Lighting as part of your interior design concept plays a very important role. It is therefore recommendable that you consider it carefully during the design stages of your home, so as to avoid routing issues once the walls have been painted. It serves quite a few functions: it underlines particular accents; it can be used to separate different functional zones and contributes to the feel-like-home atmosphere.
Naturally, we distinguish between general and local lighting depending on the goals that it serves. The general lamps are the ones that we switch on upon entering a particular room. This type provides the overall illumination in the area, which should be as close as possible to the daily light. The best general light is the reflected one, not the one that comes directly from the source of the lighting. Walls, ceilings and special reflecting lamps are used for the purpose. This way, uniform light is generated in the room, while the contrasting shadows, which tend to convey somehow disturbing sensations, are avoided.
The second type of lighting is the local one. It is primarily used to put the accent on a particular area of the room or a separate decoration item. Similar light sources are installed in the corners for example, so that a peculiar niche or a wall can be underlined. The main difference here is that the light comes directly from the source; it is not reflected as in the case of the general type. This way a separate reading spot can be created. You can also use it for your work desk or above the kitchen boards. Direct lamps are irreplaceable when it comes to art pieces too. Another good example of this kind of lighting would be the desk and the floor lamps. Those are very good for the occasions when subdued intimate lighting is desired. As Paul Lynde said: “A room is like a stage. If you see it without lighting, it can be the coldest place in the world.