Understated vs Bold Lighting - Lighting Style
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Deciding on Lighting Options - Understated or Bold?


Lamp chandelier

The primary function of lighting is illumination and brightening up interiors. But once the basics are taken care of, there are a wide range of options to consider. A big question for residents and designers should be what kind of lighting do I want to use?

With so many styles and products available, it's a good idea to break them down into two distinct stylistic types; understated and bold. The role that you want your lighting products to play in the home will help you decide which style route to go down.

Modern minimalist bedroom

Simple, subtle and effective

An understated approach to interior lighting allows for a subtle and effective use of lighting features. The aim here is to concentrate on the effect of the light, and not the product itself. Consider how you want the light to be used to get the best out of it, and think about locating lamps and lights away from the centre of the room, so as not to be the main focus.

In this way, keeping lighting fixtures hidden away in a recess or behind furniture and panels could be said to be a prime response to the subtle aesthetic. Wall sconces, picture and art lights, and tasteful pendants are all able to function beautifully away from the main centre of the room.

Secondary lighting features and dimming switches also offer a practical way of balancing light levels in a contained and artfully designed fashion.

Modern minimalist bedroom chandelier

Bold and dynamic statement pieces

The opposite side of this is in bold, daring and dynamic statement pieces. For when you want the lighting feature to be the main focus of the whole room, this is the route to go down. Features such as elegantly finished vintage pendants and classic chandeliers fall into this category of bold interior lighting styles.

The main point to remember here is that the chosen feature should be right at the centre of the room itself. It will be the interior's point of focus, and will draw all eyes to it as people walk around the space.

Another important point to pay attention to is that just because the feature is installed front and centre in the room, it doesn't mean it has to be the room's only light source. After all, the dynamic products are making a statement just as much as they are providing light. Support lighting can be used to bolster the entire room's light levels, so that the main feature light source doesn't have to be on full illumination all the time.

Flexibility is key to applying different lighting styles in an interior. There is no hard and fast rule to getting the best out of lighting designs in the home, but using a well balanced approach using different products from the subtle and the bold categories can really pay off.