Checklist for a well-lit house



Soft or aggressive, the light influences our perception of the house. Brightness, feeling of well-being, saving energy: our seven tips for a bright interior ...

Considered as accessories in the decoration, the luminaires provide well-being at home. Throughout the year, and especially during the fall and winter, it is therefore essential to optimize natural light. As a reinforcement, we can also bring home a beautiful artificial brightness. Lamps, mirrors or colors: there are many tips to create a bright interior.

1. Do you have multiple levels of light in every room of the house?

At home, it's useless to bombard light in all directions. A basic rule is to respect: to have several levels of lighting. "A general light and an accent light are needed, the first lighting must be powerful enough to bring a global light to the entire room, the so-called accent light is brought to specific places," Weena explains. Lemoine, Consumer Product Lighting Product Manager at Philips.

Take the lighting of the kitchen. There, for example, a pendant type ceiling lamp illuminates the entire room. Above the counter top or cooking plates, extra lights make it easier to see the carrots to be cut or the pasta pot to watch. Similarly in the living room, where a floor lamp serves as diffuse lighting in the room and a reading lamp points a specific area to illuminate.

2. Choose luminaires for your activities

Our need for light differs according to the room of the house. The desired lighting is also not the same to read in the bed or get a makeover in front of the ice.
Adapting light to ongoing activities has two advantages. On the one hand, we turn on only the lamps we need. No more lost light and wasted energy. On the other hand, the moment seems more pleasant because the created atmosphere becomes conducive to the current activity. Thus a soft light near the sofa encourages relaxation, a suspension above the table brings a warm side and a rail of spots gives a certain dynamism.

3. Create harmony between your different fixtures

To heal our eye, the brightness of a room must appear homogeneous and limit the shadows. "There's no point in putting a 300-watt fixture on the ceiling to be well lit," insists Weena Lemoine, "and some corners of the room will inevitably be in darkness, which is embarrassing for the eye. contrasts, it exhausts itself, giving a feeling of general fatigue ". For the sake of harmony, multiply the lights, even if each area is lit by a weak light.

Similarly, it is better not to watch television in the dark. The contrast may cause visual discomfort. Hence the invention of light frames around our screens, to diffuse a light in the room without hindering the eye and the eye.

4. In deco, bet on white and light tones

"One often thinks wrongly that a white interior gives an impression of hospital, says Aurélie Hémar, interior decorator.On the contrary, by marrying it with cozy materials, it is very soft". Ideal for capturing light, white is the ally of small spaces or interiors lacking natural light.

On the walls or decorative accessories (plaid, cushions, frames ...), the light tones bring touches of brightness in a room. To break the monotony of white, think of varying the pleasures with its multiple palette of gradations: pure white to linen, through light gray and beige.

5. Low consumption bulb or conventional bulbs?

In a lamp, the bulb determines the degree of brightness, more or less yellow. Today, conventional incandescent bulbs all have a yellow light. Low energy bulbs are associated with a cold white light. Weena Lemoine from Philips sheds light on the subject: "From September 2010, an indication of the temperature of the light scattered will be present on the packaging of energy-saving light bulbs.Expressed in Kelvin (K), this temperature will vary from 2100 K at 6500 K, with a yellow light, like that of lounge-style restaurants or cozy interiors, with a white or bluish light, like that of hypermarkets or hospitals ".

In other words, low energy bulbs should provide the same brightness as incandescent bulbs. The choice of the degree of light and more.

Before determining the color diffused by the bulb, another factor is to take into account: its destination. "The yellow and warm light has a relaxing, relaxing effect, so it is recommended in the bedroom or living room," says Weena Lemoine, "but the cold light is energizing, energizing and ideal in the kitchen or in the bathroom. to make up, for example ... It also gives an impression of seeing better ".

6. Deco: the color in agreement with the light?

With color too, beware of a priori. If yellow tones are bright, it's not always the best choice to bring light to your home. With imposing furniture, the yellow will even weigh down the room and make it dull.

Aurélie Hémar advises playing with color to create volumes. "People are afraid to mix the colors," says Aurélie, also a decorator for the show "Maison à vendre" on M6, who think that by staying on the same hue, they will be sure not to go wrong. By combining the colors, a neutral tone and a sparkling tone for example, the piece will release a feeling of relief and created a certain harmony. And little trick of pro: to preserve natural light, always leave the white wall facing the windows.

7. Four details not to be neglected

Once the fixtures chosen with care, the appropriate colors, remain some decorative details to fine tune ...

- Materials: in terms of light, furniture materials can become an ally. Glass, metal and some contemporary materials are also conducive to dark rooms. Note that a glass brick partition or a stainless steel worktop, are the panacea for spaces lacking light.

- Windows: even if you have little natural light, do not deprive yourself of curtains that bring a little warmth to the atmosphere. Simply prefer light fabrics with heavy, heavy curtains.

- Mirrors: "In the dark rooms, they are there to reflect the natural light and give an impression of space, says Aurélie Hémar.To lengthen the room, it is better to place it in height.A upright, the mirror can pack space ". The pro of the deco also advises to place them face to face, which cancels its effect, and in the entrance, where it reflects the reflection of the guests barely the door passed.

- The candles: besides being a significant source of light, they create a warm atmosphere and invite to the well-being in the house

To know more

Aurélie Hémar, interior designer:
The site of and the part Lighting in the habitat.
The site of the and its Guide of purchase Luminaires, ampoules
The website of the French association of lighting