Lighting is a critical element of interior design; without a strategic lighting plan, even the most elegant decor will fail to showcase its full beauty. Well-planned, high-quality lighting also creates the desired ambiance, and has a real effect not just on the utility or livability of a space but also the mood of its occupants. At Queen’s Five, we offer lighting solutions that thoughtfully enhance the interior design of a room. When choosing luxury lighting fixtures for your home, consider these three aspects!
The biggest consideration at the time of purchasing a lighting fixture, and an expensive lighting fixture at that, is how well it will illuminate a particular room or space. The good news is that there are different types of lighting to suit specific needs.
An enduring trend is to use layered lighting in family or living rooms. This is achieved by combining ambient, task and accent lighting for visual comfort and aesthetic balance. In frequently used rooms, lights that bounce off ceilings are preferable to recessed downlights. The former adds to the brightness of the room while the latter can cause shadows. If you want to include recessed lights, one solution is to direct them towards the walls. An alternative is track lighting, which is available in a number of designs, and being compact, is ideal for smaller spaces.
In the kitchen, you may want to illuminate the countertops, cooking surface, sinks and any other work surface, with task lighting. The distance of the fixture from the surface also matters: it can be placed about 30 inches above a table or an island, and higher for a raised surface. The kitchen is the most used area of a house; as a zone for socialising, it needs to be adequately bright. Multiple recessed lights on the ceiling can do the trick. As far as the living room and bedroom are concerned, table lamps are a popular task lighting choice.
When it comes to high design lighting, you are never limited by choice. There is something for every style preference, from minimalist wall lamps to decorative chandeliers for kitchen islands. What matters is how you match a style you fancy to the existing decor of your room, specifically the paint color on walls.
As a rule of thumb, remember that darker wall paints will reflect less light while light colors are more reflective. If your wall color or wallpaper is at the darker end of the spectrum, it makes sense to purchase fixtures with higher lumen levels.
Track lighting can mute wall colors while recessed lights wash the floor with a soft glow.
The illusion of space is created when light reflects off smooth surfaces such as the walls of your room. This is why natural light streaming through large windows is the ideal way of brightening up living spaces. The next best alternative is to use the right lighting fixtures to open up spaces, making them appear bigger. Consider lamps and chandeliers to make the most of the available space. Keep in mind that a small room that isn't well illuminated will feel tiny and somewhat uncomfortable.
The Lampada Da Terra is a luxurious addition, its 24K gold plated hand engraved brass, ivory shantung and ebony wood stand instantly enhancing the appearance of rooms. If you're looking for a visually interesting lamp, consider the Aquamarine Table Lamp from Riccio Caprese that resembles an underwater creature! If it suits your existing decor, you can also opt for a centrally hanging light to maximize the brightness of your room.