Incorporate ‘lighting layers’
In lighting design, we have a term called ‘lighting layers’—in other words, decorating a room with multiple sources of light to create a different illumination. When you decorate a room using lighting layers, you work with the basic ambient light, zones with more direct and functional light, and supplemental spot lighting.
The basic ambient light engulfs the whole room. It comes from windows, lit walls that reflect light, or lamps that shine in all directions through a shielded light source.
Zones with more direct and functional light are larger surfaces and areas that are better lit than the rest of the room. It’s a good idea to have these zones over kitchen counters, dining tables, and reading corners.
Supplemental spot lighting comes into play when you place small sources of light in dark areas. This could be a small table lamp on a shelving system, candles on the windowsill, or a single pendant with a visible light source in a corner.
When we use all three kinds of lighting in the same room, it stimulates us positively. To help clarify the use of lighting layers in interior design, we’ve outlined some examples below.