Lighting to Define
More than any other single home design element, lighting gives form and shape to space. The way we see the shape of an object depends on the brightness of its specific parts and its shadows distribution. This is means that lighting can manipulate the visual shape of an object. Lighting can make any interior object appear bigger or smaller, sharper, or less defined.
The important thing here is to choose the right angle of the projected light. If a voluminous object is illuminated from all sides, it will appear flat. This is because when the light of the same intensity comes from all sides, objects tend to visually lose volume.
Lighting to Enhance
Balance plays an essential part in the lighting of the home. The best results in a home interior are achieved using a combination of direct lighting and indirect (or reflective) lighting. The combination of these two types of light is essential.
For example, when working on displaying objects such as human statue that has a very define forms, deep relieves, more critical role will play a soft reflected light.
Lighting to Highlight
On the opposite side, if you are displaying a large volume object like a round jar, for example, the intense direct lighting will play a more critical role.
Using lighting fixtures that give direct lighting, it is necessary to avoid unwanted shadows that can change the shape of an illuminated object as well as the shape of the interior in whole.
The inconsistently illuminated surface gives the impression that different parts of it are located on different levels.
Experimenting with lighting fixtures that provide different types of lighting (soft, hard, direct, indirect, uplight, or downlight), you can create a variety of lighting dynamics in your home interior.