Everything you put in a room contributes more or less to the ambiance inside and the list is different for each type of room. Some things are more general. The ambient lighting is a relevant example. Whether it’s a backlit mirror, a string of LED lights under the cabinet or a lamp in the corner of the room, this can make all the difference and can decide whether the room looks cold and austere or warm and inviting.
The ambient light in a room can also have a decorative role. That makes sense since the idea is not to light up the space for practical reasons but rather to make it feel more welcoming and comfortable. The type of ambient lighting used in a space has to do with that room’s function but also the style that characterizes its interior decor.
If you decide to add some ambient lighting to a space, be careful not to overdecorate the room. It’s easy to go with the flow and it’s understandable to want to add a lot of features and decorative elements to the space but at one point it can become too much. Think of a backlit panel or mirror as a replacement for a piece of wall art and use LED light strip wisely either to highlight a certain element in the room or to draw attention to a specific area.
Take into consideration the whole picture and think of how the ambient lights that you want to use will impact the room, its function, atmosphere and decor. It may be possible to combine looks and function and use LED light strips as task lighting as well as decorative features. This applies to spaces such as the kitchen or the bathroom. In areas like the bedroom or the living it’s more about the mood.