Are you undecided about how to light up your home and don’t know where to start?
Do you want to know what types of interior lighting exist and which ones are right for you?
Don’t worry, whether it’s setting up the lighting for a modern house, an apartment or a villa, our team of experts is able to offer ad hoc projects and solutions for any type of environment.
Reading this article will solve all your doubts, and this will allow you to obtain original and refined lighting, such as to make your guests envious.
How to light up a modern home
New ideas are constantly circulating to illuminate a modern home, new trends that revolve around historical cornerstones, which, on the other hand, never go out of fashion.
Before choosing the products you like best, I suggest you keep these tips in mind:
Set up the furniture first
The first point to take into consideration is to set up all the furnishings in the house and only then go and enhance it with correct lighting, because however beautiful and functional interior design may be, only through adequate lighting will it be possible to really enhance all the work done.
Choose the right color temperature of the light
Secondly, keep in mind that the style of your interior design will allow you to adjust the choice of Kelvin (the unit of measurement for the temperature of light).
Usually for the lighting of a modern house, LED bulbs are chosen with a range that goes from 2700 K to 3000 K, because it is warm, therefore more flattering and pleasant for the eyes, but not too yellow. The more you grow with Kelvin, up to a maximum of 6500 K, the colder the light becomes.
Consider the functionality of the environment
Finally, keep in mind that the choice of lighting for a modern apartment, or for a single house, must always be weighed according to the functionality of the room to be illuminated, in fact, you’ll find later that you need different lighting needs in a kitchen than in a living room.
Once you have defined these factors and considered the dimensions of your space, you can start choosing the type of lighting that best suits you.
Where to place the lights
Once you understand the functionality of the room to be illuminated, and therefore you have chosen the light source, you will have to understand where to place these lights to get the best lighting for the modern home.
To understand how to arrange the light points in a modern home, it is essential to consider the size of the room to be illuminated.
If, for example, the appliques must be installed on the wall having their center between 168 cm and 183 cm from the floor, in almost all rooms of the house, the same cannot be said for a chandelier or a suspension.
This is because a chandelier for a high ceiling, such as there may be in a living room, will have to be hung with much more chain than the one that can be hung in a modern kitchen or in smaller rooms.
The important thing is that, if you have to walk underneath, the bottom of the chandelier is no lower than 2.13m from the floor, so that no one can accidentally bump into it.
The suspensions are a great solution for modern home lighting, especially when it comes to small rooms such as the kitchen, as having to be hung about 76-91 cm above the table, so as not to obstruct anyone’s view, they are able to take up little space leaving more air in the room.
Chandeliers for high ceilings, which one to choose?
Many of you may be wondering, should I light rooms with high ceilings differently from others?
The answer is yes, you will definitely need more lumens, generally I recommend 5% more, for those rooms with ceiling heights of 3.3 meters or more, and you will need to choose exclusive chandeliers for high ceilings, i.e. impressive models with a height of at least 120 cm.
Here are 4 proposals for chandeliers for high ceilings that could be right for you:
GRAN CANAL DELUXE
The Gran Canal Deluxe chandelier is the most modern and elegant version of the Venetian classics. The peculiarity of the chandelier is that it is made up of two levels and this makes it ideal for higher rooms. Characterized by numerous processes, its leaves and flowers full of details are finely crafted by our Murano glass masters, like every single arm of the chandelier which is enriched with pendants. The cups recall the opening of a flower and together with the vertical leaves they express a reference to the elegance of nature. All processes are obtained by shaping the molten crystal, still in fusion, with powders of precious minerals which characterize its red colour.
An excellent spiral design of refined quadrihedral glass composes the Valzer chandelier. The quadrihedral glasses are characterized by their splendid inclined cut, and slender upwards, managing to seduce and embellish any environment. With over 80 precious quadrihedral glass in Murano crystal, the Valzer is synonymous with luxury, the spiral shape easily adapts to both classic and modern styles, and given the large dimensions of this model, it is recommended for large rooms with high ceilings . Available in crystal and in light blue, smoked, pink and multicolor colours.
The colors that characterize the Cigno Nero Rezzonico Murano crystal chandelier create a wonderful interweaving between the black crystal and the various transparent details, which embellish the black of the structure. The arms, as per the Murano tradition, are made in several segments all worked rigadin, the cups and flowers have sweet and delicate shapes, typical of the Venetian style. The imposing dimensions make this chandelier the protagonist of a living room or a luxury living room, since thanks to its design it soars upwards with its three arches. Thanks to the black color, a symbol of elegance, it also goes very well in modern villas. Product customizable by number of lights and colors.
