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Contrast with Texture, Color and Lighting

chandeliers in large lobby
Ingo Schaer
Written by Ingo Schaer

There are many design elements that Interior Designers rely on when planning a design scheme for a space, such as texture, color, light and contrast. Each element plays a role in the overall feel and look of a room, but playing around with contrasts can be the most fun as there are many opposites to work with. 

chandeliers in large lobby

Warm Lobby with Color, Contrast and Chandeliers. By:Hilighters Photograpy

Mix and Match Finishes, Textures & Lighting Design Elements

From light to dark, bright to subdued, smooth to textured and even opposite design styles, designers mix and match to create beautiful rooms. Whether the design plan is stylistically simple, traditional, ultra modern or eclectic, it’s the mix of finishes within the style that create the beauty. Each piece and the chosen contrasts when used correctly add a level of sophistication to an empty room. Not only are designers skilled in finding the right mix of contrasts with finishes and styles, they also balance the contrasting uses of a room. 

Our homes are no longer a series of carved out spaces for singular purposes, each room has become multifunctional. It takes a great deal of care to find a cohesive way to meld together the need for entertaining friends with the need for quiet reflection. Each function requires different lighting as well as flexible seating while taking into account the design aesthetic. A room may need a few comfortable couches or elegant accent chairs to work well for the activities of the room. Perhaps a desk with a suitable chair or a game table is needed. Whatever the space requires, suitable pieces are sure to be found. 

Once the question of function has been answered, the next element to consider is the lighting. From the overhead general lighting to the task lighting, each plays a role. The best way for each to fulfill its role is to employ the use of a dimmer. A room with a lot of activity and people requires a brighter level of light, while quiet solitude is best achieved in a dimly lit space. Color temperature plays a role when picking out fixtures too. For example, a warm environment is well suited to a sense cool achieved by a cooler color temperature. A northern climate would call for a warmer temperature to keep the space feeling cozy. Only after the color rendering and temperature has been determined, should the questions of style, material and color be answered.

Keep in mind the various areas that will require fixtures and pair each up with the right furniture. Pair an antique table up with a transitional lamp, or a Lucite table with an ultra modern stainless lamp. After a bit of analysis, you will be able match the right fixture to the right part of the room much like a design pro can.  Should a bit of guidance be wanted, our friendly staff is available to help answer questions. 

About the author

Ingo Schaer

Ingo Schaer

Ingo has been in the lighting business for over 20 years. He regularly blogs about trends and tips in the industry while running one of the most complete contemporary lighting ecommerce sites on the net. Please take a moment to browse his website and feel free to contact Ingo for all your lighting needs.