Why lighting matters…

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Lighting is certainly one of the most difficult design concepts to understand. Light is everywhere but it’s intangible, we cannot touch it or feel it; however, if there were no light, we wouldn’t be able to see or experience things in the same way.

Lighting that is professionally designed provides the final invisible touches to a room. Good lighting is created by understanding the balance between light and shade, it is the presentation of space and will change the way a room is viewed. Lighting can be used to emphasise height, structure and materials, so it has huge impact on architecture and design.

Speaking generally, with the exception of using signature pieces, good lighting should not really be noticed; rather it will enhance interiors and bring rooms and spaces to life, without obviously doing so. It is usually only bad lighting that we notice, when the space feels too bright or too dark, the lighting glares or it draws attention to all the wrong parts of a room.

Good lighting design offers homeowners flexibility and control – one example of this may be kitchen lighting which when designed well, can be bright and functional for preparing food, then instantly altered to create a space that feels intimate and comfortable for a dinner party.

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