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Lighting plays a very important role in both architecture and interior design. The importance of lighting in a space is talked about time and again by designers. And where there is light, there is shadow. Shadows play an equally powerful role in design, and are useful tools for adding depth and character to a space. Creating a good design involves being able to manipulate light and shadow to create what you need. With a good design and an interplay of light and shadows, it is possible to keep a space simple and achieve a pleasant effect. So here are some ways to incorporate shadows into your space for maximum impact:


A shadow from the ceiling can be projected onto a wall or floor or both, especially if it’s dependent on natural light. A beam, structural pattern or an artificial pattern can be used to create these shadows. A shadow formed with sunlight will move across the space during the day, and would work well in a room with simple finishes. A shadow formed using artificial lighting on the other hand can be modified for strength and be cast where it works best inside a room.


Traditional and laser cut screens form a great way of adding intricately patterned shadows into your space. While the screens are most often used along walls, they are not limited to them, and can also be used on ceilings, furniture or even as partitions. Artificial lighting on screens can also be used to emphasise the screen in itself, creating a focal point.


Lighting pieces are abundant with ways of casting beautiful shadows into a space, with pendant lamps being the most preferred method. From layers in the lamp to patterns and designs on the surface, these pendants use multiple methods to create beautiful shadows. Being one of the easiest methods of casting shadows in a space, these can be introduced in any room within a house, from shadow patterns on the floor in the living area to playful shadow patterns cast onto the ceiling of a nursery.


Staircase shadows are the more difficult of the lot to create as it most often needs to be created in the building and interior design stage. The most common style of casting shadows using staircases are seen with floating staircases, as these provide ample space for the light to pass through. These create interesting piano like shadows on the wall, and can be interspersed with landscape elements to add more character.

Sculptures/ Art pieces:

The latest trend in shadow design that is most used by artists, this method creates sculptures or art pieces which reveal an image when lit from the right direction. The shadow artworks can be anything from sceneries to portraits, and make excellent feature pieces on walls.