How to Use Lighting in Event Design
Lighting is so important as part of emotional event design. Natural light in particular tends to evoke happy feelings, brings energy and gives the best backdrop for photography. For me it's the most beautiful form of lighting for any event, and I'll always be drawn towards venues and spaces that let the most in. Artificial light is also often necessary or compliments the interiors, but it's essential to illuminate without making the styling appear flat or lacking in atmosphere.
Before we design elements for an event, it is essential that we fully understand how the light (or lack of) will impact the energy - we then tailor our approach to the clients needs.
Lighting production in any event design refers to how we deliberately enhance the overall aesthetic of a venue and its different spaces. Event designers will work with production companies to select, control and perfectly place different light sources to create the perfect ambience, highlight certain features within the decor or architecture, and of course also provide functional illumination for guest flow and safety.
Lighting really is a crucial part of the process alongside the rest of our design elements (colour, pattern, textures, decor), and impacts the guests mood and ambience, as well as creating a cohesive and visually appealing setting. If you design cohesively in this way then you really can transform a venue from perhaps feeling a bit, cold, flat and uninviting to warm, exciting or welcoming. It's not just about placement, but also carefully adjusting the light intensity, direction, and colour, in order to highlight specific areas or key features, to impact the overall mood, highlight specific, and create interest or event a bit of drama and "wow" factor in any space. Focusing on colour, pattern, light and shadow, event designers can highlight or alter specific features, such as the tablescapes or even the ceiling of a room. We can adjust the mood but also create more visual interest and highlight unique aspects of any venue. We will combine this technique with the natural light available, and designers should always consider and find ways to illuminate a room or space using a combination of sunlight, candlelight, ambient lighting and artificial lighting. Layering all of these together can help create a balanced and dynamic look for each location. Ideally we should always combine practical, accent, ambient and any natural lighting available to create a harmonious, decorative and functional flow for each event.
By Jessie Westwood
Embrace Your Inner Interior Designer By putting these techniques into practice, you will be able to create a beautiful environment tailored to your specific needs. Whether you are looking to create a warm and inviting atmosphere or simply add a personal touch to any space, using lighting as an interior design tool can help you achieve your desired result. Experimenting with different lighting solutions can bring new life to your interior and help you create the ambience and aesthetic you desire. Whether adding a statement light fixture, incorporating task lighting for practical purposes, or adjusting the placement of existing lights, small changes can make a big impact. Don't be afraid to play with light and shadow and try different combinations to find what works best for you and your space. Remember, lighting is an important element of interior design and can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of a room. So go ahead, get creative, and have fun with lighting! Do you want to learn more about our lighting products? Please contact us at EGLO UK anytime.