8 Tips On Lighting Your Home
While many homeowners overlook lighting options when designing their home, lighting can make or break a space. Here’s what to consider when choosing the right light for your home.
Many of us are home decor enthusiasts in our own right and we all know how important it is when choosing the right paint colours, furniture and artwork to bring life to our indoor spaces. However, and interestingly enough, one aspect of interior design that many of us innocently overlook is lighting.
We seem to spend most of our time focusing on how to fill our spaces rather than utilizing lighting techniques that will accent the character and mood we want to accentuate.
When used correctly, lighting has an amazing and unique impact – it can change the look of your paint colours, bring new life to art, and reinforce that cozy of comfortable feeling you want from room to room.
To give your home that extra special touch, consider these tips when choosing lighting.
Decide what you want from your lights. This is first question you need to ask before installing lighting themes. There are three main pillars when it comes to lighting styles: ambient lighting is for everyday purposes; task lighting is for cooking, doing chores and reading; and accent lighting magnifies certain special decorative objects around your home. Decide what you want your lights to do in each room and plan your lighting designs from there.
Work with natural light. Of course, the cheapest and best light is natural light. You can amplify natural light and bring life to a room by hanging mirrors on opposite walls facing windows, and utilizing mirrored furniture and glass-painted doors in various rooms. Let the natural light bounce off of mirrors and glass and your spaces will come alive. And in the event you want to drown out harsh light from outside, consider installing filtering blinds that match the look and feel of your room – there is a lot to choose from so get creative.
Use the right wattage. A problem that many homeowners have with lighting is not knowing the right light wattage to work with. Sure, table lamps and ceilings fixtures are normally fitted with 75-watt bulbs, but if you want to cast more illumination and make a room more decorative, go with 25 to 40-watt bulbs. They provide more intrigue and help articulate cozy and comfortable themes.
Use Dimmers. Dimmers are very important to use when lighting different rooms, such as the dining room, the living room and the basement (a great area for entertaining with a home theatre system). Dimmers set the mood for a room, and the best thing about them when used with light fixtures and table-lamps is that they help get rid of hot spots. Yes, dimmers let you provide the right light for any occasion.
Give your old lighting an upgrade. Those who have antique style lamps may wonder why they do not provide the right level of lighting. If this is the case, consider replacing lampshades that are more modern and brighter (white shades are in and they let off the right illumination).
Say ‘bye-bye’ to flame bulbs. For years flame-style bulbs in chandeliers in dining rooms were the in-thing, but nowadays homeowners are finding them formal and stuffy. A way to offer a nicer and softer touch to your rooms is using globe bulbs. When using globe bulbs, try and stick with the opaque white as it gives off a more diffused look and they work great with dimmers, too. There are other styles of bulbs available, so go ahead and experiment with them and see what works for you and your rooms.
Go green. Sure, LED (light emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent lights) lights may seem expensive, but they are always coming down in price and they help play our role in protecting the environment. LED and CFL lights look great and light up a room nicely and they are extremely energy-efficient, which means you save money annually on your energy bill. LED and CFL lights work great for accent, ambient and task lighting themes, and they are wonderful features to connect with dimmer systems too.
Get creative, have fun. When lighting different rooms, the best approach is to be open-minded and try different approaches. In the bathroom consider placing lights above the mirror or on its sides, and in the bedroom you might want to invest in remote-control lighting options. In your basement, focus on using floor lamps or wall lights as they add the right amount of illumination, especially when it comes to watching movies. In the kitchen, perhaps you might want to utilize recessed downlights and task lighting to show off your cabinets and collectibles, and in the dining room a chandelier works great as do wall scones and track lighting. And keep in mind that hallways are just like rooms, so light stairs from high above, and use accent lighting in the hallway to make artwork and collectibles more attractively visible.