‘Light’ is the end of the line

It appears this is the end of the line for me and Design Sherpa’s “What Inspires You” contest. I was not selected as one of the top 10 to move on to phase 3 of the competition. That being said, here’s my last (and final) submission. Instructions were to write a 350 word essay on any interior design topic.

My topic? Light.

Light. It’s one of the most powerful and expansive forces in the world. Life is sustained by it and our world is defined by it. Light has no mass yet it dictates dimension wherever it goes. Too much can scorch and too little can starve.  Without it, our world is boundless. A colorless abyss of obscurity and omission. Space and shapes are left undefined, expressions and emotions are left unknown.

Whether a flame, a bulb, or a distant star this visual kinetic force is the lens in which everything we know is perceived and brought to life. Brilliant, dull, warm, cool, natural, artificial. Light is character-defining. It’s the narrator of every interior story and is the painter of every architectural canvas.

I believe that lighting is the single most important component when it comes to creating spectacular spaces. It defines space just as much as walls and windows or furniture and fixtures. Directing and controlling light is a critical task for every homeowner and business owner alike looking to create a dynamic interior experience.

Deciding the ambiance you want a space to have is paramount. A single spot light can make a dark interrogation room feel intimidating or make the details of a museum sculpture look dramatic and imposing. Although color and texture also personify space, a bright light can transform an average red into a vibrant, fierce object of intensified expression.

Determining your focal point as either the object enhanced by light or the light itself is also important. A small, recessed fixture in a hallway highlighting vivid artwork can define an interior scheme just as much as an exquisite pendant fixture suspended over a dining table.

In order for light to be impactful, correct lighting placement is also imperative. Light intensity, color saturation, and shadow definition are directly related to spatial distance. The right light in the wrong place can have detrimental effects.

Although working with light and lighting products can be challenging, the benefit of harnessing light’s power is well worth the time and effort required to make a space truly shine.

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