It’s not just the colors, the materials and the furnishings that determine whether we feel comfortable in our own four walls. The right lighting creates a cozy atmosphere, relaxes the eyes and brings out the best in every room. With a sophisticated lighting concept, you can also put your interior in the limelight. We give you useful tips with which you can plan the lighting correctly and create a cozy ambience.
Planning lighting correctly: direct and indirect light
The lighting creates atmosphere in a house. The right light color and light intensity, as well as the well thought-out placement of the lighting fixtures, can significantly increase the feel-good factor in the room. This is achieved with a combination of soft, indirect and strongly focused light.
The indirect light is generated by shielded lights and first illuminates a reflective surface. It illuminates the walls and the floor and then spreads evenly in the room. This creates a cozy and inviting ambience. But indirect lighting can do a lot more: It emphasizes elements of interior design and stages transitions between wall and floor in a particularly effective way. With indirect light sources, decorations can also be better accentuated. Shielded light sources are, for example, all types of LED strips, as well as glare-free spotlights, ceiling washlights and wall lights that are equipped with a reflector.
In contrast, focused lighting falls directly on objects such as furniture or work surfaces. It is used where work light is needed. The direct lighting should therefore be planned very well, preferably at the beginning of a renovation, so that, for example, sufficient sockets are provided. The different light sources offer flexible combination options. When buying, you should not only pay attention to their service life, but also to the light color and the lumen. Renowned dealers like Watterie.de therefore offer a very clearly structured overview of the various types of light sources.
Plan and combine lighting correctly
How to combine indirect and direct lighting:
1. In the living room, several light sources create a coherent overall picture. Adjustable table or wall lights are used, for example, to create a cozy reading corner. Dimmable uplights create comfort and decorative floor lamps give the room character.
2. In the dining room, height-adjustable pendant lights provide sufficient light above the dining area and spotlights – for soft background light.
3. The kitchen is usually the biggest challenge when planning lighting. If you have a kitchen with a cooking island, you can illuminate the work surface of the island with several lamps or a chandelier. In small kitchens, functional and space-saving alternatives are lights that are installed under the wall units. Wall lights pointing upwards can flood the room with soft indirect light.
4. In the bathroom, a dimmable ceiling light creates a cozy atmosphere, while several adjustable wall lights placed on the side of the mirror provide work light.
5. Swiveling floor and table lamps, which are equipped with a dimmer, play the main role in the bedroom. The area around the mirror is illuminated with ceiling lamps and there are several lighting concepts to choose from for the wardrobe. You can either mount LED strips or spots in the wardrobe, or opt for a swiveling ceiling light.
6. In the hallway, track spotlights prove to be a space-saving and functional variant. They offer a high degree of flexibility in terms of positioning. Depending on where they are oriented, you can illuminate the area over a large area or set light accents.