your appearance, you feel good, you smell great and your skin is almost tingling with excitement. You arrive at the restaurant, a little early, but that’s not ‘cool’, so you sit at the bar and order a drink. The lighting is soft, warm and moody. You feel mysterious and sexy. Everyone around you looks beautiful and there is an alluring atmosphere in the air.
Ok, now imagine you sat at the bar under sharp, white, brightly burning lights. Not quite the same, hey?
The first thing we feel when walking into a room is the lighting. It can make or break the atmosphere of any space. From natural light flooding through big windows, to LED overhead lights to sculptural pendant lights, each is meant for a different purpose and has a unique effect on us. This applies to your home too, not just to high-end restaurants or bars. Let me show you some examples of how to create your own desired lighting effects in your home using a combination of functionality and aesthetics. Let’s start with functionality, as Louis Sullivan said, ‘form follows function’.
Lighting is one of the most important elements in interior design. Every room should have a mix of lighting, including general lighting, accent and task lights. There are endless choices and styles, so deciding on what to buy can be tricky. A lot of people overlook choosing lighting when decorating their home (don’t be that person), but it’s one of the first things a guest will notice when walking in.
I’ve designed an interior project using a common shared space layout that can be found in many developments. It will help us delve into lighting and show examples of products in use that are available through Gerieflijk. Each space within the open plan room has a mix of the main types of lighting. Let’s break down what these main types are and why we need them.
Your focal lighting fixture should be in the centre of the room, or be the first thing you see when you enter a space. If you do want to use a pendant as a feature, make sure you pair it with more subdued task lights. If there is a lot going on lighting wise, that showstopper piece you love might not make as much of an impact.
An Afrimodern pendant from Modern Gesture above the dining room table creates a moment of theater as you enter the apartment.
Commonly used to direct light up or down, wall scones have evolved in design to offer pivoting as well. You can use wall sconces as accent or task lighting depending on their placement. Get creative with their form, colour and finishing as these fixtures can be sculptures in their own right.
Two minimalist, swivelling wall sconce pendants from Hoi P’loy serve to create ambient lighting, but also provide task lighting for artworks or flower arrangements.
Table or Desk Lamps
Your portable light fixtures can, you guessed it, move around. This is a huge benefit because you might buy different furniture or move to a new home, and these light fixture can adapt to your new space. By using tall floor lamps and short table lamps, you can create varying heights of lighting, casting interesting shadows, creating drama and often also serving as way finding when all your general lighting is turned off.
A tall, multi purpose floor lamp from Nancy Designs gives just the right amount of lighting at a great height.
When it comes to creating an atmosphere, there are a few light sources you might not have considered, but that greatly affect your mood. Take advantage of natural light where you can as this has a positive effect on your health and well-being. Mirrors are beautiful objects that reflect daylight into our homes and are a powerful way to make your room appear more spacious. Candles are a great way to create soft, sensual light, and fairy lights or string lights create a playful atmosphere and don’t have to look kitsch if you use them well.
The Arch mirror from Palmy Living brings daylight further into your space. The Hurricane candles from Native Decor will create perfect lighting for a date night.
The last, but probably the most important, element to consider when deciding on lighting is the brightness and colour of your bulbs. Choose LED lights where possible as these are energy saving, and can last for years too! This is a completely personal choice, however, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t give you some advice, especially on lighting colour.
While lighting isn’t rocket science, you might still need a little help, and that’s why Gerieflijk is here. We’ve got a team of decorators and designers at the ready to help you reach your interior goals. Take the quiz to see what your style is and get paired with creative professionals that suit your look. You get to choose who you want to work with and together envision your new space (within your budget of course). You can buy the products specified at the click of a button, they are delivered straight to your door, and you get a detailed plan of how to place everything. If you need further guidance, your personal designer is a call away.
Gerieflijk truly is the easiest way for you to start living life beautifully.
Kristin Hulda | Interior Designer