The challenge of lighting and toddlers!
One of my most recent projects included working with a family with a toddler. When discussing the different designs one thing that caught my attention and really taught me something about functionality is that regardless how much you love a design, sometimes it is just not functional enough for you and your family and unfortunately ends up in the “no” pile. This was especially the case in this project where lighting fixtures were a tough challenge. Toddlers love to pull themselves up on objects, rattle anything in front of them and crawl through things.
The home was very dark and was in desperate need of light. combining the toddler challenge and the bad natural light source of this home made my job even more of a challenge. At first I felt very frustrated and let down. After re-thinking my design concept I decided that we would work with integrate lighting.
Lighting holds such a great importance in the design process and solutions always have to be found in order to integrate the needed lights to create great design concepts. The only way to realize the full potential of a project is to offer creative and functional lighting solutions.
For the specific client mentioned above the integrated lighting concept involved putting lighting in an old fireplace which is not in use, integrating lights in bookshelves, TV walls, sideboards and more. This way we were able to distribute the light sources and give the home a great atmosphere.
When creating a lighting concept it is important to consider size, installation requirements, material and placement location.
The way I choose to go about interior design light concepts is to first assess natural light and use as much of it as possible. Knowing the goals and requirements of the space you are designing can serve as a guide to developing good lighting concept. As it is with accessories and textures, with lighting sources it is important to create different layers. Watts, color rendering and color temperature are always a key factor when layering.