PLAN AND DESIGN THE LAYOUT
Studying the electrical layout of your light sources is a crucial step. Formalize the rooms on a plan to determine the lighting or draw up a room-by-room list of your needs. Think about your desires: ceiling light in the parents' bedroom? Not necessarily useful. Functional lighting in the kitchen above the worktop? Unavoidable ! To be successful, the lighting must be anticipated according to the arrangements you have planned. It must therefore be part of a global reflection on the interior design and echo the layout of the furniture. This is the secret of well thought-out lighting. Get off the beaten track and classic, conventional layouts like the conventional electrical wire outlet in the center of the room. The location of the lighting is a major asset,
DARE ORIGINAL LAYOUTS
Lamps have become powerful decorative objects. Get off the beaten track and dare to make surprising combinations: off-center suspension in a corner, rain of light suspensions, lighting integrated into the floor, so many elements that sign a bright and original decoration. Imagine the atmosphere you want to create in your interior, this will determine the type of lighting you want: suspension for direct lighting, wall lights for indirect lighting. Presence of dimmers to play with atmospheres, dedicated wire outlets for accent lighting in niches, decorative lighting for false ceilings... Or even controlled sockets if you prefer ambient lighting to control the lighting of lamps and streetlights.
ADAPT THE LIGHTING TO THE VOLUME OF THE ROOM
The dimensions of the lamps but also the layouts are essential. In a small space, for example, wall lights are to be avoided: they would spoil a section of wall for storage. Also avoid placing a chandelier on a low ceiling. Make a zoning by imagining the location of your furniture. This will help you to materialize the needs and the outputs of wires and corresponding sockets: the bed in a bedroom to determine the location of the bedside lamps or wall reading lights, the TV corner in the living room to adapt the light to the need for light: spotlights , table lamp or arc floor lamp, etc.
MULTIPLY LIGHT SOURCES
Provide several light points in each room and add "pluses" such as dimmers, spotlights or adjustable lamps. The more light points you have, the more you can modulate the lighting according to your needs and play with light. Plan several circuits, for example in the bathroom for functional but also decorative and zen lighting to transform the room into a relaxation area. Install dimmers in several rooms to modulate the intensity and create a lighting atmosphere. You can thus obtain a toned or cozy atmosphere from the same lights. To modulate the light intensity in a dining room during a meal or create a cozy atmosphere in the living room, the dimmer is essential.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHTS!
Do not forget to take everything into account in the light rendering: shape of the lamp, material (glass, fabric or metal), type of luminaire, reflector. The dispersion of the light will be quite different depending on whether your dome chandelier is made of glass or metal. Remember that light fixtures set the tone of the decor. The luminaire chosen is essential, both for the type of light it diffuses (punctual, general, direct or mixed lighting) and for the decorative style it conveys. Lamps, as objects, greatly contribute to interior decoration and give character to your space. By the lights alone, a place can take on very different tones. Imagine a rather classic room, add LEDs, a designer floor lamp, a contemporary suspension and several minimalist lamps that play on tapered lines and raw materials. It will take on a modern look without changing all your furniture!
LIGHT UP TO SUBLIMATE
Don't underestimate decorative and accent lighting. Beyond your needs, decorative lighting highlights the architecture of a place, beautiful objects. Don't forget it to provide aesthetic and not just basic lighting. Decorative lighting is accent lighting. Its role is to highlight and highlight objects and architectural lines. It is used to create a lighting scene: the light becomes decoration independently of the lighting needs linked to an activity (functional lighting) or needs: general lighting when you light up a room for example. The decorative lighting modulates the volumes, creates astonishing plays of light by accentuating the shadow areas. Lighting hidden in false ceilings, adjustable spotlights, projector streetlights are the allies of this type of lighting. It is more the light, its beam, its color than the luminaire itself that is at stake to create these effects.