Natural and Artificial: Striking the Right Balance With Your Interior Lighting

When it comes to interior design, lighting is a factor that can make or break any living space. Why? Well, while lighting is largely a functional feature of a home that allows us to live our lives between our own walls without being left in the dark, it can also be used to create atmosphere. So, let’s take a moment to look at how you can strike the right balance between natural and artificial light in your interior design!

Artificial Light

There are so many different types of artificial light that you can incorporate into your design. From table lamps to free-standing lamps, spotlights, chandeliers, and more – there’s bound to be something out there that will tie into your design well. Once you’ve settled on a type of lighting or two, put plenty of thought into the type of bulb that you buy. This will determine the brightness and the tone of glow that you will get from your lamp.

Natural Light

Natural light tends to be something that the majority of us take for granted. We roll up our blinds or pull open our curtains in the morning and it’s there. However, it’s always worth considering how natural lighting can affect your interior design, rather than leaving its benefits to the realm of the outside world. Natural light, in fact, can have profound consequences to our overall health and well-being, so if you want your property to give you the best quality of life possible, it’s time to start flooding your interiors with as much of the natural stuff as possible. Our bodies rely on the right amount of natural light at the right time of day to configure our internal body clocks. The more natural light you have access to, the more reliable your body clock will be and the more likely you are to get your full eight hours sleep. This means you’ll be much more productive by day and recuperate better at night. It also makes interiors more aesthetically pleasing, as natural light is flattering to both people’s features and property features.

So, how do you go about incorporating this into your property? Well, if you’re building your property from scratch, ensure that your home design has large enough windows to allow light to come in at all angles, or consider a large skylight. If you already have a property, it can always undergo renovations such as the implementation of French doors or windows on stairs or corridors to eliminate darkness. If you are already settled in, however, things can be a little more difficult, as you’re stuck with the layout you’ve been given. But not to worry. It’s in situations like these that you can use mirrors to your benefit. Mirrors reflect light and bounce it across the room. So place a large mirror opposite a window, and your room will quickly fill with natural light, no matter how dark it may have been before!

As you can see, lighting is pivotal when it comes to creating a functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing living space. So put plenty of thought into the type you provide your property with!


Photo Credit: Natalia Y

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