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How Colours Affect Lighting Design | ARTiculations

If you’re ever pick up a paint colour chip and flipped to the backside, it probably says the name of the colour, the colour code, and often also something that says Light Reflectance Value. Most people will probably never pay attention to this number. But if you’re a curious individual, which I assume most of you watching this video are, you might wonder, what does this number mean and what is it used for? Light Reflectance Value is a measurement of the amount visible light, when illuminated by a light source, that’s reflected by a surface in all directions and all wavelengths. It’s a value that’s generally used by Interior Designers, Lighting Designers, and Architects to determine what is the most appropriate colour to use on a surface. Of course, it’s not the only factor that matters in colour selection, but it is one of the most important, yet also often overlooked aspect of design.

Light reflectance value not only affects how light or dark a space looks and feels It also dramatically affects the performance of lighting sources, the ability to reflect and absorb natural day light, the energy efficiency of the building, as well as accessibility for people with visual impairments. To understand how Light Reflectance Value works, we first have to be clear about what the word “value” means in the context of colour. There are three main properties of colour: Hue, Saturation, and Value. Hue is the classification of colour on the spectrum, these are your reds, blues, greens, oranges, yellows, etc. While Hue is generally important in determining the aesthetic feeling of a space, to someone with colourblindness, they may not see a difference between colours of different hues. Saturation is the intensity of the colour, how dull or muted a colour looks vs. how intense or vivid it is. Saturation is often confused with Value, as it may seem like an intense colour is “brighter” than a dull colour.

But saturated colours vary in value and often can be very dark when it comes to the amount of light it actually reflects. Light Reflectance Value is expressed from 0 to 100. 0 means the colour absorbs all the light and reflects nothing. 100 would reflect 100% of the light. In everyday reality though, nothing will absorb all the light. I mean, unless your wall is, like, a black hole, but that would be a big problem. Even the darkest paint will usually have an LRV of about 3 to 4. And generally the highest LRV you’ll see are in the low 90s. A designer will evaluate what is the functional requirement of the space, how much access is there to windows and natural light, what lighting fixtures are used in the space what is the energy requirement of the project, and use these factors to determine what is the appropriate LRV each surface needs to have. So lights come in varying levels of lumen output.

But how much of the light emitted from a source ultimately ends up being usable depends on a lot of different factors. One of these factors is how reflective the surrounding environment is. A room, especially the ceiling, that’s painted in low LRVs colours will dramatically reduce the amount of light that’s in the space. Some environments require higher light levels than others. For example a designer will typically specify ceiling LRVs of 85 or more, and wall LRV of 70 or more for office environments where detail tasks are being performed.

In a boutique retail shop, or nightclub, lower LRVs may be used to achieve a darker, more intimate atmosphere. However the designer will still need to ensure that the light levels are appropriate for employees to perform their tasks and for everyone to get around safely. In most commercial projects, an interior designer will coordinate LRVs with a lighting designer, who will carry out lighting calculations and other photometric assessments in order to develop a lighting plan that achieves required light levels. Some property owners and/or municipalities may also have energy requirements such as wattage restriction on artificial lighting, or requiring the use of daylighting. In this case, increasing the LRV of ceilings and vertical surfaces may be needed to maximize the reflectance of natural light and reduce the amount of artificial lighting needed for the occupant to safety and effectively perform their tasks.

After all, it’s literally a sustainability strategy that costs nothing. Designers also use LRV to design spaces that are inclusive of people with disabilities. Contrary to popular belief, most blind people have some level of vision, but many will have trouble distinguishing one surface from another if their values are too similar. Thus, using high value contrast between surfaces is crucial in ensuring occupants can get around safely and efficiently. For example, handrails, stair-nosings, start of ramps, edge of platforms, and signage graphics should have a high level of contrast against their surroundings to be visual apparent to the viewer. Most accessibility standards recommend a 70% contrast for these locations. This is the formula for calculating 70% contrast. While in most places it’s only a recommendation, in some locations, such as in detectable warning surfaces in California, it’s a mandatory building code requirement. It’s important to remember that these design decisions not only helps blind people it makes the environment more accessible to everyone, including near-sighted people like me when I’m not wearing my contacts or glasses, or any person in low-light conditions such as during a power outage when only the emergency lights are on.

In my many years of being a designer I’ve definitely heard people joke about how all we do is pick colours. And honestly I don’t take it as an insult. While it’s obviously far from all that we do, choosing the right colour is a really important job. It affects the environmental experience of the space, contributes to human comfort, influences energy efficiency, and is crucial in ensuring safety and accessibility. Thanks for watching everyone! If you liked this video, here are some more like it that you can check out.

