Of all of the biophilic features natural light has the most impact on our wellbeing. In nature we seek sunlight with the balance of shade. Bright sunlight provides us with illumination and clarity as the sun rises and sets it provides us with a golden glow. We need to experience the full spectrum of the day this how our natural selves keep in balance and our rhythms are subtlety aware of the changing light this is how we keep our circadian rhythms in balance.
The best lighting for a bedroom or a restorative space is diffused and indirect light like the light that is emitted by the rising and setting sun, we can illuminate these spaces with warm tones and elements that nature provides us with so beautifully. By identifying the visual characteristics of natural light we can begin to recreate this within our spaces by making the most of, or mimicking natural light.
As the sun rises, it creates a flare of soft diffused light for a few moments bringing with it an awareness of a fresh new day full of possibilities. Through the first morning mists, there are soft shadows of bluey greens and warm greys with beams of mellow warm golden tones. Guided by the principals of indirect and diffused light, the mood of sunrise can be achieved in the following ways.
Using shear light-diffusing fabrics to the windows can replicate the softness of first light throughout the day. To create a calm, restorative space diffused light can be mimicked by the use of lamps with low illuminance and warm colour temperature of 2000 measured by the Kelvin chart.
Use light sources that filter, diffuse and illuminate. Organic shape cutouts on a lampshade create a cosy restorative corner.
A warm, soft coloured bulb mounted on a wall emulates natural pools of light that we see in nature.
Naturalistic silhouettes cast shadows using a decorative window film or house plants in the windowsill will cast interesting shadows by dappling light onto the surrounding surfaces, indicative of a restorative space and inspiring playfulness.
Mirrors and surfaces with a sheen will reflect light as a source of indirect and diffused lighting.
The use of a sunrise lamp aids the circadian rhythm. Circadian lighting is designed to mimic the progression of the day, realigning our biorhythms and used therapeutically to enhance our sense of wellbeing and mood.
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