Private bright spots: artfully placed lights create atmosphere
Even now in the days of modern LED lighting artists, candlelight is the essential accessory for an atmospheric cosy evening, whether as a couple or with a larger number. In the flickering light of candles we can unconsciously conceal all the things we didn’t invite but which nevertheless have their place: the piles of books, the worn corners of the couch and other traces of life disappear in the delightful semi-darkness without spoiling the cosy atmosphere. In the beginning was light… it is energy, emotion and designer.
Light is the vital source of energy in a room.
Light is the great, silent seducer within your own four walls. Whether the bright, friendly entrance hall, homely cosiness around the fire or the business-like working atmosphere in your home office, you can’t live without light. In those dull grey November days we all look forward to sunny winter mornings and long for spring. Nature still gives us the most beautiful and precious light, yet every room should be lit with care according to the inhabitants’ needs and the architectural conditions. Light can structure a room and make it appear quite different. In large rooms in particular which combine individual areas, the kitchen, dining and living spaces can be notionally divided by light islands. Every room should have background lighting which can light up the whole space, small light islands which can be created using standard lamps and light features. Special objects, works of art or colours deserve their own illumination.
Light and colour: an expressive duo with long-term effects
It’s often said that things look quite different when viewed in another light. And this applies particularly to rooms. Light affects how we perceive form, colour and texture. A sunlit room gives the impression of being generously sized. Depending on your taste, you can underline this sense of space with light colours such as beige, sand, soft pink and matt blue. Equally, you can achieve beautiful contrasts by using matt taupe or chalky dark grey, particularly effective for cosy ‘island’ areas. Bright light creates contrasts. To play with contrasts, you should particularly observe the effects of light on the surfaces. A cleverly placed standard lamp can expressively emphasise the grainy structure of the sand texture in the Raffi paint range. Equally, a warm dark brown colour can radiate warmth and comfort through targeted lighting effects. Natural colours with different textures react most expressively to clever lighting.