Lighting has the power to make or ruin a space. In open-concept plans, it may assist distinguish zones such as living and dining rooms or nooks and kitchens, especially in the case of a large room with a lot of natural light. When there are so many interesting and practical solutions available, why settle for poor lighting?
Even if you’re working from home, you won’t have to hate it as much if you have the right lighting. The only hard part will be deciding on designs that go well with your décor from among the many lamps, flush mounts, pendants, and task lights that are available.
If the lighting in your house isn’t up to snuff, use these tips the next time you go shopping for a new light fixture or attempt to rearrange the lighting in any room.
1. Get a focus fixture
Each light fixture in the room should have its own unique height and width. If the eye does not find something to focus on, it continues to hunt for visual clarity. When decorating a big room, such as a dining room or family room, it is ideal to use a chandelier as the main piece. Consider a unique floor lamp or vintage-inspired chandelier to get the best results. In your living room, it’s best to have the hanging chandelier in the center of the room, above your coffee table.
2. Maximize the natural light
There’s no better lighting option than natural light. To increase the amount of natural light that enters a space, remove any extra layers of heavy window coverings and thoroughly clean the windows. If you have fly panels, make sure to get retractable fly screens so that you may pull them down when the need calls for it. Plus, make use of shades that can be raised during the day and lowered at night to keep out street lights and prying eyes.
3. Don’t forget the scaling
In a room, lighting shouldn’t be too dim or too bright, but it also shouldn’t be completely dark. There are a few recommendations you can follow to help you create the proper look for your room when it comes to picking the finest light fixtures. Generally, the bigger the room the larger the fixture it allows for. You wouldn’t put a massive crystal chandelier in a 10×10 room – it could only look silly and make the area feel crowded.
4. Carefully choose kitchen lighting
Lighting is essential for cooking, baking, and entertaining at home. The lighting in your kitchen should not only assist establish the ambiance, but it should also allow you to see clearly when you’re making your way around the kitchen. If your kitchen is too dim you risk hurting yourself while cooking!
It’s a good idea to install under-cabinet lighting in your kitchen. The light may be turned off when you don’t need it to work on your counters and on again when you do.
Furthermore, kitchen shelves, worktops, cabinets, and pantries may be gloomy and dingy if they’re not well lit. These areas are typically overlooked, but when properly illuminated, they become more practical and appealing. Plus, consider adding uplighting to your kitchen for a priceless finishing touch. When you’re in the kitchen, it casts a warm glow on your lovely cabinets!
5. Get the app to control the lighting
Imagine you’re watching TV and forgot to turn off the upstairs light while you were rushing to catch your favorite show. Alternatively, you may wish to switch on the lights in the living room before you get home to avoid entering a pitch-black residence. Lighting, window coverings, and temperature may all be controlled from your smartphone or tablet thanks to today’s simple applications. You may set your lights to have various settings such as “dinner party” or “wake-up time” with the push of a button.
6. Warm bulbs are where it’s at
Warm light bulbs are superior compared to cold LED lights. Your home will feel cozier and more inviting if the fixtures emit a warm light. You may also play with colors and get a more yellow or orange light depending on your preferences. Fairy lights can also look great in certain scenarios. Just try to figure out what works for your own personal space.
We all need light in our homes and luckily we can tweak the fixtures we already own or buy new ones to make our space feel fresh and more comfortable. Hopefully, the advice above has helped you make the most out of your living area!