Want to create a cozy ambiance in your house? Go all out with indirect lighting ideas. Keep the light source invisible and let its illumination spread evenly across the walls and ceiling. And, watch the magic.

There are endless indirect lighting ideas that will make your space more welcoming and stylish. Besides decorating and generating a feeling of greater space, indirect light also offers a pleasant atmosphere by highlighting the line of the area where it is located. The somewhat faded light produces luminous effects with bright, non-localized illumination.

What Is Indirect Lighting?

Indirect lighting refers to hidden fixtures that direct the light upward in such a way that it bounces off of the walls or ceiling to illuminate a room. In contrast to this, direct lighting directs the light downward — directly onto the surface below. Indirect light fixtures feature light that is diffused more evenly into the room.

Thankfully for us, this type of lighting is back in fashion — in homes as well in offices. The best part is, indirect lighting systems can be installed in different shapes and styles depending on the distribution of your furniture, the location of your entrances and windows.

We have eleven indirect lighting ideas to inspire you. So, let’s get started.

1. Furniture that illuminates

Bed with backlightingImage by tomasines from Pixabay [CC0]

The first and foremost rule of indirect lighting is that the illumination in a room must not come from a direct light source. We love how this bed headboard has a backlight that throws subtle, diffused lighting into the bedroom. Quite an ingenious design indeed. Apart from being romantic, it also lends a warm vibe to the space.

2. Masked bedroom lighting

Indirect lightingImage by 白 菊 from Pixabay [CC0]

Here’s a lighting design that gives a soft look to the bedroom. Apart from the eye-catching chandelier over the bed, you won’t be able to spot any direct source of lighting. The walls and ceiling seem to enjoy a play of hide-and-seek with backlighting through masked light fixtures — casting aesthetically appealing shadows across the area.

If your walls and ceiling are enriched with baseboards, panels, frames, and niches — you can fit any of them with a light source and hide it well. Such indirect lighting ideas can be a very effective resource for adding volume and theatricality to a room.

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3. Skylight to illuminate an angled wall

Angled WallAngled Wall, by Jeremy Levine on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

When it comes to indirect lighting ideas, the sky is the limit. No, we mean it quite literally too! Here, an angled wall of recycled redwood with inbuilt lights and a specially created ceiling do the trick for you. The wall beautifully reflects sunlight from the half-visible skylight above into the room during the day. And, the wall panel lights provide illumination during the night. This kind of indirect lighting successfully avoids direct glazing.

4. Cove lighting for the ceiling

If the room has a generous free height, you can create a false ceiling to hold the lighting. In this case, the level of the perimeter is lowered to create a “hole” in the center that brings dynamism to space.

We love how the accent ceiling lights — placed around the perimeter of a false ceiling — gives a warm and elegant vibe to the room. It successfully lights up each and every cove. For additional lighting, the designer has opted for recessed lighting instead of regular, direct lights. And, there’s also a large window to let in natural light into the room.

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