Residential lighting requires significant coordination with the
architect and/or interior designer on the project. Many of the lighting fixtures
must be both decorative as well as functional. The owner is always very involved
in the decision making process. Lighting is an expression of the owner's desires
for a space. The architect, interior designer and lighting designer help the
owner to fulfill this vision.
In small spaces, local lighting controls are adequate
for most homeowners. Larger homes and larger spaces, however, require more versatile
luminaires and controls.
Many of the areas in a home will serve a number of different
venues and all of them must be accommodated with the appropriate amount of care.
For instance, a kitchen will have cooking, casual dining and possibly entertaining
all in the same space. Each venue will require a different lighting effect to
produce the desired results in the space. Similarly, a dining area can accommodate
both formal and casual lighting dining functions.
A layered lighting system coupled
with the appropriate controls can make any space versatile and functional in
a number of situations.
Click the images at the left for a larger view and a detailed description
of how lighting was used to complement and enhance the room design in a private
For more photos of this private residence project, select "View Project Photos" under "Country Manor" at www.theblindside.com/interior-design-portfolio.php.