Rohit Suraj, Founder & CEO, Urban Zen, gives insights on the many facets of lighting in residential spaces

Designers have an arsenal of tools at their disposal when it comes to crafting a perfect lighting design scheme. Assessing the uses, sizes and natural light levels in each room, a flawless lighting plan can be curated to meet even the most demanding of requirements.

Different rooms and spaces have different requirements. For instance, a utility room is well served with glare free compact fluorescent, whereas a study room requires particular attention to task lighting. An open plan space consisting of a living, a dining and a kitchen layout needs to have several different circuits of lighting that includes a mix of LED spots and low-level floor washers, LED under cupboard task lights, and mains voltage lamp light to create depth and texture in the space.

There is more to lighting than just deciding how many downlights to put in each room. Depending on the location, wall scones or uplighting can be used to create a softer ambience and avoid potentially harsh downlighting.
Rohit Suraj
The lighting preferences should be sorted during the initial design phase of a new build or renovation project

Rohit Suraj

The main factors that need to be kept in mind while deciding the lighting scheme for a residential interior lies in its detail. Having an extensive idea about finishes, furniture layout, joinery details, and an understanding of how the house will flow, helps get the ideal lighting design in place.

wooden ceiling lights

This dining arrangement at ‘Dancing with Nature’ by Urban Zen comprises a marble tabletop balanced on top of a honeycomb structured and brass-finished lounge-style seating. Flushed wooden ceiling lights, suspended artisanal wood, and linear timber segment wall cladding enhance the space.

lighting designs

The goal of ambient lighting is to supply even light to an overall area. This is most frequently accomplished with recessed lighting or a chandelier. In the ‘Overlapping Volumes’ residential project by Urban Zen there are abundant examples of lighting designs. The living room has a stunning chandelier by San Souci which is in many ways a piece of art. Each pendant is formed of two parts, a hand-blown crystal-clear drop with soda effect inside and a hand-blown crystal-clear cap with a silver nano-coating finish. The light sources are programmed to exude different colored fans, rays, or drapes, imitating the fascinating phenomenon that originates in polar areas and is very rare in our latitudes.

light pendants

The dining room has brass murals and light pendants from Roberto Cavali as the finishing touches to the space.