Lighting affects mood and senses, and each color has a symbolism and the choice of light depends on the function of the place. Yellow is for relaxation and white for focus and productivity
Hala Al-Khatib – Beirut2/25/2021
Some people underestimate the issue of lighting in the home, without paying attention to its impact on mental health and concentration. Lighting is the soul of the home, its mood and its identity, and its choice must be subject to its practical functions, so that the benefits from it are healthy and healthy.
Interior decorator, Soraya Saeed, told Mealsam Net that lighting is very important to the body, and its biological clock interacts with light, and “the more we balance with this rhythm, the better our health remains and we recover well, the better focus, as well as the energy level.”
With the change of seasons, the length of the day changes, so it shortens in the winter and requires – according to Soraya – compensation with internal light, and improving its quality to maintain the balance of the biological clock in our bodies.
She says that a balance should be struck between the elements of nature and the elements of life in the home; Therefore, the light energy is very important, and the lighting must be balanced in the home, so we can illuminate the dark place, and reduce the bright light strongly, taking into account the function of each place.
She points to two basic types of lighting: warm, which are colors that are associated with intimacy, calm, relaxation and comfort. And cold lighting suitable for everything related to focus, attention and task.
Each room has lighting
The lighting in the bedrooms is warm, soft and light, because this place is like entering a shelter to feel comfortable and safe, and the engineer, Soraya, points out that attention should be paid to the materials used in the furnishings, where metals are not overwhelming and radiant, and the type of fabric absorbs colors and does not reflect them.
Unlike the kitchen, which contains the element of fire, and the movement that takes place in it needs cold lighting.
In the living room, the lighting is warm “because we spend intimate time with the family in it, and the dining room may be a mixture of the two.”
Thuraya adds that in biophilic design (using nature in design) there are studies that say that our bodies harmonize with nature’s approach to give our bodies the opportunity to form in the best way. Also, the intensity of the light gradually strengthens and reaches its maximum at noon, so we must balance the light of the house with the outside, increasing its intensity or diminishing it according to the times of the day, as well as according to the seasons. When the day gets shorter, you must increase the light to keep your focus on work or study.
Direct or hidden
Soraya prefers that the light not be directed in general, and be indirect in the living room, and if the corridor of the house is long and dark without windows, we put “spots” (small, direct, circular lighting placed in the ceiling), and in bedrooms, fabric covered lamps are used to be the light. Smoother.
And in places that need focus, cold or white light is used, and it is best not to be direct – in her opinion – because the increase in light and its glow causes nervousness, tension and lack of focus.
She explains that work these days is mostly from home, and because of the direct and daily exposure to artificial light in front of us, we must pay more attention and put a protective screen, taking a time out every period, to look at nature and plants to give the mind opportunities to rest as well.
The park and the entrance
And outside, engineer Soraya Saeed prefers to reduce the glare of the sun through the trees, to be between light and shadows Because strong light is also tired.
And at night, it is better to have lighting around the house; It is said to signal energy to the home. And that the lighting is soft, and you add that green ones increase the energy of plants. As for the entrance, it must be kept lit in a balanced way, because it is the mouth of the house and the energy entrance to it.
Colorful lighting plays a role in influencing mood and the senses, and tells Soraya that there is a light energy treatment, and each color has a specific symbolism. White is for purity of thinking, purple for intuition, blue for expression, green and pink for self-love, yellow for creativity, orange for movement, and red for passion. These colors are used according to each person’s need for these items.
She recommends setting out the bedroom by lighting a candle, a salt lamp, or anything comforting. She adds that some prefer not to turn off the light completely during sleep, and “we have to act according to what our body tells us without ignoring the light and its importance and great influence on us.”
A need, not an option
For her part, interior designer Pascal Harb believes that lighting plays an important role in design and mental health, and divides it into yellow and white light, and what is in between.
She says it is not an option, but a need and a reflection. White is cool and yellow is warm. And places that need warm light cannot be substituted for cold. Like children’s rooms that need a feeling, we can not put them in a vacuum.
In laboratories, classrooms and hospitals, the warm light causes drowsiness and fugue, so the medium and cold are applied to create activity and focus.
Space and other colors
Many considerations are taken to know the amount of light we need, including the area of \ u200b \ u200bthe place, as too much or too little lighting disturbs eyesight.
Pascal says the color of the walls affects the light we need, so does the floor, and if the fabrics used absorb or reflect the light. White walls, for example, reflect 100% light. The increase in light dazzles the eyes and causes pain in the head, as it fades the colors of the furniture and furnishings. It takes into account the presence of wood and metal, the shine of the tiles and the materials used.
Dividing the place with light
The light comes from several sources in the house, according to Pascal, from direct, side and hanging lighting from the ceiling and lamps, and each has its function, role and method of distribution, for sitting, reading, watching TV, food and receiving guests, including for aesthetics.
She says that lighting plays a role in dividing the place, on the stairs or the threshold or indicating the way. At home, instead of placing a partition between the living room and the dining room, for example, lighting can show their limits.
In the entrance to the house – as Pascal says – we need lighting that touches the ground, and in the dining room we light the table even if the place is lit, and the living room needs adequate and equal lighting regardless of its sources. In bedrooms, it is better to be around the bed, not above it. In the bathroom, it is preferable not to place the lighting over the bathtub. As for the lighting above the mirror, it must be balanced on both sides to avoid shadows.
And Pascal concludes that we must take care of safety first, then mental health, then need, then aesthetic.