Lighting affects people differently, both natural and incandescent. This is best captured with seasonal affective disorder or SAD (on a side note, is that not the perfect acronym for it?). Some people become quite depressed when they haven’t seen the sun or felt its rays of warmth on their skin in a certain amount of time.
This is normal. We are social creatures, when we don’t have the tools we need (including lighting) to go about our normal day-to-day tasks and pleasures, it takes the life out of us. After all, living things need light to grow and thrive.
So, what’s the point I’m trying to make here? Lighting alters our state of being. To illustrate my point, let’s do a simple exercise. Walk into your bedroom and turn on the light. Go on, do it! I’ll wait here…
Okay, now that you’re back, what did you notice? Did your bedroom lighting make you feel anything? Did you notice a difference in the space when you flipped on the light switch? If the answer is no, it’s time to rethink your bedroom’s lighting design scheme.
Lighting Design: How it Makes a Difference
According to SFGate, “the use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colors of a room or from only those surfaces the light is meant to enhance. [The] illusion of space is defined by light reflected off of the surfaces of the walls.” If your bedroom walls are painted white, the lighting scheme of your bedroom could make it look as sterile as a hospital exam room. If your bedroom is painted in deep earth tones, it could make the space feel like a cave. To prevent this from happening, you will need to play with your light scheme. After all design is all about play.
The Three Lighting Elements Necessary in Bedroom Design
Your bedroom is a place of reflection, reprieve and peace. When you walk into your bedroom, you should feel unburdened by the day and like you can melt into your goose down comforter. If you’re walking into your bedroom feeling like you’re this close to pulling your hair out and slamming the door, something isn’t working, and it’s probably the lighting.
Lighting design companies like Visual Comfort have made it their mission to create lighting fixtures that are pleasing to the eyes and reflect style and luxury. The name of the company itself tells you their mission: providing exquisite design to create a soft, romantic and alluring space. By adding the delicacy of your light fixtures to your bedroom’s furnishings, you will have fashioned a space that is at once resplendent and serene.
The bedroom needs to be more than visually appealing, it needs to be functional too. If you’re bumping around through the space because the light levels are too low or you’re blinded when you turn on your table lamp at the sound of your alarm clock, the bedroom isn’t working for you. Your lighting should help you to comfortably see your surroundings and allow to use the space to its full potential.
This brings us to our third element—balance. The bedroom’s lighting should be made of layers. The layers are:
- Ambient: This type of lighting provides the space with general illumination.
- Accent: This type of lighting is focused on specific areas of the space to create depth and add character.
- Task: This lighting style makes things such as reading, writing or knitting easier.
By layering ambient, accent and task lighting in your bedroom, you will get a more natural lighting look and not feel shaken by the fakeness of incandescent lighting.
Now that you have a better understanding of what your bedroom needs to look sharp and be cozy, you can start your lighting makeover with confidence!