Ideas for creating atmosphere with ambient lighting.
Interior design is often a winding road. With lighting it can go anywhere and with mood lighting especially. Here are some inspirations for your ideabooks.
My musings on the creative use of lighting to create atmosphere or ambience in an interior space.
Creating an atmosphere and producing a mood with lighting can breathe life and drama into a space.
There is a mysterious quality when light emerges from dark corners from an unseen source. When the light is bright and crisp, it energizes as it washes undivided throughout the room or garden.
A tinted coved or beamed ceiling can add the feeling of “infinite sky”… and a slightly colored blue/green bulb is calming and soothing.
With the absence of light our “spheres” float with luminosity. Ha!
Lighting produces a sensory affect not unlike scent and music, setting the “tone” for what is happening in the room.
An atmosphere emerges when mirrors reflect color and light, when the elements of lighting and wall color are symbiotic, or when a water element creates a dance between these two undeniably linked elements.
Silent films offer a prime example of how color and light operate with respect to mood, when there are no other sensory responses to rely on.
The early film creators used color tints to distinguish day and night, interiors and exteriors, and different moods like the red filter of “doom”…
,,,or the “reality” of brown.
Unsaturated color was “bleak”, and bright colors were “happy!”
Dimmers are the “key”; they provide control over our personal theater. They can be adjusted low to immediately melt away stress or create romance…
…or turned up high for invigorating energy and inviting focus on the task at hand.
Simply change a colored bulb for a party, or produce a complex and sensuous adventure for a walk through the garden….
Color and lighting are your medium and you are the creator.
*Products for the brave-new-world of mood lighting from Philips:
*Fabulous Emteq /Quasar Mood Lighting System
*Provides both product and education in the broad subject of lighting possibilities.
Image Links and Names
http://www.residential-landscape-lighting-design.com/gallery – Mirror Reflector Panel
1. www.avforums.com – Better Homes and Gardens Lighting Idea
2. www.modmods.com – The Urban Garden
3. www.denoxa.com – Interior Lighting in a Modern Apartment
4. www.sanyartspace.com – Smoon Waterproof Lighting
5. www.furniturefashion.com – Symetrics Modern Bathroom Concepts from Dornbracht
6. www.trendir.com – Kaldewei Bathroom with LED Mood Lighting
7. www.vizaaj.com – Mood Lighting
8. flickr.com – Mood Lighting Inside the Vinyl Bar
10. Dusk in Late July
11. www.mmlkaalmlak.mam9.com – Egyptian Vacation
12. http://www.amillionlives.net/ – Mood Lighting – Setting the Right Mood
13. www.landscapeis.com – Custom Lighting
14. www.lifescapecolorado.com – Mediterranean Landscape