Note: This post was originally written by me for Wicker Emporium’s blog
Selecting lighting within your home can be a difficult task to say the least. With so many options out there, it can be hard to figure out what type of lighting is appropriate for your home. The selection of appropriate lighting is a very important component to an efficient design plan. A lighting scheme should be selected to enhance your interior, and also to serve function.
Three main types of lighting are decorative, task, and ambient. These three areas of lighting are commonly found within an effective lighting scheme.
Lighting is grouped within the ‘decorative’ category when the style and design gains prominence over the functionality of the light itself. This commonly includes table lamps, sconces, and chandeliers – However, decorative lighting is becoming more and more practical as lighting design evolves over time.
Task lighting is classified as lighting that is used to bring the appropriate amount of lighting to specific tasks. Under-cabinet kitchen lighting is a perfect example of this, as is the classic desk lamp. Task lighting is also common within workspaces and craft rooms and kitchens where ample lighting is key.
The main source of light within a space is known as ambient lighting. Recessed lighting, flush lights, pendants, and chandeliers can all serve as the main source of light within a room and can all therefore be considered ambient lighting.
Keep in mind the use of different light switches – such as dimmers – as well as the wattage and type of bulbs used. Different moods can be created with just the flick of a switch, so you can set different moods for different occasions.
When selecting lighting for your interior, consider what type of lighting is appropriate for the different areas of your space. Ask yourself what you want to illuminate, where you want your placement, and select your choice of lighting sources. The possibilities are endless.