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“1 BHK Home Interior Design” – Part 1 – Introduction

We are going to discuss Interior Design of a 1BHK Home. A usual 1 bedroom Hall Kitchen home is of size ranging from 350 to 500 sq ft. There are many videos on Internet where they walk you through rooms & show lot of creative work. There are so many interesting ideas. But Today we are going to stick basics. I am from contractorbhai.com team & we provide Interior design service. We must have designed more than 1000 homes now. After working with so many home owners what we have learnt is Good design is as little design as possible Let me repeat again Good design is as little design as possible When you start planning Interior of your home, you are excited, you have lot of ideas in your mind and you pick up so many ideas by doing research. Most important question you have to ask yourself is “Will that idea look good in your home for next 10-15 years ?” All the work that happens as part of Home Interior design in your house it will stay in front of you eyes for next 10-15 years may be more. So this question is very important. There are good Design practices which if used can solve these problems.

We will talk about about soem of these points in following videos To make things easy we are goign to talk about 3 aspects. THis whole series has 4 parts. This is the introduction part. and following this there are 3 more videos in which we are goign to talk about Look & Feel Functionality Budget Now these 3 aspects are most important aspects of Interior Design project. Look & feel menas how rooms is goign to look ? How they are going to appaear. Functionality – what all facilities you want ? Budget – budget is budget. How much money you are goign to spend. And that decides lot of things. You cannot plan your 1 BHK Home Interior without taking care of any of these aspects. IF yoou ignore any one aspect then whole project is going to fail. So alright this was first part this was introduction part of “1 BHK Home Interior” series . there are 3 following videos, each talking about ‘Look & Feel’, ‘Functionality’ & ‘Budget’. I will see you in second part. .

Interior Design Tips: No. 1 Rule for Dining Room Rug Sizes

Even if you have the most beautiful rug, it all falls by the wayside if you don’t have the right size of rug. Area rugs define your space. In a dining room the rug centralizes the table and chairs acting like a foundation, a base or a landing for your furniture. But the most important thing about a dining room rug is the size. Let’s discuss the number one rule! With dining rooms, the key is to have comfortable space for your chairs to move in and out beneath the table without getting caught on the rug.

Here’s a dining room with a three foot by six foot table in the center of the room. And here we have an area rug that sits under the table comfortably. But you’ll notice that the chairs are sitting half on and half off. So this rug is too small. But here we add 24 inches to each size of the table. It’s important that you add to each side of the table not just two feet to the length and width.

This will give you the minimum space your rug should cover and will allow space for your chairs to move in and out without getting caught on the rug. So in this case we need an area rug that spans the space of 7 feet by 10 feet. This size might be difficult to find so I’d round up to an 8 by 10 area rug. This rug here, albeit beautiful, is too close to the table size.

You can see that the chairs are already on the edge of the rug. So if you were to pull out the chair, sit and then adjust the chair closer to the table, you’ll be sitting half on and half off the carpet making it awkward and uncomfortable. Unlike these images here… there’s plenty of room around the table for the chairs to move in and out. So here’s your take away: In the dining room, the rug centralizes the table and chairs acting like a foundation or a landing for your furniture. It’s not enough to have a rug that just fits your table and chairs.

The rule is to always add 24 inches to each side of your dining room table to allow you to move your chairs in and out freely without getting caught on the rug. Thanks for watching this little design tip. I’ll have lots more design tips just like this one coming soon so don’t forget to subscribe! I’ve got new videos every week. And leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you all and if you like this video please hit the like button. See you soon! .

How to Decorate a Small Apartment | Interior Design

So small apartments get a bad rap because you think that you can’t fit everything that you need in there which isn’t true you just want to make sure that all of your pieces work double duty for you think about storage in any place that you can get it so if it’s in your nightstands your side tables your coffee tables your closets make sure you’re maximizing on storage you know closet is a lot of real estate so a lot of people leave it as kind of the zone that they don’t think about they think as long as you have a rod in there and they stuff a bunch of things at the bottom that’s it but it pays sometimes to maximise on the storage get somebody coming in there a cabinetry person that could put little drawers and little shelves to make sure that everything that you have has its own place make sure your furniture works double duty to you for instance let’s say you have an art piece that when you open it up it becomes a pegboard your coffee table opens up to a dining table that you can get a lot of Ottomans that open up for storage these are items that can save space in your home and also make it feel larger don’t be afraid also to create some really bold movements in the home for instance a really large art piece when you walk in the door or over the sofa can look beautiful an accent wall in a bold color so have fun with a little bit it is a play on scale but the most important thing is functionality so making sure that all of your spaces and all of your furniture work as much double-duty as possible and also make sure that things can be moved out of the way so if you have people over and you have to move the coffee table out of the way that you have a space to do that so just be aware that everything has a place within the home and everything functions for different uses you

