lighting design matters, wall with lights from trinity surfaces

Lighting Design is Paramount, and We’ve Got Proof

September 27, 2018

For tile design to be successful, it’s not just about the tile selections, the interior designer, or the space at hand. Those are important, don’t get us wrong, but let’s not forget another crucial element: lighting design.

Sometimes lighting design is controlled, and other times it’s not. Even when it’s not controllable (natural light), interior designers can control how and where the light hits a space. When lighting design is controllable (artificial light), a designer’s best bet is to strategize and plan ahead with lighting in mind.

Case in point, we’re here today to talk about how lighting design can make or break tile design.

Let’s have a look:

Trinity Surfaces Lighting Design, Glazed Tile Trinity Surfaces Lighting Design, Unglazed Tile

-The images on the left side were taken when a designer did not take the time to align their lighting design with the rest of the project’s blueprint.

-The images on the right side were taken after adjustments were made to maximize the effect of the lighting and how it hits the tile wall.

Now, let’s break it down lighting design:

Let’s explore the problems and their solutions.


  • The problems


-The closer lighting is to a tile wall, the more it exposes flaws or inconsistencies in the design.

-When lighting is placed directly above a tile wall, it causes unwanted, harsh light.

-Artificial and natural light mixed isn’t preferable. It can cause shadows and imperfections within the tile design.


  • The solutions


-Install lighting away from the tile wall to avoid the harsh glare.

-If avoiding lighting on wall tile altogether is possible, try that first. If not, avoid mosaic designs and scored tile.

-Make the walls as smooth and flat as possible, using ANSI’s standards.


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This post was written by Claire Scoon