1. BUILD A FOUNDATION WITH RECESSED LIGHTING
In some ways, recessed lighting is your base for a beautifully lit open-plan space, and from here, you can build a comprehensive lighting scheme. 'With an open floor plan, creating layers of light is key,' explains Jennifer J. Morris, interior design and principal at J Morris. 'Some clients have real aversions to recessed lights because of the hot spots they create and the glare, but I find being able to wash the walls in light with soffit or recessed light a necessary foundational layer. It could be the dead of winter or the rainiest day but if the walls glow with light, it can make a big difference.'
2. OR TRY TRACK LIGHTS
Track lighting can also provide a good base in an open-plan set-up and can give a Mid-Century, stylish vibe. Lights are fitted on tracks, and each light can be twisted to face a specific direction. 'I like streamlining the lighting to a tracked look. Track lighting has taken big steps to look more attractive,' says Jennifer.
3. DON'T FORGET OVERHEAD LIGHTING
Once you have figured out the foundational lighting in your open plan space, it's now time to think about adding to the scheme with overhead lighting. This is the next layer of lighting and requires specific attention in an open-plan space to help create those zones. A statement light fixture is an epic way to do zone the space, says interior designer Gina Holz. 'A chandelier over a dining table or coffee table can help ground the space and create an environment within a large area.'
4. ADD TASK LIGHTING TO COZY CORNERS
Task lighting is another important layer that is needed in an open plan space, helping to create a different mood in a part of the open plan space when walls don't exist to zone the space. You might have a busy, light-filled kitchen that is a hive of activity, but if you want to create a cozier feel in another part of the open-plan space that is more about relaxation, task lights can help.
5. PAY ATTENTION TO HOW MUCH LIGHT A BULB GIVES OFF
An open-plan space serves various functions and purposes, so paying attention to the number of bulbs, wattage, and visibility of bulbs will help you understand the amount of light a fixture gives off. This can allow you to choose appropriately for your space.