5 Interior lighting design principles for hotels

Lighting is essentially contributing to the atmosphere of the space and the creation of your unique brand’s aesthetics. It is lighting that affects your customer’s experience and that will value the design of your hotel.

5 Interior lighting design principles for hotels

by | 13 May 2022 | Products

Baseline Lighting Design Studio – The Peninsula Paris

Lighting is essentially contributing to the atmosphere of the space and the creation of your unique brand’s aesthetics. It is lighting that affects your customer’s experience and that will value the design of your hotel. Therefore, being aware of the 5 basic methods of lighting design for Hotels will help you understand how lighting consultants create the most suitable ambiance for your space.

Consider the color temperature of your space (CCT)

When you buy a set of lighting, the color temperature is the most important criteria you should consider. It is determined by the function of the space and the atmosphere you want to create. There are three most common ranges:

a) warm light
b) soft white light
c) daylight

For rooms, to create a comfy and drowsy atmosphere, it’s recommended to use low color temperature, associated with warm light. Common areas should use bright cold light temperature, considered daylight. Avoid mixing different color temperatures in the same space or you may create visual confusion.

Ensure more than 3 sources of lighting

It is indeed not recommended to use a monotonous light source in your space. For example, two white light fluorescent tubes in the ceiling will create excessive shadows indoors which may your space look rigid and dull.

To produce light source layers inside the room, there should be at least three kinds of primary lighting: ambient lighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting. An efficient lighting design in your hotel bedroom could be composed of overhead fluorescent tubes (part of the ambient lighting), and movable reading lamps on nightstands (part of task lighting). Besides, aesthetic elements of lighting are incorporated to contribute to the characteristics and image of your hotel installing creative lighting solutions which will increase the charm of your space.

Baseline Lighting Design Studio – Wuxi Residential Hampton

Find the goal of your space and establish a visual focus

Deciding on a visual focus will help you make most of the lighting integrated into your space. For instance, once customers have settled for their royal journey, you might want them to visit your restaurant and lounges. Appropriate lighting design can help guide your customers to your facilities. Once inside, focused lighting on tables or a buffet will ensure visitors’ appreciation of the food presentation. A key focus assures a key interest, and therefore a well-designed invitation for your space.

Avoid glare through indirect lighting

Glare is a visual discomfort that is produced by uncontrolled, excessive brightness and extreme contrast. Glare is best avoided by using indirect lighting where the source of light is hidden. This way, we easily eliminate glare and ensure the light is spread across your space through reflection on the ceiling or wall. Many hotels value ceiling-mounted lighting, giving a luxurious and calming look to the bedroom.

Baseline Lighting Design Studio – The Park Lane, Pullman, Hong Kong

Make appropriate use of dimmers

To enhance the flexibility of the lighting present in your space, lighting designers will set up dimmable lights. Dimmable lights can be used to create different ambiances adapted to parts of the day. For instance, your hallway to customers’ bedrooms could be brighter during the day but dimmed at night when they are ready to rest. It can also accentuate a part of the space when needed, for example, during a presentation in your hall activity or in the ballroom when visitors take place on the dance floor. Dimmable lighting helps you create a made-to-measure atmosphere in your space, which emphasizes a unique experience for customers.


High-end lighting consultants like Baseline Lighting Design Studio makes your Hotels & Resorts life easier by creating an atmosphere that stands out above your competitors. Contact Baseline to make your facilities look more prestigious, lush, and comfortable. Lighting experts will provide accurate lighting fee proposal for your future projects. [email protected]

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Baseline is a multicultural international lighting design studio, founded in Hong Kong, providing lighting design services for architects, interior designers, property developers, general contractors, retailers and hotel brands.