Designing with Light - Platinum Series Homes by Mark Molthan

Designing with Light

Far too often lighting in the home is an afterthought.

Architects take great pains to ensure that their floor plans encourage flow. Builders tirelessly endeavor to construct their homes to the highest of standards. Interior designers tie the rooms together and give the home the personality of its owner. When it comes to lighting, however, a more utilitarian approach is often taken.

Intentional lighting elevates all aspects of a home. It can add depth, soften shadows, illuminate work spaces, or turn a painting on the wall into the focal center point of the room.

The kitchen, while being one of the most frequently used rooms in the house, is one of the worst offenders of archaic lighting design.

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Traditional lighting of the kitchen involves a large, singular light source, centrally positioned in the room. This method simply aims to throw a large amount of light into all corners of the room. While this may at first seem a logical and effective method of illumination for a room which requires the use of so many dangerous objects, it is in fact counter-productive. Centralized lighting schemes create harsher shadows, and in the kitchen it is always best to soften shadows as much as possible to maximize clarity for preparing and eating food.

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While there is no universally correct way to light a room, there are a few rules of classification that help to identify the end goal of the illumination of the space.

-Task lighting: Light intended to increase visibility when working and therefore increase efficiency

-Ambient: Ambient light is designed to increase overall luminosity in the room. Its most prominent effect is to soften shadows on faces, creating a more intimate environment.

-Accent: Accent light is used to make specific elements pop in comparison to other objects in the room.

-Decorative: Light that is intended to draw attention to itself as well as illuminate. Chandeliers, candles, and lanterns are some of the most common examples of decorative lighting.

Platinum Series designers understand that lighting isn’t simply a way to see what is in a room – it is a powerful design element that ties every aspect of the home together.

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