How Lighting Impacts Your Design Choices

May 3, 2018

How Lighting Impacts Your Design Choices


When you start designing your kitchen, you might initially pick out your paint colors, the cabinet style, and even your flooring. Very few people stop to consider the lighting in their room before they make a major design decision. The amount of light you have in a room can dictate what colors you use and how much of them your room can handle. Before you make any decisions, you should know exactly how the light in your room impacts your design choices, including your countertop decision.


Is your room lighter or darker? Find out what that means for the rest of your design choices and how you can change things up.


Darker Rooms


Rooms with very little artificial and natural lighting can make a space feel more intimate and cozy than it would otherwise. You may be able to cultivate a warm and welcoming feel in a room that doesn’t shine so brightly that it feels like an interrogation room. This lighting does lend itself well to a more traditional decorating style.


When you start to choose colors and countertops, keep in mind that it will be more difficult to decorate a dark room. Darker rooms have a much harder time handling dark colors on the walls, floors, and countertops. Even medium shades can appear darker than usual in a room with very little lighting. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you do have to be a little more cautious with how you decorate.  


Kitchens without much light can benefit from bright white cabinets, a white quartz countertop, and stainless-steel fixtures. You should keep an eye out for surfaces that have a lot of natural shine and gloss to them. The blindingly white surfaces can take what little bit of light exists and reflect it to the rest of the room. This makes the room feel much brighter, more open, and more cheerful.


Brighter Rooms


Kitchens with lots of light can be perceived in a number of ways. They can make your room feel more spacious, give you greater visual clarity, or make you feel tense. The variation in emotions often depends on the type and intensity of the lighting. The goal is to have plenty of light to see what is going on around you without making it too intense from overhead. In most spaces, you can accomplish this with some hanging pendant lights and a few windows that allow natural light to filter in.


Brighter rooms make it easy to choose countertops, cabinets, and flooring colors. You can select almost anything, but you may want to consider going with something in a medium shade or a darker color. The contrast can help to absorb some of the light in an overly-bright room. One simple move like this one can make the room feel more grounded and lend it an air of intimacy.

If you’re ready to see what Calgary quartz countertops can do for your home, you need to contact Floform for an in-home consultation today! We can help you to find the ideal quartz for your home, no matter how bright it may be.