I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – proper lighting can make a huge difference in a room of any size. Designers can modify and shape the visual experience of a room simply by manipulating the lighting. Lighting also helps define the hierarchy and visual boundaries of a space. Let’s face it – the appearance of a room depends on lighting and lighting is what determines how we feel inside a room.
To make the best use of lighting in small spaces, forget about central lighting on the ceiling or the number of lamps that highlight the room shape. Instead, focus your attention on the light on your walls – this will allow you to magnify your interiors in an impressive fashion. You can create regular and even illumination by using multiple light sources of the same power to create an illusion of space. Moreover, you can also use strategically placed mirrors to direct light onto design elements and the ceiling. This is an easy way of using light to your advantage in small spaces.
Rooms with a low height can also be transformed by choosing appropriate lighting. Expert designers make use of a strongly illuminated ceiling to give the illusion that a space is taller than it actually is. This effect can be dramatized by using 3D structures suspended from ceilings and by using mirrors or shiny objects to reflect light to the top of a room. On the other hand, directing lighting towards the bottom of a room can make a disproportionately high room appear normal.
You can also give a narrow room the impression of being broad by using lighting smartly. Use few points of bright lighting across walls and lighting points creating cross stripes on ceilings to make even the narrowest of rooms appear wider.
While these cases use artificial lighting, you must also allow as much natural light into your interiors as possible. This’ll allow small and disproportionate spaces appear normal both during the day and at night.