Light zoning: design techniques
Today we will talk about a non-standard method of zoning – light. We will explain how to organize the lighting in the studio, how to separate the kitchen and living room with the help of light, how to highlight any area in the apartment using only lamps.
Light zoning: design techniques
Why do you need light zoning
Light is often underestimated, although it is a very handy zoning tool. With it, you can:
Mark section boundaries.
Hide private corners and highlight public spaces in the apartment.
Emphasize the functionality of the zones.
Light zoning is most relevant in small rooms. Where there is not enough space for shelving or crowded with movable partitions, you can create separation using multi-directional and multi-level fixtures.
At the same time, you should not refuse such a reception in large halls – additional emphasizing of zones with lighting brings a zest to the interior, makes it more thoughtful and spectacular.
The advantages of zoning with light
light zoning in the living room
First, it is variability. The lamps can be mounted on the ceiling and walls, they can be placed on the floor or tables, direct or diffuse their light, play with its temperature and brightness. There are so many options and lighting schemes that with its help you can solve literally any problem.
Secondly, compactness. The ceiling and walls are used the least and they have plenty of free space for lamps. Even floor-standing options tend to have a small base that can easily fit into any corner.
Thirdly, changing the lighting is an easy way to update the environment. Change the lamps, rearrange the furniture a little, and your home will be transformed. Save money on major renovations.
The most interesting tricks
Use natural light
light zoning in the living room kitchen
There is no better lighting for the living room than the light of the sun. Place the sofa on which guests will gather closer to the window and free the window sills from objects that prevent the spread of rays. So people can also enjoy the beautiful sunset.
You can also organize a work area, a play area for children or a dining room.
If the windows face south and it gets too hot in summer, light curtains or blinds will help regulate the lighting.
Combine warm and cold light
Bright, invigorating cold white sets you in a working mood, besides, it is convenient to see the details with it. Use it in areas where you have to work – in the kitchen, over a desk or easel.
Warm, soft light creates a cozy atmosphere. Bring it to the relaxed atmosphere of the living room or install it in the bedroom to make it easier to fall asleep.
Keep in mind that the choice of the shade of the lamps also depends on the style of the interior and the overall color scheme in the room. For example, warm wallpaper and tiles may look yellowed in cold light.
Avoid central lighting
kitchen zoning with light
In the living room combined with the kitchen, use two chandeliers – one above the kitchen island or bar, the other – above the sofa. Multi-level lighting will look no less interesting: overhead lights in the cooking area and low pendant lamps above the seating area.
Highlight areas with LED lighting
Nothing emphasizes the boundaries of functional areas like a bright LED strip. She can literally outline the perimeter of any site. This method looks especially impressive in the bedroom-living room.
By the way, LED lighting goes well with horizontal zoning and textile partitions – you can add it to any curtains, sills and even furniture edges.
Use directional light
zoning with lamps
Floor lamps and sconces with lampshades that direct the light can literally turn on or off certain areas in the room. For example, if in the evening in the large bedroom-living room you turn on only floor lamps around the sofa, the corner with the bed will disappear from view. The same effect can be achieved with a busbar duct with rotating hangers.
Play with brightness
When choosing fixtures, give preference to models with dimmers. So you can turn a richly lit living room into a bedroom with intimate twilight in one motion. Regulators are indispensable and if you sleep and work in the same room – turn down the brightness above the bed, leaving enough light above the table