In an ideal world, the light in our interiors would always be 100% natural and the majority of windows would be on the south side of the house. But in practice, this is not always the case!
Light, although often neglected, is of great importance in our spaces. It makes your living space warmer and is one of the most important elements in interior design. Indeed, more than a piece of furniture or a design, the play of light can bring a real added value to your environment. As in the theatre, it is a question of staging the light in the space. For example, creating an atmosphere, focusing on an element of the decor, etc.
Light should be considered from the first stage of a project in order to make the most of it. If it is a renovation or attic space, the first step is to plan for light at the construction stage. Of course, you should not forget to take into account the north/south exposure.
Tuning the natural and the artificial
There are two types of light: natural and artificial. But do you really know how to match them?
The shape of architectural designs forces us to juggle several types of light. There are three types of light: general room lighting, functional light and ambient light. Let's take a closer look at the rooms in the house that have specific constraints and require functional light.
In a kitchen, to make it easier to prepare your food, the central island should be placed close to a natural light source. However, if this is not possible, supplement your general lighting with a functional light that will give you enough light on the worktop.
The same applies to the workspace: the office should be located near a source of natural light to work in the best conditions. Choose a light source that is on the side of your desk. If the light comes from the centre of the room, your own shadow will prevent your work surface from being properly lit.
In a bathroom, to perfect your beauty routine, a high window is optimal. It is advisable to complete the lighting with spotlights all around your mirror to avoid false foundation. For a more SPA-like atmosphere, this is where ambient lighting will make the difference.
Another tip for avoiding shadows is that if a room is rectangular, it is better to have several windows spread out along the length rather than one in the middle, even if it is a large room. The most important thing is to think about multiplying the sources of light and distributing them evenly, and not to be satisfied with a single central luminaire with very powerful lighting.
Whether it is natural or not, light can change everything in an interior. It can enlarge spaces, emphasise architectural subtleties, and give you a sense of grandeur. It immediately makes a difference.
It is essential to be aware of the importance of lighting from the outset in order to have lighting that is adapted to its function (kitchen, office, bathroom).
Designing the space to suit the light
The proper circulation of light in the space also depends on the mirrors, the paint and the furniture in the room. It is important not to overload rooms with furniture. It is preferable to opt for light colours and smooth or lacquered textures. This will encourage the play of light and increase the brightness of the space. It should be noted that the reflection of light between the floor and the ceiling represents 70% of the light input.
Looking for ideas to let the light in? Here are some ideas:
The claustra : Very fashionable and easily adaptable to any style: 70's or Art Deco. It's up to you to choose the material, driftwood, metal or plaster...
The glass roof: Compatible with many styles and increasingly trendy over the last 5 years.
The library: Of course, it is important not to overload it with books and to provide openings in certain niches.
The effects of light on your well-being
The well-being of an individual is strongly influenced by a light and bright living space. We spend most of our time indoors, so it is important to live in well-lit spaces. Especially natural light contributes to your comfort.
The circadian rhythm, which is a 24-hour biological rhythm, is strongly influenced by light. For example, too much exposure to light before a sleep cycle will prevent the human body from falling asleep. Beware of the harmful effects of blue light, present on our screens and in LED lighting.
Natural light is a key element of our biological clock and has a direct impact on our well-being (appetite, stress, sleep, concentration).
The more your circadian rhythm is regulated, the better you will feel. To function better, you will need a good amount of natural light in your home and work space.
You now have all the keys you need to handle light like an expert. Whether it's a question of room layout or furniture placement, it is possible to give a real illusion of grandeur to your spaces.
It's up to you!