Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important elements of good interior design. After all, there’s very little point in creating luxury surroundings if they cannot be appreciated properly or if there’s insufficient light to be able to carry out even the most basic of tasks. In addition though, lighting is a really important feature in creating the overall ambiance and mood of a living space, so factoring in lighting design from the start is essential.

Starting broadly and focusing in, there are three types of lighting to consider where artificial light is concerned. Ambient lighting, which is the general lighting provided to a space – usually a form of downlight. Secondly, there’s accent lighting, which can be extremely effective when used to display paintings or accentuate features and, lastly, task lighting. Task lighting is often key in areas where concentration and focus is essential to a specific activity, such as reading or preparing food. Consider Collingwood’s LED strip lighting range for such activities.

Understanding which type of lighting is required should be considered with suitability of use in mind e.g. a hotel room would have multiple potential uses from reading and working, to comfort and relaxation. Alternatively, a kitchen would require plenty of lighting to aid visibility with potentially hazardous activities.

With the ability to largely affect the mood of a room, lighting is the most important element to consider when designing a space. Not only can it alter the mood of occupants in a room, it can transform the overall shape and size of the space itself. Extra lighting reflecting off the walls of a small room will help it to appear larger and, adding recessed lighting, can add a soft glow without protruding into the space – making it appear larger and more inviting.

With continuous innovation and development at the core of its business, Collingwood Lighting provides an abundance of options when it comes to using lighting as a design feature. Get in touch with one of our expert lighting designers today to understand how they can help you transform a space.