For centuries, artists, designers, architects and later photographers have always been drawn to the light. The play of light and shadow is often the starting point for an initial design brief or a great shot – where is the light coming from as regards the space? How can we best take advantage of it?
Inspiring and calming at the same time, there is just something about sitting by the light of a window. Be it bright sunshine, overcast or rainy, the atmosphere somehow lifts.
It goes without saying that light is essential to our existence and everyday functioning. Not only to see and to work but the right light and lighting can improve our mood and enhance our surroundings. Particularly in the winter months when sunlight might be in short supply.
Taking advantage of the natural light in your own home or office is the first step to creating an interior that not only functions well and is beautiful, but actually feels really good. Being aware of the play between light and shadow is essential to achieving a harmonious and enjoyable space.
When I first arrived in Germany, I was struck by how often my clients wanted to leave windows bare of any coverings so as to let in as much natural light as possible. “What about privacy?”, I would ask, but that was not really a concern. As the winters in central Europe can be a bit gray and the days short, letting in as much light as possible was a priority.
When planning a space, I always try to find somewhere to place seating in, or by a window. Situating a desk or table at a 90° angle to a natural light source is often the best position to capture the light while avoiding glare.
How to add some more natural light? Hanging a mirror or artwork with a reflective surface across from, or in the vicinity of a window will go a long way to brighten up a dark corner.
Or add a coffee or side table with a glass, polished marble or mirrored surface to your space. Even easier – just place a mirror on any table and watch how the light transforms.
Sitting and working by the light of a huge window, thoughts are allowed to wander sometimes which can be great for creativity. Whether working, reading, writing or just having a cup of tea, let yourself be inspired by the light.