Kelly Wearstler: The Masterclass on Interior Lighting
Lighting is an essential yet sometimes overlooked element of interior design. When done well, it can define the ambience of an entire space. American designer Kelly Wearstler explores just how you can work with natural light, create a mood with dimmability, choose smarter lighting, and add decorative accents, as well as her latest lighting collection ready to transform your home.
When it comes to reinventing an interior, light isn't always the first thing that comes to mind. However, it's ability to maximise space, create mood and curate comfort are just some of the key factors achieved when designing your space around lighting.
Kelly Wearstler, intrepid interior designer, shares; "When considering lighting, remember that one purpose of light is to guide the eye around a room. This is achieved by placing lighting at low, medium, and high levels as well as bringing in step lights, table lamps, sconces, overhead lights, and art lights. Such variation creates visual interest and enhances the architecture of a space. Many light fixtures are veritable works of art and can be specifically selected to act as such."
However, what are some of the do's and don'ts around lighting, is there a way to use lighting ineffectively? Kelly continues to share some of the faux pas.
"When determining where overhead light will go, be careful to not oversaturate the space." shares Kelly. "Though some spaces beg for overhead lighting, there is not always sufficient electricity available (especially if you are designing a rental)."
Kelly continues; "There are two good ways to work around this. If there’s an existing J-Box or fixture, even a fan, replace it with something that has more than one bulb, which will bring additional light to the space."
"If there are no existing ceiling lights, you can install a fixture with a beautiful swag cord (a decorative extension cord) and connect it to an outlet on the wall, which is one way to incorporate an additional design element into the space."
It seems lighting is just one of the many ways to restore tranquility, create a magnetic ambience and a warm and inviting space, with her latest lighting collection allowing you to do just that.
"When considering lighting, remember that one purpose of light is to guide the eye around a room. This is achieved by placing lighting at low, medium, and high levels as well as bringing in step lights, table lamps, sconces, overhead lights, and art lights. "