A few quick, simple lighting tricks to transform your space.
1. Introduce Natural Light In
The benefits of natural light are well documented. In a city like Hong Kong, where the majority of population are living in tiny flats, natural light is all the more important. Try installing a large mirror by the window to further emit the outdoor light into the house. Opt for high-gloss light-colored paint to diffuse natural light into every nook and corner. The tulle curtain not only protects your privacy, but also diffuses the natural light, bringing in swathes of pleasing beam. By the same token, floors that can reflect off light are also ideal.
2. Magnify Your Small Rooms
Our perception of large and small spaces is heavily influenced by the distribution of light. It's crucial to strategically incorporat lamps in different corners of your home to bring attention to the small spaces that are often overlooked. While small lamps can be scattered among the home, put a floor lamp in the corner. Install LED lights in the dark corners of the storage shelves and wall cabinets, and dim your night lights to create a natural and relaxing ambience.
3. Extend the Ceiling Height
A luxurious home isn't merely about marble and scintillating decor. By raising the floor-to-ceiling height, you can also carve out a grand and cosy atmosphere. To pull the visual focus upward, opt for chandeliers in transparent and simplistic designs, but care not to block out too much of the eyesight. This way you can maximise the sense of space.
4. Introduce Warm Elements
Humans have been seeking a sense of respite to live, work and play since time immemorial. Try putting some candles to avoid direct lighting, or adding beautiful lampshades to your lamps to filter out the blinding lights and soften the lighting effect.
5. Make Use of Shade and Temperature
The color of light can completely shift the visual temperature. This is a technique commonly used by designers, filmmakers and psychologists to change the space and shooting atmosphere. Blue and white light is most similar to sunlight and can effectively improve your alertness, while warm yellow light inject a warmth accent. In addition to dimmable lighting, adding stylish lampshades to the existing lamps can also do the trick.