You must have heard this far too often that lighting of any place makes it or breaks it. Well, it is indeed true! It is true with all the sites and especially your house. Your house is one place where you spend most of your time.
In daily activities, you might seldom notice this, but bad lighting makes a lousy impression and degrades the house’s look. Regardless of how much money or effort you put into building your house, it is all in vain if the illumination is not proper. The notion that might arise in your head would be installing new conventional lights and fixing the broken ones. Well, that is not always enough!
Lights have their separate section today in designing a house. Earlier, you would shop for all the things for your home all at once, but today, light shopping is a separate entity. Despite this, not many people are aware of it.
We recommend you follow our advice to lighten your house in a better way. These tips will not only make things easier for you, but even when someone visits your home, they are bound to drop their jaws. Here are a few bits of advice on lighting that we strongly recommend to you, regardless of your own kind of house. Walls were only meant to separate rooms in the past, and decorate them a bit, at most. They never used for illumination back in the day. Today it is a widely popular trend that is recommendable to most. There is a myriad of variety available today in wall lighting. These lights range right from ancient lamps to modern LEDs. You can install them however you want, and they will still do the job. E.g., you can install LED strips behind your TV wall; these will not strain your eyes and give an aesthetic appeal.
This form of lighting is known for many years now, used in different forms. It is quite common. Yet to do it right requires some homework and research. The ceiling lights include many types of lighting, conventional LEDs, spotlights, and hanging lights. These lights should be selected only as per the theme of the room or the house. Choosing a naked bulb in an English concept is no less than a disaster. It is similar to all the other themes as well. There are a plethora of ceiling lights available today so that you can choose the aptest one for you. Their primary advantage is that they spread the light across the place evenly.
Lighting Tips for Every Room
When it comes to lighting your home, there’s no such thing as “one light fits all.” Each room is its own ecosystem and plays a unique role in the way you, your family, and your guests live and interact. As such, each room has highly specific lighting requirements in which many factors need to be taken into consideration.
One of the most common lighting mistakes people make is assuming that one type of lighting — especially dreaded overheads — will suffice when putting a room together. Interior designers will be the first to tell you that sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, lighting works best when it’s used in layers. There are three main types of indoor lighting to consider and, ideally, each room will include all of them. They are:
- Ambient Lighting: When it comes to lighting in a room, this is the substance. It typically comprises 75% of a room’s lighting and ensures you can walk around and not bump into the furniture. Also known as general lighting, ambient light fills the majority of the room and allows you to move around safely. It usually comes from recessed lighting, track lighting, or wall-mounted fixtures.
- Task Lighting: This type of bright, focused lighting is key to helping you perform your everyday tasks and chores, from chopping veggies in the kitchen to brushing your teeth in the bathroom. As the name suggests, task lights are used to assist you in completing a particular function. This could be anything from desk lamps to pendant lights that hang over a kitchen island.
- Accent Lighting: Accent lighting is used to highlight a particular focal point, such as a piece of wall art. Picture lights, wall-mounted fixtures or track lighting are common, and dimmers are often used on these features to provide mood lighting.
This is a decorative element that is applied as the finishing touch of a room. It’s particularly useful for enhancing coves, tray ceilings and trims.
Now, let’s take a closer look at how you can go about lighting each room of your home.
Living and Family Rooms
These are rooms where you typically spend a lot of time engaging in activities like watching TV, reading, hanging out with friends and using a laptop. Therefore, the concept of layered lighting is critical here. The ambient light that bounces off the ceiling works great, as it suits the tendency for the eye to perceive vertical planes.
You can further enhance your ability to read, play table games and myriad other things with task lighting such as table lamps, apothecary-style reading lamps or well-placed wall sconces.
With a focus on the functions of food prep and cleanup, as well as serving as a gathering spot, the kitchen, perhaps more than any other space in your home, needs a balance of layered tasks and ambient lighting. A basic lighting plan for your kitchen might consist of a central ceiling-mounted fixture providing ambient light, as well as task lighting for the counters and over the sink where you do most of your work.
Bathrooms emphasize personal grooming, so a properly lit mirror is critical to good functionality. For ambient lighting, avoid central ceiling-mounted fixtures that can cast shadows, and instead opt for well-placed wall sconces.
