Let There Be Light - The Importance of Lighting in Interior Design
February 03, 2023

Let There Be Light - The Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

Let There Be Light - The Importance of Lighting in Interior Design

We can’t help it – we are passionate about good lighting design. We know firsthand how this crucial yet often overlooked design element can transform a space. Lighting affects all aspects of a room, from how the room’s size appears and ambience to how you feel within the room – yes, lighting can influence your mood. But don’t be fooled; there is more to good lighting design than simply choosing a pretty pendant light or lampshade. There are three fundamental elements of lighting design, which, when implemented correctly, can completely transform the aesthetic of your space. 

Read on to learn more.

Three fundamental lighting elements

  1. Ambient lighting: ambient lighting is the essential element providing the lighting foundation and enhancing the space’s sense of warmth and depth. Think of ambient lighting as mood lighting. Use overhead lightings such as recessed lights, chandeliers, and track lights for your ambient lighting. Urban Lighting has extensive experience creating ambient lighting designs. We consider all aspects of design to achieve superior results for your home. Our team of designers uses technical renderings, creativity, and experience to balance the location, intensity, and lighting style to enhance your room.


  1. Task Lighting: as the name suggests, task lighting creates a well-lit and shadow-free environment, allowing you to undertake daily activities in your home. Whether you need bright directional lighting while cooking or reading a book, task lighting ensures your task is fully illuminated. Common types of task lighting include:


  • Desk lamps
  • Ceiling pendants
  • Swing arm lamps
  • Floor lamps
  • Under cabinet lights

While task lighting can be aesthetically pleasing, typically, it isn’t used for decorative purposes but for practicality and functionality, allowing you to complete specific tasks in a well-lit environment.

  1. Accent lighting: Consider accent lighting the extra layer of pizazz in your lighting design. Again, while accent lights may be functional, their primary purpose is to add style and personalise your space. Accent lighting can include anything from under-shelf or cabinet lighting to highlighting artwork. Use accent lighting to draw focus to architectural details, artwork, or other points of interest in your home. 

The Urban Lighting approach to Lighting Design

At Urban Lighting, our team is passionate about delivering exceptional lighting designs for our clients. We combine practical and stylish lighting with innovative control systems. Depending on what you are doing, you can set the perfect mood for cooking, dining, watching TV, or simply relaxing with just the click of a switch.

Start by browsing our extensive range of lighting online, or pop into the Urban Lighting Design showrooms in Annandale and Willoughby, where you can experience the beauty of our contemporary lighting styles.