DIY Hotel Glam Bedroom for Andrea’s Choice | Interior Design

Can’t wait to decorate. There’s so much we can make! How will it turn out? OMG We’re coming over Open up, we’re here! Okay, you’re yelling like, so loud. OMG! OMG! We’re up really high! Downtown Los Angeles. It’s really high up. It’s amazing, but don’t look down. You guys know that we have our show; OMG! We Bought a House, this is OMG! We’re Coming Over where we go in the homes of famous digital celebrities. Yes and today we are at Andrea Brooks’s high rise apartment in LA. You may know her as Andreas Choice on YouTube; massive YouTuber. Hello, it’s Andrea, welcome back to my channel. She does beauty and DIY videos, she’s super popular. She really needs help with her bedroom because she moved into this apartment and never pulled it together and she films all of her videos in that room. We’re so excited to do this room for beautiful Andrea and you know what else we’re excited about? Subscribing! You guys subscribe because we’re trying to get to one million subscribers, so please hit that button! Be a part of our family.

Yes! Let’s to check it out. We’re going to make it beautiful and glamorous, contemporary! Let’s go! So it looks pretty much…. Wooooowww… I feel extra short now. We’re the same height, we’ve already discussed this. You’re 5’1″, right? Yes. I love it. Short people live longer. I love short ladies. Okay! Well, I’m married to one. Ew! Don’t use that word. So, Kate and Joey just arrived and I’m really excited but I’m also really nervous because I have really bad luck with like, releasing control over to other people – but, I have faith in Kate because I feel like we kind of have similar styles. The room looks like when we were here last. I’ve lived here for one year and I’ve never really had time to like, fully decorate my bedroom. The problem is, is that I film in here so it has to look nice but it’s such a big area that I never really knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

I love the cow skull obviously it’s faux, so vegetarian. It is vegan. Oh, vegan, right of course. And, I did order some things that I really liked online and my bed was really low too. You can tell a short person lives here. I’ve never purchased anywhere to store my stuff. Yes, all your makeup, samples, everything. I really like whites and neutrals, this way I can kind of control what pops of color I want. All that I know is I want it to be neutral. so that I’m able to like switch out pops of color. I want to be able to film in my room from any direction because it’s filled with stuff. Instead of my being committed to a certain color scheme, like I don’t like painting my walls crazy colors. Right. Hotel glam, multifunctional, awesome space. With touches of my personality. Of course. Kate’s great at that. You are good at that! Awe! Thanks guys! High five. Joey! So, since you are a DIY goddess, it’s just makes sense that we start the first project DIY style.

Perfect! While Joey is prepping the boring stuff. You told me that you love glitter. I love glitter, metallic. Kate’s telling me that she wants to do some glitter art and I’m like yeah, I love glitter. Girl, me too. Because we’re trying to go super classy, glamorous with your room, I didn’t want to go like, traditional, small glitter. What would glitter look like under a magnifying glass? It would be like, big. We could create the look of magnified glitter with good old aluminum foil! it’s just more durable if we try to do this on a regular canvas it could get a little saggy and I painted the sides white but can’t just be any crumpled it has to be the right kind of geometrically shaped crumpled.

As she start crumpling it together and like setting it down it starts to really come together and then it was like I understood where her mind was it looks so good. Then I have this which is this mirror effect spray paint Oh It’ll kind of change the look of the tinfoil a little bit so it’s not oh that’s tin foil on your wall, it’s more like metal. I love how open you are to this. Did you see what my room was like before I just had actual tin foil laying around like old food yeah turn that shit in to art. First thing’s first let’s get some paint on these walls. I want to give you a subtle wall color change in our color palette plan of playing with neutrals and stuff like that, the subtleties of like wall color really do make a big difference.

So Andrea’s apartment like a lot of rentals, it’s just painted white. Right now you have kind of like a almost like an ivory right? It looks, well I’m a bright white I’m a Caucasian so we could, we talked about making this like a feature wall right? Since you’re a renter it’s easier to paint over a painted technique. Of course you know I’m a fan of DIY I thought why not DIY a pattern on the wall and the perfect thing to do that is a stencil. I have never stenciled.

