Designers' Talk \ LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE


Talking about lighting: Ana Basic \ Senior Interior Designer 

An important design element, lighting creates the atmosphere, sets the mood and complements the design scheme. We may see it, however it's more important how we feel it. Lighting touches our subconscious mind and affects our moods. That's why it has such a great role in architecture and interior design. Light is the source of life and lighting is the life of any space.

Imagine walking in a room lit only with a mellow light of a fading sun. The shadows are soft and the light has that calming warm coloured quality. You feel instantly at ease and all around you seems calm. Imagine also seeing the lit window on a cold snowy winter evening. Its cosy yellow brightness in stark contrast with the cool tones outside. Just by looking at it you can feel the warmth, hear the cracking of the fireplace and smell the scent of cinnamon. You start imagining the comfort and safety hidden behind the thick glass and it fills you with peace.

Imagine now walking in a brightly neon-lit space with no shadows. It is the kind of space that makes you feel exposed and uncomfortable. The kind of space you cannot imagine sipping the tea in while reading your favourite book. Total lack of depth, warmth or comfort.

The reason we feel so differently in diferently lit-spaces is the colour of the light. The more yellow it is the more it evokes the sense of comfort and belonging. Strong white lights tend to seem cold and clinical. Nevertheless, they are a necessity in buildings like hospitals, factories or offices, although office spaces nowdays tend to have softer, more natural looking lights, at least in common areas like caffeterias.

Another reason we feel so differently is the type of lighting. The neon-lit space from our example uses just one type, the omni-light, or ambient light. It lights up the room entirely and casts as little shadows as possible. Something in a way the Sun casts the light on Earth.

The golden glow of the sunset room from our example, would represent what is known as the accent light. Accent light is emitted from a single source or a several single sources. Think of the candle light or wall scones. Think of the baroque paintings or the moonlight reflection on the sea.

Ambiente and accent lights, together with their companion - task light, are the three basic types of light used in interior spaces. Each of them has its own job - ambiente light is the most powerfull one that lights the entire space and chases the darkness away; task light is the diligent one that focuses on a job at hand like reading, studying or cooking; accent light is a dreamer that creates the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or a late-night tea. Together, they work in creating the harmonious lighting, thus achieving the comfortable atmosphere in the space. Every successful lighting scheme consists of all three lighting types, playfully involved in a game of light, shadows and contrast.

 

However, besides their primary and obvious function, the lighting has its secondary function - to visualy and aesthetically complement, accentuate or enhance the architecture through its design and materials. In modern interiors they have become the statement pieces and a focus of attention.

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As designers and creators, at TrinityTree we understand all these important roles that lighting plays within the architectural space. 

 

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We also know that the nicest light is the one that shines from within us when we are surrounded by the people, places and things we love.

 

Have fun, laugh a lot and let your light shine.

 

 

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