Lighting can be one of the harder elements of interior design to nail, there are no materials, no color matching, just the use of a keen eye.
The concept of ‘uplighting’ is something which requires a little imagination when reading, but when physically watching the lighting at play its effects become clear to all.
Uplighting isn’t always the most domestic of interior design concepts, but is regularly used when designing the interior of a club, venue, bar, or any other low light, cozy settings.
Uplighting in an industrial environment also has its uses, being able to create a more natural and welcoming atmosphere for those that work inside such environments and require some eye protection and less stressful work environments.
In this article we have a look at uplighting, what it is, when it is most commonly used, and how you could apply it in a domestic setting. Let’s get into it together.
What Is Uplighting?
Uplighting is the act of using lights on the ceiling to illuminate the space below.
The idea behind uplighting is to give the impression of a brighter room than actually exists, by making the ceilings appear higher than they are.
This effect is achieved through the use of spotlights, floodlights, and even lighting strips.
Uplighting, when done properly, can really make a room feel much larger than it once was.
Moreover, the main use of uplighting is that it can provide a very cozy environment at home, in an industrial setting, or in a commercial setting.
As a result, uplighting is a really versatile concept once understood.
One example of uplighting you may see regularly is in gaming setups.
LED strips and other forms of fairly light often provide some low light that is often lower down, lighting the room from the floor upwards.
When Is Uplighting Used?
Another reason is if you’re looking to add some drama to a room. A dramatic uplight can really make or break a bar’s atmosphere.
We’ve all been to those yuppie clubs where the lights are reminiscent of a hospital.
In a bar or other covert environment people don’t always want to be seen directly but to instead have some more dramatic lighting that can act as a heterotopic area where they can forget about their normal lives.
For example, if you were going to have a house party, rather than turning all the lights in your house on, you may be more likely to get fairy lights and other types of lights like lanterns and LED strips, etc., in order to help create a vibe or a mood that is different from normal.
Similar concepts are applied to industry.
Whether you are working in an office or on a factory floor there are lots of examples where uplighting will be used to provide a more soft environment to work in.
Specifically if you are using a computer a lot, a lot of non-white light could be beneficial to your eye strain problems.
Having some low light on your desk that lights things upwards can help take the glare away from your eyes, especially soft light colors such as red.
People apply this to gaming setups as well.
How Could I Use Uplighting In My Own Home?
There are many reasons why you might want to consider uplighting your home.
One reason is because it will help with creating a cozier and warmer atmosphere.
If you live in a cold climate then uplighting may help keep you warm during winter months. This can be really useful in a bedroom, or to make a living room really cozy.
This type of uplighting, as outlined above, could be great for your living room or your child’s computer desk or gaming setup.
In both circumstances staring at screens is likely, so uplighting can really help protect eye health as well as bringing the vibes to make us more comfy and less stressed.
A good example would be a game room. You want a games room to have a nice relaxed vibe for chilling out and hanging out with friends.
Often these areas will have low light and light that doesn’t start from anywhere below chest height.
What Types Of Lights Can Be Used For Uplighting?
There are many different forms of lighting that can be used when uplighting. As mentioned, they are often soft and use light that isn’t the brightest.
There are often lots of small lights which work in conjunction, rather than one big glaring light.
LED strip lights – these are long pieces of flexible plastic that can be cut into any shape. These are good for smaller areas as they are easy to move around.
These are commonly used in gaming setups or for behind a TV.
Floor Lights – Ever been night swimming at a hotel?
More often than not there will be lights on the floor which guide your way, allowing the night to still remain dark but for you to remain safe and relaxed.
The lights inside the pool will often work the same way.
Fairy Lights – Fairy lights are probably the most common and inexpensive form of uplighting that is used most regularly in domestic settings.
Fairy lights can come in many different colors and sizes. There are many different lights that are strung across a length of wire. You can hang them or leave them low.
Final Thoughts On Uplighting
Uplighting is a fantastic thing to add to your home, whether you’re looking to create a relaxing space or just brighten up a room.
It’s something that can easily be added to almost any area of your house and it will instantly transform how you feel about that space.
If you’re interested in adding uplighting to your own home, we’ve got many different articles about lighting and color matching on our site, as well as other forms of lighting which have different purposes.
We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to make your home that little bit more relaxing and nuanced in its interior design.