You can finally ‘officially’ move in to your new-build home or just converted home. You have been looking forward to it for weeks, months or even years to finally nestle in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate (with whipped cream). Add magazine, cat on your lap and just enjoy. But once you sit down, you are not completely happy. You cannot read your magazine that well, even though you are not yet over 75. So you climb off the couch again and throw the dimmer (which you luckily had installed) of the lamp just a little higher. You install yourself again and you immediately lose heart; It is super uninviting, because much too light, sigh.
If you are going to build a new home or renovate your home, that is the chance to do it right from the start. You will notice that very early in the process you are asked by the contractor to pass on the points for the (fixed) lighting. For many there is a reason to panic, because they have no idea where these points should come. With the different types of interior design styles this is important now.
Make a plan
The importance of good lighting in your house is much greater than most people think. It provides atmosphere, warmth and it provides comfort and functionality. We often know what a beautiful fixture is, but the exact situation with the points is a challenge for many. The most important step is to take the time and sit down for a while to make a lighting plan. You are already a long way off.
Think about the types of lighting
First of all you have to think about the different types of light that you need in your home. There is:
- Natural light
- Basic lighting
- Accent lighting
- Functional lighting
- Atmospheric lighting
- Decorative lighting
Natural light is the light that enters through windows, doors, skylights and other ‘holes’ in your house. If you have many (large) windows, you will be able to live without artificial light until later in the day. If you have a home with only windows at the front and rear, for example, then you also regularly have to resort to a light during the day.
Basic lighting is the lighting that you switch on to illuminate your home evenly. A uniform light is created that ensures that you can move around easily in your home or that you can turn on if you need to vacuum or search for your lens, for example. These are usually hanging lamps and ceiling spotlights. This is your starting point for the rest of your lighting. Make sure that this lighting is dimmable so that you can always adjust the intensity and make it more atmospheric.
Accent lighting is the light that illuminates a certain element in your interior. This can for example be a painting or cupboard. It is usually a bundle of light.
Functional lighting is the lighting that you need in places where you need to be informed during your activity. Think for example of spots above your kitchen counter or a reading lamp. They ensure that you can clearly see what you are doing.