THE MIGHT OF LIGHT
Architect and Interiors India|October 2021
LIGHTING IS AN INTEGRAL ASPECT OF DÉCOR THAT ELEVATES A SPACE BY ACCENTUATING ITS TEXTURES AND HIGHLIGHTING KEY ELEMENTS.
BINDU GOPAL RAO

Lighting is as fundamental as every unique detail of a given space. Great lighting installations change and transform a space; lights can make a room feel comfortable, welcoming, intense or sharp, while the shadows can accentuate the textures and draw attention to small but key spots.

SPOT ON

Lighting is perhaps one of the most pivotal design elements across all spaces. It helps in creating an inviting, cozy and productive environment. “Some types of lights that can be used to elevate your spaces include accent lighting that adds drama by creating a visual interest; ambient lighting that sets the mood of a space, task lighting that helps you perform specific tasks such as reading and working, and decorative lighting, like an interesting chandelier, in the double-height space to add grandeur to your home,” says Rishad Khergamwala, Director, Developments, MAIA Estates. Pritika Singh, Founder of, MOHH adds, “Lighting in home décor is equivalent to a masterstroke; the right placement can create an impact, add dimension and depth, highlight the most stunning corners, and give a sense of warmth. A strategic choice of lighting can make any room a visual treat by adding a bit of drama with accent lighting or creating a cozy, relaxing space with classic lights.”

BALANCING ACT

With lighting, the interplay of natural and artificial lighting is very important. Rajiv Goyal Architect & Design Consultant, Artlivings Pvt. Ltd. says, “There is nothing like natural light. Today, we must plan intelligently to conserve energy which can easily be done by LED systems. Often, designers overuse sources of artificial lighting in any given space.” Pranjal Agrawal, Founder, Hèrmosa Design Studio, adds, “The use of lighting can add to or subtract from the overall colors of a room, hence it’s imperative that we manage the colour. Decorative lighting is frequently used to highlight the beauty of the chosen design elements.”

FESTIVE MUSINGS

As India enters the much-awaited festive season, lighting will take centerstage once again. Vikas Gandhi, President and Business Head, Lighting Tisva, Premium Fans, and Water Solutions Business, Usha International, says that the living room can be lit up using a classic chandelier, which when switched on, casts beautiful abstract patterns on the walls around it. “On the other hand, a minimalist pendant placed in the dining area will make it look exceptional while also filling the room with enough light to highlight the food. Sleek, decorative lamps can be used for a variety of lighting needs, from the bedroom to the staircases, and nooks and corners in a home and one can choose from ambient lighting or task lighting for the same,” he adds.

Mayur Panbude, Director, Valueco Innovations LLP, Pune adds, “Light, and the color of the light, is an element without which no interior design / décor can be complete. Same as a bride without makeup. Lighting can elevate the ambiance and perception along with the energy levels of the space.”

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