Can I start painting? Between the stencil and the painting is going to take us forever, you guys can do the stencil I’ll do the painting. So I’m really excited about this stencil that Kate is doing on my bedroom right now I’ve never had stencil I never even really thought to do stencil on my wall it was always like a color or wallpaper but she’s kind of like merging the two. I drew it here scanned it in build it in obviously because I want these areas to be the negative space. It kind of reminds me of like a giraffe, oh I love giraffes. No way! That’s my giraffe noise. I got the same wall color but in a semi-gloss. Uh did I open the right one? You did. You got to tell me these things Kate, how many times have we had this conversation? When I’m doing the projects you have to tell me the details. How many times you had this conversation? Where you have to listen to me because guess what dude I did tell you this project. Andrea, excuse me I just want you to know that we actually do love each other.

I thought you were gonna come slap her yeah. I want to give her a glamorous elegant backdrop it has to be a light gray with a warm undertone so it’s luxe and glamorous and not too cold so tape e tape. All right I’m gonna start. Yeah just go you’re just gonna go down exactly We should kick her out. But she’s having so much fun. Joey really knows how to be a party pooper.

I actually have some things to do today so I’m going to go do them. That sounds like I’m gonna go watch Game of Thrones in the other bedroom. I might do The quicker you get out of here the quicker we get this done. I’m out of here Get excited! So these are the little rolley guys. Oh my god they’re like toy trains, okay you don’t care whatever great see you later bye have fun up there cool good talk. So we got these cool flush-mount curtains that are a track that runs across the ceiling she’s got a cement ceiling which is a little tricky but I got my masonry bits and I can just get those in I’m gonna get sweaty but you got to do what you got to do to get those curtains up folks.

Part of this project is we’re raising the whole room up because everything in here is really low. She had her TV on this little stand is way too low not enough space we’re going to mount that TV get it off the stand clean it up with a nice cable hider so we’ll mount that and paint it the same color as the walls just automatically upgrades the room cool. Kate! What? I’m here I come bearing the most beautiful knobs you’ve ever seen.

Those are so cool. And look each one is unique…..oh man those are awesome I want these. Stud earrings. We found the most amazing knobs you’ve ever seen on planet Earth I don’t even actually think they’re from Planet Earth I think they’re from some beautiful fabulous planet. What’s half of twenty-five and a half? I don’t do that. I’m gonna get this as exact as possible but I’m not a cabinet maker I know you think I am but… I never said that. All right here goes nothing. What do you mean here goes nothing? Here goes important things We’re gonna sort of pimp it out by drilling custom holes in it and putting these really funky knobs. It’s really taking this piece that’s inexpensive and just upping the quality a million a million dollars I pay a million dollars.

Those knobs made this very heavy, perfect! So Andrea gets a ton of makeup samples she also has clothes that she needs to put away in some drawers so this Media Console / dresser is the perfect piece of furniture for that. Kate got this giant floor-to-ceiling mirror that we’re gonna mount on the wall, it’s gonna be perfect right next to the door to the bathroom right next to the vanity space. I think this is the prettiest desk I’ve ever seen. Yeah amazing. Do you know what style this is? Luxury. Parsons. Andrea needs a desk / vanity someplace where she could edit on her laptop but then also some place where she could put on her makeup. You sit at it and you’re just like wow okay I’m gonna make some money at this desk it’s in a champagne color but obviously it doesn’t have that many drawers it just has these for her like pens. Where’s this going? But that yeah for here because it has these drawers with these little label thingies and on those labels I am writing lips eyes face, that can be where she can organize and have some favorites successful.

No Joey no don’t rest on this. Go go build the bed go build the bed, if you’re tired go build a bed but don’t sleep in it. A tree or a plant is a really really nice item to bring into any room, you want to have that organic element to juxtapose all of the furniture that you have going on and fiddly figs are one of my favorite things to use in any design they have big beautiful green leaves. Okay so I love the magnified glitter art as the center, and then we have a bunch of options. I think we should do like another piece of art right here that just says dinners done.

Somebody got leftovers. Let’s call that leftover. Don’t be fooled that thing would be hanging in the art gallery in downtown LA in a second that is some hip modern art books I love that picture. Well of course you love this picture its two cats. But I also love how you did the brushstrokes on the edge. Well yeah I did that because there was like a white border for when you printed these.

Yeah but that’s so cool. It was just a quick fix, a gallery wall has that very contemporary look Andrea has a lot of friends she’s well loved I’m gonna add some black-and-white photos of her friends Pets travels she’s been to some awesome places. This is like just a standard carpet on the floor here so we’re gonna jazz it up with a little fluffy rug love a little fluffy rug love a little hug with my love on the fluffy rug. Oh gosh it’s heavenly and glam oh I know what’s coming. Let’s enjoy our wall let’s enjoy our wall oh yeah I know Can we just talk? That wall looks amazing laying on this rug. It turned out better than I imagined, we use the semi gloss paint so that it’s the same color as the walls but it has a sheen to it it looks better than any wallpaper we would have used so I’m so glad.

