March 2021-SIDLER, INSIDE REFLECTIONS – The Relationship Between Lighting and Functional Design?
HOW DOES LIGHTING PLAY A ROLE IN HOME AND BATHROOM DESIGN?
Let’s take a look at a functional storage option with the benefits of illumination!
When it comes to home design we consider so many key factors such as, paint colours, tile, flooring, counter-tops and cabinetry, furniture, and kitchen and bathroom fixtures. We also think about the style of design aesthetic we want for our home such as; modern, contemporary, minimalist, industrial, md-century, modern or traditional, etc.
Another key item of consideration in home design is lighting; not only to ensure our home has proper illumination for practical functionality, but also to create ambience in each room and accentuate the interior styling within our home.
SFGATE Magazine talks about the importance of lighting in interior design.
The simplicity and importance of lighting in interior design is discussed in this NY Times article.
And when it comes to the bathroom, it becomes even more important when considering the right lighting to provide the proper clear illumination in order to meet our everyday practical needs while, still providing a beautiful design option.
Why is the proper lighting in a bathroom such a key factor?
When we choose the lighting for our bathroom, we are looking for lighting to serve two purposes. We want light to have varying characteristics or ambience and we also want functional, task lighting.
AMBIENCE AND ATMOSPHERE
In terms of creating a bathroom space with various nuances in ambience; lighting not only accentuates the bathroom design elements but it also has many characteristics such as exuding a calm, peaceful effect or a crisper, vivid effect.
Our experience with and exposure to certain types of light is a very important part of our everyday lives and plays a role in impacting our mood and our biological clock, and it also influences our sleeping habits. For example, on a bright, sunny day it is hard not to be in anything but in a good mood. And, when the sun does not set until later in the evening during those long summer days; you feel less sleepy and less inclined to go to bed earlier. Also, when your room is too bright with light and there is not enough darkness; it is harder to drift into sleep and get a good night’s sleep.
How is all of this relevant to a bathroom?
The bathroom serves so many functions….