The Jardin Enchanté model is characterized by a classic style, surprising for the details of the leaves and flowers entirely handmade according to the ancient Murano tradition. The dominant color is 24k gold which, combined with the transparency of the crystal, gives the chandelier an almost Baroque style, brought back to the ancient noble houses. The Ballotton workmanship of the cups that contain the lights gives movement to the entire structure, also implemented by the pendants that descend from the arms of the chandelier, where they find their place as if they were golden rings. Possibility of customization by choosing the number of lights on the double stage, available in the 6+3, 8+4, 10+5, 12+6 versions.
Modern lighting of a villa: between living room, kitchen and bedrooms
As I said before, to have impeccable lighting for a modern home, you will first need to understand what activities you are going to perform in each room and the type of furniture expected.
Below you will find various ideas to illuminate a house, divided into its main rooms…
Modern living room lighting
The living room is one of the most important rooms in the house and as such it is important to enhance its lighting to reproduce a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere, capable of adapting to any style choice.
The ideal lighting of the living room requires following some style rules in order not to create false notes: the light must be modulated and well balanced and it is also important to use more light points that integrate harmoniously with the rest of the furniture.
You will definitely want some ambient lighting, like a large chandelier, or a series of recessed spotlights, but also some task lighting, therefore an excellent choice for the living room would be table lamps with lampshades, perhaps associated with a floor lamp placed on the sides of the sofa.
If you want to learn more about the lighting of a modern living room, we have made this guide which we invite you to take a look at.
Modern kitchen lighting
The kitchen is undoubtedly the beating heart of the home and thanks to the furnishings that have become increasingly modern and functional over the years, it represents a welcoming and livable environment that focuses on practicality without sacrificing design.
The ideal lighting for a modern kitchen varies depending on whether it is a kitchen island or a traditional kitchen with a single worktable.
In the event that you have an island kitchen, as is increasingly common, modern suspensions chandeliers are among the most popular lighting accessories: in fact, they manage to perfectly illuminate the environment during the preparation and consumption of meals.
If, on the other hand, your kitchen does not have an island, but a single long worktop and a separate table, I recommend using a main light source such as a chandelier or a suspension above the table and using lights such as recessed can lights or some LED strips to have dedicated lighting for the worktop.
Modern bedroom lighting
The bedroom is probably the most personal room in the whole house, there are thousands of different types of rooms, but let’s see what the basic rules are to illuminate it in the best possible way.
The ideal lighting for a modern bedroom must provide not excessive light, being the place used for rest or reading.
For this reason, modern abat jours are perfect lamps for the bedroom: in addition to performing the lighting function, they represent valid allies for following the latest home decor trends.
Their purpose is to allow you to move freely in the dark without the risk of bumping into furniture or disturbing sleepers. They are also perfect for those who love to read in bed, watch TV or if you want to create a relaxing atmosphere with a soft light.
On the other hand, the use of recessed can lights or a ceiling light or wall light throughout the room is widespread as ambient light.
The latest design trends also report the use of LED strips under the profile of the bed, so as to obtain a dim light but with a great scenic impact, which perfectly matches the table lamps.
Modern bathroom lighting
The light for this type of environment is functional since it is the place where you take care of your body, and it is advisable that there is a bright light especially near the mirror.
The ideal lighting for a modern bathroom involves the use of a ceiling light that provides light from above to fill in the shadows, and from appliques or suspensions on the sides of the mirror, which allow you to carry out skin care activities with greater care.
Murano glass suspensions lamps for the modern bathroom are the ideal choice if you want to obtain a more uniform and wide-ranging diffusion: the transparent material manages to create a diffused and brilliant light.
Instead, the choice of modern appliques in a bathroom is undoubtedly the perfect compromise between aesthetics and functionality, being characterized by a clean design with perfect geometric lines, they adapt best to a minimal decor.
How to light up a walk-in closet
Nowadays, the walk-in closet has become one of the favorite environments in the homes of those who own it, and the desire of those who don’t. But we can dispel the myth that to have a walk-in closet you need a large room used only for that function…
In fact, walk-in closets are increasingly frequent even in small modern apartments, since there are various types and sizes of these “open-air wardrobes”, they can therefore be adapted to any type of environment.
So let’s take a look at how to best illuminate it!
The ideal lighting for a walk-in closet involves the use of recessed can lights, or for the most sophisticated walk-in closets, the use of a suspension combined with the chest of drawers, shelves and wardrobe doors is frequent.
Then, to ensure both a beautiful scenic effect and to avoid casting a shadow on yourself when you go to choose the clothes to wear, it is recommended to use LED strips for all the visible compartments of the walk-in closet.
And here we are at the end of this article, I hope I have been of some help to you and have resolved some doubts about which devices to adopt and how to arrange them to obtain the best possible lighting for a modern home.
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