In interior design, we have a lot of power to help make a space or entire building more eco friendly. The choices we make can have a huge impact on air conditioning and electrical output necessary. I’m working on a new project in Colorado, a very eco-friendly state, and to meet building codes in Colorado while attending the effect we want, we’ve turned to using LED lighting.
You can read more about the benefits of switching to LED here, including cost savings which homeowners and business owners both love.
There are plenty of ways you can incorporate LED lighting into your next residential or commercial design or even your own home. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. LED lighting for stairs
Stairs really only have a few ways to make interesting. You can paint, you can use carpet, but if you don’t properly light them, none of that will stand out. Typically, it can be difficult to light staircases which tend to be awkward in design. Overhead is usually your only option. LED allows for much more freedom. Check out this example of staircase lighting using LED. I completely changes the whole look without too much effort and actually improves the safety.
2. LED for bathrooms:
Bathrooms are another tough place to light. Any bathroom remodel can be expensive, but lighting is especially difficult to get right. You don’t want to crowd guests in with too much overhead lighting but there’s limited space elsewhere. I love how this design used LED to make this bathroom not only more inviting but even bigger than it actually is. It makes ceilings look higher. There is no need for overhead chandeliers or lighting fixture elsewhere in this design. The LED has allowed the design to stay super modern and clean. It brings so much freedom!
3. LED for shelves
Another design dilemma is bringing light to dark walls and corners without causing a scene with a lighting fixture or lamp. Using LED in little hidden places like under or behind shelves on a wall expanse will help to bring in some light and an extra detail that really polishes off a design. You can have a really simple design and add some LED lighting to features like this and it adds just enough without having to go overboard with decor and accessories.
4. LED for overhead lighting
Overhead lighting can be one of the most expensive features of a design and, thought its effect is important, it’s sometimes hard to fit it into a design. LED for overhead lighting is more cost effective, brighter often, and can make ceilings look taller wider (something we all want). Take a look at this kitchen example. LED lighting here keeps the design really modern and simple without skipping out on lighting. LED allows for some really fun lighting design which can be the most impactful design element, especially with modern design.
5. LED for wall decor
Finally, you can use LED for even more advanced lighting design for a really professional look. LED lighting can be used to create interesting lighting features directly on walls for both indoor and outdoor designs. Just one small installation can take care of a large expanse of wall. It’s cost effective and can have a great impact without too much effort.
For a few lighting LED based lighting fixtures to make the switch, check out my friends at Ferguson. This project I’m working on it going to be an LED masterpiece I can’t wait to share with y’all! I hope this post was helpful in inspiring something new!