Have you ever walked into a poorly lit restaurant and felt apprehensive about dinning? Walked into your newly renovated kitchen but still felt it was small an uninviting? Lighting in design should never be an after thought. Lighting holds a large influence on mood and perception of colour. When the average person is planning a space, it is common for lighting to be allocated last, as if it was a finishing touch. This factor of design and space is just as important as paint and materials which is chosen from the beginning.
Lighting in commercial Spaces
Have you ever entered a retail store and felt compelled to purchase all the brightly lit and amplified merchandise? Have you sat at dinner across from your partner and wondered why the sultry lighting has given them an extra glow? Lighting in a commercial space is the most important aspect of design. Every store, hotel, restaurant is trying to set a specific mood to get consumers to engage in a specific way.
Blue and white light classified as Fluorescent lights create a lively atmosphere to a space and can create a certain energy that makes the brain active. This is great for commercial spaces that want to keep their consumers shopping and engaged. This type of lighting looks best with cool colours like blue, green and yellow.
Red and yellow Light mainly classified as incandescent light, is generally used in spaces where the intention is to set a calm or soft mood. This type of lighting is less alerting to the eye and brain especially at night. This is why incandescent light is often used in high end restaurants or bars that intend to set a relaxing atmosphere. This type of lighting is often used in the bedroom as well to improve cognitive activity and aid in the process of sleep.
Natural light in the home
The most important part of the home is how you feel when you’re there, if your space is poorly lit or has minimal natural exposure it can cause mental affects on those who reside there. A generous amount of natural lighting can help regulate the human internal clock and improve one’s mood. In addition to conserving energy, natural light improves the overall mood and productivity of the user in the space. The impact of natural light has become so well known now that almost every home, school and office spaces are designed with large fenestration.
Lighting is important no matter the space that is being designed or re-constructed, it can make or break what is trying to be achieved in any interior. The next space that you consider changing, put lighting as the first priority.