Designing the perfect interior of just about any type of room is a complex process. Many elements come into play when it  comes to creating an interior that looks and feels just right. Out of all these elements, light is the most important. The right lighting, whether it is natural daylight or artificial lighting, can make or break the ideal effect that you expect from a space. The perfect lightning can warm up a cold space, cool down a warm room and even create the right kind of atmosphere as per the requirements of the inhabitants and visitors.

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When it comes to selecting lights for a room, you have to base your selection on function, harmony and of course, the desired mood. All three of these requirements have to be fulfilled in a perfect balance to make your room ideal for whatever purpose you have in mind.

Let’s start with function. If your area of residence offers plenty of natural light during day time, you ought to try and take advantage of it. Whether you are designing a living room, kitchen, bedroom or office, natural light can help provide adequate light to manage your tasks during day time and of course, to create the effect that you desire without much aid from artificial light sources. As for artificial lighting, ambient lighting allows you to navigate within the room when it’s dark outside. Task lighting is designed and positioned in such a way as to allow you to perform tasks such as reading or cooking. If there are certain decorative elements such as works of art, plants or ornaments that you would like to highlight, accent lighting is used to draw attention to them.

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Aside from being functional, lighting has to be selected to set the right mood as well. If you take a bedroom, the desired mood is always a relaxed, soothing one as opposed to the energetic and alert mood required in an office area. While low lights create a cozy, romantic feel to a bedroom, metallic lights can produce the lively mood for a living room or working space. Of course, mood lighting does not always have to be electrical; you can set a warm, inviting and romantic mood with candles and oil lamps as well.

The next step is to consider how your lights can pull all the different elements in a room together to create perfect harmony. The ideal balance between lighting and the components that make up the overall effect of the room is attained when the room appears as an aesthatically appealing space without drawing attention to the lights. Functional, ambient and task lights are used together to make sure that the room appears as a whole without having any element sticking out unnecessarily. Needless to say, the lights will have to be chosen with care, in order to make sure that they don’t interfere with the various colours of a room. Aside from the quality of the actual light, the lighting fixtures also matter a great deal to create the perfect harmony.

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