Have you ever seen one of those dramatic scenes in a movie or a drama where the hero makes a comeback from the worst situation and walks forth in glorious backlighting?
It is a similar concept which is used in interior designing to ramp up the drama of a space. Backlighting is used to enhance the beauty as well as the dramatic aura of any space. You can accomplish it in a number of ways as there are numerous innovation in design and lighting.
In this post, we are going to discuss 5 ways you can use backlighting in your interior designs.
1. Through walls and patterns
Backlighting a small part of your interior design with some cleverly designed patterns is a hot trend these days. You can accomplish this by designing boxy patterns – think; beehives or squares – on your feature walls and installing them with clever lighting. The front of these patterns and shapes is closed off with acrylic or see-through stones like onyx. This when you switch on the lights, you get a beautiful backlit pattern of filtered artificial light on your feature wall.
2. Through ceilings
Although most ceiling designs use show lights to create a beautiful ambiance, you can also use the concept of backlighting there. This has to be done in small does though. You can do this by designing hollow spaces in the false ceiling and covering them up with acrylic. This will create a filtered light effect that mimics the backlighting concept pretty well.
3. With cove lights
Cove lights are basically LED strip lights that are hidden into small coves of the ceiling. They are an unconventional way to accomplish backlighting, but the effect is truly beautiful. The best part about cove lights is that they can be used as both ambient and decorative lighting features as well. For example, you can use this technique to design toe-kicks in your kitchen counters.
4. Natural backlighting
Natural backlighting can be used to enhance the quality of a space. It is accomplished by creating large window portals in the room and covering them up with sheer curtains. This creates a beautiful effect that imbues drama and glamor in the interior design.
5. Decorative backlighting
This is a fairly DIY venture. You just have to get a few strings of fairy lights and put them up on a feature wall. Then you can spread a decorative net or organza cloth all over it to create a beautiful backlit effect. You can do this for your bedrooms to get a personalized vibe in the space.