Joey we don’t have time for this. Why do we do these in one day? Because of you say so. Yeah well they have to get done in one day so come on. Wow how quickly he changes his tune Wow before Andrea had I think a full looked a little small with low to the ground we’re bringing in the queen bed I mean it’s a queen bed but it’s also the queen Andrea’s bed. We needed to bring in matching side tables because in order to get that contemporary hotel look they’ve got a match and then we got some glass made perfectly for the top so it really just lux’s up those side tables that were a thrift store find and now look like a million bucks. We also added some heavy brass knobs just those little touches make them look like completely new pieces. Got your corner? All of sudden acting like you know how to do this you. Have your corner? Who taught you this? My mom. Did she? Yeah this looks like to me. Oh Joey Joey let Andrea be the first one on your bed not you.

Can I please try it? Why can’t I try the bed I just want to make sure that it’s comfortable. Can I try it? We can do military corners. Okay you can do military corners I don’t know what those are. I’m making the bed really luxurious with bamboo sheets . I’m not using a matchy matchy set because I really want it to look sophisticated and well-designed don’t just use the standard size rectangle pillows get some European squares they are the same price as regular pillows make sure you get those European square sham pillowcases to go with it and that just gives you that hotel look.

So we really have to highlight her windows with a conversation area and I found the most amazing chairs pleated blush pink like the palest pink you’ve seen, they have a brass base to them that swivels I am giving her next to the dresser a basket with some throw blankets and an extra throw pillow so she can get cozy on those chairs. Above the side tables I wanted to give her some art because that really gives it a hotel look, so I got these brushed silver frames with mats and then inside I just painted some really simple watercolor palm fronds because she lives in LA after all Andrea has three pets she has a dog and two cats so we gotta give them a place to sleep this little dog bed was so perfect because it’s really fluffy and cute and it’s in our color palette so I had to get it and stick it in the corner.

Should I cover my eyes? I’m so scared. Ready? Before I cover my eyes and walk into the room I told Kate I was like even if I love it I’m not a screamer. Don’t look don’t peek don’t hit your head. Well guess what happened when I walked in? At your leisure, one two three She literally shrieks. I think I screamed a couple times actually Oh my god! Are you scared of it? like god I am so this is the cutest room I’ve ever been in in my entire life.

I would agree with that. Even like the friends that decorate really good yeah their rooms aren’t even this good. I mean I’ve never been there but I agree. Of course she loves it! it’s amazing! Look at your new hut It’s a dresser Joey he loves to call it a hut. Oh sweet gold dip knobs, slabs of stone Lush chairs….. I’m like freaking out right now And I was really afraid at first when you guys were going to like paint my walls I really like having white walls but like this is the perfect color. Glam all these neutrals playing on each other it’s dimension its glam you can change out the throw pillows you can bring in pops color I just painted those two palm leaf things to represent LA. Oh my god it’s like you’re in my room. Your guy’s crazy cool abstract art. I know I love that.

This desk is epic like the finish on it. That actually is leaf with champagne leaf and then look I just put in those placeholders the little labels your favorites to be in there on rotation This is like 20 times better than like what I was envisioning in my head I didn’t know it was gonna like look like a royal bedroom or something. It’s kind of like a really good dream like you know when you have a good dream and like you live in this perfect house and then you wake up and you’re like I’m still there like that’s still my bedroom and I’m awake It’s great! OMG we came over high-fives oh god I’m so happy that Kate and Joey took the time out of their schedules to do this for me can’t wait to do a room tour Ha ha good job good job Joey! Once again you killed it! You killed it! We killed it! Pat on the back, okay well whatever.

This was super meaningful for me because I am friends with Andrea and I know how hard she works and she’s so awesome on YouTube you gotta check out our channel Andrea’s Choice, I’m so glad that she loves her room it’s so glamorous and beautiful like her. Go subscribe to her channel watch all of her great vids and please subscribe to our channel. We want to reach 1 million subscribers before the end of the year. We’re using hashtag MrKate one million so just click that subscribe button and be part of our creative weirdo family it would mean so much to us and the team and it will enable us to keep making these videos for you guys so. Be part of that first million guys yeah come join the family yeah don’t just watch without subscribing watch and subscribe we got more OMG we’re coming over.

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