Using Light in Luxury Interior Design

July 2017

Design expert Annabella Nassetti has created stunning projects full of bright ideas that can transform a home at the flick of a switch.

When thinking about the flow of space, ambience, and atmosphere in your home, lighting can be one of the most fundamental elements. Brighter lights can make you feel alert and awake, whereas dimmer, softer lights can be relaxing and sleep-inducing.

Plan your lighting, and use different light sources across different levels to create ambience and interest in a room. Use lighting to make the most of a room’s size and shape –uplighting makes a room feel larger, low-hung pendants will create an illusion of height and clusters of lighting make large rooms seem cosier.

Some lighting needs to be practical: Consider what tasks you may be undertaking in each room where lighting can affect or aid you. Cooking requires more concentrated lighting, therefore a combination of bright downlights and recess lighting, in cabinets and above stove tops, is useful. For reading, flexible and directional lighting aimed away from you is better. Powder rooms require a combination of sidelights and downlights. Dimmers will quickly become your new best friend, providing an energy efficient and effective way to quickly change the atmosphere and warmth of a room. Midnight bathroom breaks are made worse with harsh lighting that causes temporary blindness upon flicking a switch. Low-level lighting in hallways, staircases and the bathroom will create a subtle warmth and a guide.

Finally, it is extremely important to have a lighting control system which allows you to customize the lighting control. This is guaranteed to complement the beauty of any home, new or old, large or small. Bespoke buttons allow you to control more than just lighting—including music, movies, and more—with a simple press. Turn on/off multiple rooms or the entire house with one tap, have the lights illuminate in the theatre when the pause button is pressed, and lights can turn off automatically when the room is unoccupied. Your home can even alternate lights to appear occupied while you’re away.