In the mood
How you illuminate the bathroom and kitchen designs you create will have a huge impact on both the look and feel of your customer’s space. Get it right and lighting can bring the room to life, adding character, the right ambiance and that all important wow factor.
But it’s essential to consider the function of the space and the many ways the room might be used. The lighting design should be tailored to the customer’s needs and the solutions should be broken down in to the following key areas – important work stations, such as food preparation and cooking in kitchens and vanity areas in bathrooms, mood/ambient for the more relaxed spaces, such as dining or bathing, and accent.
Layers of light
A successfully designed room needs a mix of these three basic types of lighting – ambient, task and accent. By layering these three types of lighting in your designs you will create a perfectly lit space.
The goal of ambient lighting is to provide even, overall light to a room and includes natural light through windows and doors. This is most often accomplished with recessed lighting. Wall-mounted lighting like a sconce also provides ambient lighting.
Always include dimmers with ambient lighting! This way your customers can adjust the lighting level based on the time of day or mood they’d like to create. You can have multiple circuits in a room so they can dim some lights while keeping others brighter.
Task lighting is important when performing specific tasks such as food prep, cooking or getting ready in the bathroom.
In the kitchen, use pendant and under cabinet lighting to illuminate cooking and food prep areas. Pendants at different lengths give a broader and more layered lighting effect.
Task lighting for a bathroom include bath bars and sconces. For a contemporary look consider adding a pendant light, it’s becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms.
Accent lighting brings added visual interest to a room by creating different focal points and is another important element of lighting design.
Accent lighting highlights specific objects like cabinets, shelves and pictures. It can also be used to highlight a textured wall, or other architectural features.
Classic track lighting and picture lights are often used to provide accent lighting.
Adding task, accent and mood lights to a design needn’t be a complicated matter.
In the past, for many cases, providing lighting as part of a kitchen or bathroom plan hasn’t been worthwhile for retailers and designers. But now CAD software such as 2020 Fusion eliminates the complexity of adding task, accent and mood lighting. Designers can quickly and easily show realistic lighting in 3D views to their customers for existing designs or Panorama and 3D views for new designs.
2020 Fusion enables designers to add innovative, creative, yet energy efficient and cost-effective lighting. Energy saving LED lights, the hottest trend in lighting today, can be added over or under wall cabinets, inside wall cabinets or on kickboards with just a few clicks of the mouse, creating a more realistic and visually stunning design.
Plus with 1000’s of products to choose from in both the universal lighting catalogue and the catalogues from leading lighting brands such as Edge, Sensio, Task, Tresco and Legrand you are not only improving your designs you are also specifying the requirements.
Other key elements that improve the overall design include being able to change the angle and direction of the sun to change the mood of the room and add realistic shadows from window blinds and carefully placed room decoration such as a plant or egg basket. Customers get very excited when they see shadows.
It is also a great idea to include strategically placed bottles of white wine on the counter as the sunlight looks great passing through the bottles!
And, once the customer is happy with their design and has been wowed by their lighting design, a complete quote can be printed including a lighting placement and wiring plan and a complete bill of materials.
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