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It all begins with a good plan

Good interior lighting requires a bit of planning. And that planning is best done ahead of time, as virtually all interior designers agree. In fact, the right lighting is crucial for the atmosphere you create in your home. Lighting can make or break an interior.

Start with functionality

When choosing indoor lights, always start with your needs. First and foremost, indoor lighting must be practical. Walk through your interior, room by room, and determine exactly what you will use each room for. Is it a room that will only be used for relaxing? If so, then you will need less light than you would if you also need to do paperwork in that same room.

Four types of lighting

Indoor lighting can be subdivided into four types.

  • Basic lighting or general-purpose lighting: the light that is needed for using the room on a daily basis. For example, that grouping of flush-mounted spotlights in the dining room or kitchen.
  • Mood lighting: as the name suggests, this lighting is meant to add mood or atmosphere, as a supplement to the basic lighting. Examples of this are the indirect lighting from LED strips located behind a false wall or a soft table lamp in the corner of the living room.
  • Accent lighting: this lighting literally highlights important elements such as a painting, a sculpture or simply a wall in your interior.
  • Functional lighting: this type of light is intended for the performance of a specific task. For example, desk work, cooking, reading, etc.

Admittedly, the distinctions between these types of lighting are sometimes fuzzy. Interior wall lighting can contribute to the basic lighting as well as create a mood in the room.

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