There are basic rules while choosing the best light for small apartments. If this task seems to you too simple (you have hung a chandelier in the middle of the ceiling – and this is the end of it), then you are deeply mistaken. In confined spaces, lighting is a big problem. With a lack of light, a small room resembles a cave, and with an excess of light, the inhabitants will feel uncomfortable, as under a spotlight. These simple rules will help efficiently organize the lighting of small rooms, without sacrificing comfort and convenience.
A single lamp or floor lamp creates tall shades that are sure not to add comfort to the room (it will also scare away particularly poignant shades in the evening). Use 2, or even better 3, light sources in different corners of the room to illuminate all corners of the room and create a feeling of open and friendly space. The best option is a combination of the main lamp in the center of the ceiling, a lamp near the bed and an additional source – a sconce or floor lamp, located diagonally from a bedside lamp. This placement of fixtures will ensure uniform coverage of all corners of the room.
This is a must-have in a small room, especially with low natural lighting. A large mirror opposite the window reflects both natural and artificial light from the center lamp, adding to the suites in the room.
Lux (lx) is the SI unit for measuring surface illumination. 1 lux equals to illuminating a square meter of space with a luminous flux of 1 lumen. The comfortable lighting level for a small room according to SanPiN is 150 lux. All light sources, including reflective surfaces, are taken into account. You can measure the level of illumination with a special device – a pressure gauge.
A large lamp with a solid opaque lampshade in a small apartment will not look very good, but modern eco-style or high-tech lamps, with perforated or perforated elements, are a completely different matter. Firstly, they diffuse the light better, and secondly, they visually make the room more spacious. In extreme cases, choose lamps of solid, translucent shades.
A lamp that can be turned in any direction is a real godsend for a small room. In stores you can find very nice ceiling lights and floor lamps on convenient swivel brackets. It can be easily adjusted to illuminate the desired area.
Dark wallpaper in small apartments is a complete failure in terms of lighting. It is known from the school that dark colors absorb light. Therefore, if you do not have the goal of turning your small room into a dark den, then choose light colors for decorating the walls and ceiling. If you want the maximum reflective effect, use glossy wallpaper or paint.
A common design mistake in small rooms is that the owners use multi-layered window decor, which, in their opinion, looks “too expensive and rich”. But heavy curtains and miles of tulle curtains absorb natural light. Even on a bright day, the room is half dark, hiding the luxury of the interior, in which they tried so hard. Therefore, there should not be any multi-layered decor. Light lace curtains or beautifully patterned curtains look no less attractive without taking the precious wings.
The sites of famous designers and Instagram will help you understand all the subtleties of lighting in any room, including small ones. After all, as they say, it’s better to see once than to read a hundred times.
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