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How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Home transformation: your guide on how to layer vintage lighting

Lighting is the unsung hero of interior design. No matter how well you’ve organised your floor plan, how carefully you’ve curated your home collection and decorating touches, without a proper understanding of home lighting design, the results will remain flat. Layering the light is key to well-designed home, yet it is most often overlooked by design enthusiasts. 

Luckily, there is an easy fix that will bring your home from bleak to chic in no time! 

Follow along as we are about to teach you to understand interior lighting and help you come up with a plan on how to make the most of it.

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How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Brass And Opaline Pineapple Leaf Table Lamp 1960s

How to layer lighting with Vinterior

1of2 Midcentury Metal Table Desk Lamp By Angelo Lelli, Arredoluce Italy 1960s, Collectible Lamp, Rare Lamp

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Yellow And White Ceramic Italian Space Age Table Lamp, 1960s

Think of light as any other aspect of interior design – in layers. Mastering the lighting scheme means coming up with a plan that fulfills your lifestyle needs, but also creates the overall mood and leads the eye to the focal points you selected for the space. It comes in three different layers: ambient, task and accent, and all of them play an equally important role in creating a balanced look.

Outlined below is a detailed guide on how to layer interior lighting like a pro!

Ambient lighting

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How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Small Sputnik Chandelier By Kamenický Šenov, 1960s

How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Vintage Metal & Acrylic Chandelier By Josef Hurka For Napako, 1960s

Ambient light, or the general light, provides overall illumination for the room. It diffuses just enough brightness for us to see and walk about safely and is considered as a basis for the other two lighting layers to shine. It appears almost like it has no visible source and plays a significant role in how we experience the space.

Natural light coming from the windows is ambient light. The intentional use of sunlight in interior design makes all the difference in terms of human well-being and energy efficiency, and as such, it should never be overlooked. Even the most refined artificial lighting can’t make up for the lack of sunlight, so be sure to first enhance the natural light as much as you possibly can before tackling the entire lighting scheme. 

If you are embarking on a major renovation project, consider adding a floor to ceiling windows or a skylight. For minor modifications, even the mirror placed to bounce the light back into the room will do just fine.

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Midcentury Veneer Pendant In Style Hans Agne Jakobsson

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Gilt Toleware Rose Chandelier Vintage Floral Ceiling Light Fitting

Artificial ambient lighting is used to make up for the lack of daylight and comes in many forms from chandeliers, recessed ceiling lights, ceiling fans, wall sconces, to track lights, but just about any lighting fixture can be used as ambient lighting.

Choosing a solid source of ambient light is a cornerstone of a good lighting plan. Most homeowners have no problems tackling this step, but too many stop there and never enjoy the perks of a well-balanced space.

Task lighting

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How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Brass Wall Lamp/Bedroom Lamp “Candela” Mod. 1401 By Per Sundstedt For Kostalampan. Sweden 1960s

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Italian Brass , Bordeaux And Cream Table Lamp , 1950s

Task lighting is the second layer of lighting in an interior design scheme. Its role is to provide a direct source of light towards an area of interest. It is used to increase illuminance in order to help us perform specific tasks that require extra visual attention, such as reading, studying, cooking, cleaning, grooming, or putting on makeup. It not only boosts brightness on a specific object but it also increases contrast on the details, so we can see the small object more clearly.

When coming up with the task lighting scheme, consider the room and the way you use it. There is no one size fits it all formula here as each space will require a slightly different approach. 

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How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Pair Of Brass Shell Lamps

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Mid Century Pendant Meblo, Designed By Harvey Guzzini, 1970s

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Wall Lamp

The kitchen will most likely benefit from pendant lights over the island unit and under counter lights to empower the food preparation process. The reading corner wouldn’t be complete without a quality table lamp or a floor lamp. The dining area sure needs a good ceiling-mounted recessed lighting source, while the bathroom cannot be imagined without an adequate task lighting above the bathroom vanity.

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Tubular Bauhaus Floor Lamp By Tibor Újházi For Hungarian Arts And Crafts Company, 1970s

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Italian Arc Floor Lamp With White Carrera Marble Base

Extra tip: To minimise glare and control the shadows, always calculate the distance from the lighting source.

Accent lighting 

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Pair Of Uchiwa Wall Sconces By Ingo Maurer, Germany, 1973

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Large Brass & Copper Wall Light By Daniel D’haeseleer, Belgium, 1970s

The third lighting layer is the most fun of them all, and yet again most often neglected. This is where the interior styling magic resides and where you can dream up the most pleasing versions of your home.

Accent lighting is the most responsible for the overall mood and the atmosphere. It influences the way we perceive the space and how we are going to feel in it. It can be used to highlight the remarkable architectural features, eye-candy objects, or beloved pieces of art while keeping not-so-pleasing elements far away from our sight. 

We told you – it’s magic!

Some examples of accent lighting include wall scones, chandeliers with dimmer switches, statement lamps, candlelight, picture lights, directed tracks or recessed lights, uplights, and niche lighting.

The rule less is more applies here, so don’t overdo it. A single accent light speaks louder than an array of randomly scattered lamps. If you are in for some drama and visual excitement – go gentle and strategic. Illuminate that favourite painting of yours, or add a sensual statement lamp on the sideboard in your lounge area.

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Vintage Fairground Lights Mid Century Carnival/Circus Lighting

How to layer lighting with Vinterior

Memphis Style Desk Lamp By Kyoshi Tanaka 1980s

You’ve probably noticed that some types of lighting sources stretch through different categories (such as chandeliers, wall sconces, and recessed lighting). It’s not a mistake. While there is no single lighting source that provides everything you need, depending on the way you use it, the same fixture style can easily fit all three categories of lighting. This allows for flexibility in design and helps those with a creative edge to explore their wildest hints – such as using a chandelier in the bathroom or the kitchen.

Remember, good lighting is felt, not seen. 

If you love how your home looks and feels, and you can perform everyday tasks with ease, you’ve got it right. 

Discover the Vinterior collection of vintage lighting here. 

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