Effective lighting can do wonders for the look of a room. Interior designer Raseel Gujral explains with examples.
This room was designed for a newly married couple and was meant to offer them an additional living space area in the basement. Since it didn’t have much daylight, a bright look was added with the help of glow walls. For the glow wall, Raseel Gujral used fibre optic lighting behind the actual wall. Frosted glass and setwork in metal sheets was placed on top of that.
Since this lounge-cum-bar area is usually used for entertaining, the glow wall provides the room with a mellow look. But this look also induces a party atmosphere, especially when all the other lights in the room are switched off.
The effect is enhanced with the use of bright colours, such as saffron, brown, cream and gold, that have been placed through the entire area. With metallic tiles on the floor, and gold glass bead wallpaper, the ambience is very club-like.
Glow walls alone cannot create this look. Gujral used all sorts of lighting such as cove lighting, dome lighting and pendant lights, to get various effects depending on which lights are switched on.
This is more than a study – Gujral’s client, a young woman, wanted it to be a place where she could get her paperwork done in peace – and also a place where she could read or chat with a close friend.
Since there was a very limited amount of natural light in the room – there was only a small window – Gujral decided to use colours that would give a perception of light and make the place look bright. So hues like aqua, silver and white did the trick. And textured ivory gold wallpaper helped to increase that effect.
The worktable was also designed to enhance the bright look of the room. The table top is made of engraved mirror and white lacquer and the small rack at the back, meant to hold books and artefacts, uses the same kind of style. The silver flowers are made of metal and, aside from being decorative, also support the rack.
Since a room without much natural light can sometimes feel small and cramped, Gujral used Italian white marble on the floor to give the area as spacious a look as possible.
And to add to the overall effect, the ceiling makes use of cove lighting as well as down lighting.
The good looks guide
Our moods are affected by the quality of light – and so is the way that our homes look. Effective use of lighting can even make a small room look spacious, aside from brightening up the whole ambience of your home. Here are some suggestions to help you scope out your options.
Before deciding the lighting for any area of your home, you should decide how this space is to be used. For instance, if it’s a bedroom, use mood lighting to create an intimate look.
For your lounge or entertainment area, it’s best to go dramatic. Use pools of light in places where you expect conversations to happen, and task lighting for places where you expect to work.
Stay away from white lighting when it comes to your home – a golden glow has a more warming effect. If you have a penchant for chandeliers, you can place them in almost any area – in the living room, the corner of a bedroom or in the dining room.
Table lamps work very well in a bedroom. They can be simple and elegant, or even designed to look like a work of art.
Candles can add an instant festive feel to the atmosphere. If you’re having people over, light a few candles in a corner and see how everyone’s mood changes.