The importance of lighting in interior design cannot be overstated: done right, it not only accentuates a space’s architectural features but also makes inhabitants feel at ease. As Carmelo Zappulla of Lighting Studio External Reference explains in an interview with Architonic, light is a crucial tool to add an emotional element and ‘animate a space.’

There are a plethora of artificial lighting options to choose from. Which works best is usually determined by the nature of the interior they’re in and the desired spatial effect. One of the most common is indirect lighting. This technique uses fixtures to aim light onto surfaces that act as reflectors, softening the emitted rays to prevent pillar-like, bulky beams in favor of a more evenly distributed glow.

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