BOB SCHAERER AND HIS DESIGN TEAM AT BLOOMFIELD HILLS-BASED SCHAERER ARCHITEXTURAL INTERIORS believe that correct lighting – whether it be natural or artificial, is crucial, and they explain how it can add interest to a space.
“Over the last 10 years lighting has really expanded its designs due to LED light sources and an overall expansion in design based on materials, finishes, shapes, sizes, and customizations from manufacturers or artists. We are now not only lighting spaces for tasks, but we are adding additional lighting to create a mood, define space, or adding a fixture that is the main focus of the room.
“Correctly lighting an office, kitchen, closet, or bathroom will always be important, but with the expansion of fixtures now we are adding lighting to create interest in areas we may have chosen to ignore before. At times just a glow coming from behind a mirror or a shadow cast from a fixture can create additional interest in a space.
“As designers who love nature and incorporate it into our interiors, we also try to capture natural light whenever possible. In a bathroom, a transom over the vanity is a great way to bring in natural light while still providing privacy. Adding a film to a glass door can also allow light from a well-lit space to pour into an adjacent space lacking natural light. When natural light isn’t available, choosing the right amount of light and source for the light is especially important. With today’s technology, we can choose color temperatures that are closer to natural light. Of course, choosing finishes that help create a sense of light and airiness in a space will help tremendously when the space lacks natural light.”
In the above kitchen image and in the lower-level photo below it, there were deliberate choices made about the lighting.
“The multi-point pendant fixture was chosen to help provide task lighting at the island, define the island as the central space in the kitchen, while also adding to the overall sense of timeless design and sophistication.
“In the photo below of a lower level, we did not have space in the joist to use recessed can lighting. Shallow coffers were designed to add interest to what would otherwise be a flat, uneventful expanse of drywall. The translucent shallow cube lights were selected to accentuate the coffers and add a soft glow to the overall recreational space.”