Relationship Between Lighting and Interior Design

As a professional interior designer, you’ll most likely know how important lighting design is to your project and how lights can be used in highly effective ways to enhance any type of interior space.

Though some major projects may require the serviced of a professional lighting designer, smaller residential interior design projects can always be implemented without the services or input of a lighting designer.

Creating great lighting effects within a home is simple, once a lighting plan is created. And for most interior designers, professionally presented proposals generally touch on topics related to lighting design and light fittings/fixtures placement and installations.

With commercial design projects however, it’s good to work in conjunction with a lighting designer, knowing the fact that there are differences in variables with colour schemes illuminated by different lighting elements.

This is quite varied and vast in commercial projects like hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, institutions, clubs, and the like.

Why Is a Lighting Plan Important?

It is important to draw a lighting fixture plan when an interior concept is being conceived. Even a simple plan will show your clients where you plan to place what. It will also show how effective use of light means highlighting what needs to be highlighted, toning down areas that need to be soft and subtle, and spotlighting choice items like oil paintings and statues.

Simple lighting plan for an interior design project

Without a good concept plan, the lighting of an interior can be ineffective. For instance, the use of excessive interior lights (or insufficient lighting) can distort or even destroy the ambience of a room and make nonsense of the creative works of an interior designer.

The wrong kind of interior lighting choice and/or placement can ruin a room's theme at the flick of the switch at nightfall.

Lighting - An Important Part of Interior Design

Lighting is the most practical, exciting and mysterious of all design mediums. It is exciting because of its ability to transform everything; any interior space and any physical object it illuminates.

It is a mysterious medium because light rays are invisible to the naked eye until they touch an object, practical because of its value to our lives, and exciting because of the aesthetics value it provides if utilised effectively.

Light not only possesses the absolute power to show, enhance and display objects and things to human view, but it is also virtually impossible to evaluate any visual effect without the presence of lights.

The long and short of it is that lighting is an important element of interior design.