PUBLISHED Aug. 18, 2020
There are numerous people around the world who live in small spaces or apartments and sometimes it can get disproportional to the scale of human movement. In order to make your home spaces more appealing and increase the perception of their size, there is are a number of ways you can this with the lighting. From our architects studio in Bali, here are some top tips giving away advice on how you can use light to make small spaces look bigger.
Light colors and most preferably white color reflects light far better than any other shade. It is better to use light colors for walls and ceilings as they would give optimum results from the light sources surrounding them. However add some strong colour elements to the furthest wall to create depth.
Mirrors have always been used as a tool to give an illusion of a bigger space. In combination with good lighting, it can work miracles. They can be attached to solid surfaces such as an empty wall or the door, facing the window – this would reflect light in the entire living space, making the place much more vibrant and bigger.
Nothing works better than the natural light of the sun or the stars. That is why windows are a very significant element in the house. Floor to ceiling windows if possible to insert or design into your home will massively open up and connect your space to the expansiveness of the outside. More so, it is best to not obstruct the path of light through any solid object such as screens etc. Instead, the curtains should also be chosen very carefully – as light as possible to light up the living space.
Vertical lighting paths would derive the attention of the viewer from the narrow width up to its height. Thus space wouldn’t feel small. Downward lighting could give your house quite the opposite effect, so be careful!
Backlighting gives the sense of extra depth in the house despite only eliminating darkness behind the furniture. Also, it looks very elegant. These backlighting strips can be used behind the bed headboard, mirrors, TV screens or room separators.
Dark corners can also be found below kitchen cabinets or bookshelves. LED light strips can be used to overcome the darkness and artistically illuminate the shelves and the closet.
Instead of using just one light source such as a big tube light can be very boring. Instead, you could use multiple sources to illuminate the whole space – leaving no dark corners!