As for task lighting, which is critical to proper grooming, choose a bath bar that casts plenty of light. Made from hand-forged recycled steel with a dark-stained wood accent, this modern wall light showcases the beauty of exposed bulbs with three light sources unencumbered by shades.
When lighting your dining room, your primary focus should be illuminating the table with both ambient and task lighting, and perhaps even some accent lighting. Dimmers work especially well in this room, as they provide flexibility in establishing the exact atmosphere you wish to create while entertaining.
A basic lighting plan here consists of a chandelier above the table and a couple of wall sconces flanking the most prominent areas of the dining table for balance. The dining room is also prime for really showing off your design style through your lighting choices.
Due to the relaxing nature of a bedroom, ambient lighting that can be easily dimmed is essential. Overhead, lighting that’s well-diffused by frosted glass or other material will create ambience without harsh glare. For some variety, you could also go for floor lamps, architectural lighting, or a pair of sconces flanking a wall mirror.
If you’re like many people, your primary goal in your bedroom is to 1) have a well-lit closet, and 2) do things like read by the bed. This is where task lighting comes into play.
7 Big Mistakes You Make Lighting Your Home
Lighting a room seems easy enough: Plug in a lamp, flip a switch, and voilà! What was once dark is now bright. But certain missteps can cause a comfy space to feel, well, off.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
You Don’t Think in Layers.
It seems easy enough to install a row of recessed lights in a room and call it a day, but this strategy will ultimately disappoint.
“Homeowners tend to light rooms like they’re hosting a convention — too much overhead light,” says Robert Gross, an architect at Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design. “This doesn’t add any warmth or character to a room.”
Overhead lighting is a go-to option in many spaces, but it’s often not enough. If you omit task lighting, like floor lamps and table lamps, reading on your couch or writing at your desk could strain your eyes. And if you only install can light in your bedroom, you won’t get the cozy quality that bedside lamps can provide.
Plus, a variety of light sources make your common areas more flexible. Ambient (overhead) lighting will come in handy when you’re hosting large holiday parties, but you’ll crave the intimacy of a table lamp when it’s just you curled up with a magazine.
You Dismiss Dimmer Switches.
Many of the designers we spoke to named this mistake as a major pet peeve. “Dimmers are the best-kept secret of lighting design,” says interior designer Jeff Fiorito. “They allow you to control your lighting from day to night, for various events, and depending on your mood.” A quaint dinner party simply isn’t so quaint if your dining room is lit up like a stadium.
You Forget About Where Shadows Might Fall.
Place a light in the wrong spot, and you could create more of a problem than a solution. Shadows can plague your kitchen workspace, too. “If the kitchen can light are positioned above the edge of the counter, when you stand at the counter to work, you cast a shadow exactly where you need the light,” says Christine Beehler of Beehler Kitchens. Solve this problem by installing under-cabinet lighting.
Notice the same overhead shadow problem in your office? Make sure your desk has a task lamp.
You Pick the Wrong Size Fixture.
Try these design tricks from Wayfair for picking the right size chandelier: Add together the room’s height and width in feet. That number, in inches, should be the approximate diameter of your chandelier. In dining rooms, you should choose a chandelier that’s one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width.
You Don’t Position Lamps at a Helpful Height.
“The bottom of a pendant light should be 30 to 36 inches above a kitchen island,” says interior designer Noelle Micek. “The bottom of a chandelier should be 66 inches from the floor in a dining room, and when you’re sitting next to a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be at shoulder height. If the lamp is too tall, you’ll be blinded by the bulb!”
You Don’t Consider Your Room’s Paint Colour.
No matter how many lights you place in a room, it just won’t have that light, airy feeling if the walls are too dark. This seems obvious, but even slightly different hues in the same colour family can make a difference. “I painted my kitchen a greyish tan, and it caused the room to appear very dark,” says home rehabber Jaquetta Turner. “Repainting it with a lighter tan colour will brighten it up.”
You Forget That Lights Consume Energy.
OK, so you’re probably not totally oblivious to this fact, but taking stock of what bulbs you use is important. Longer-lasting CFL and LED bulbs can cost more upfront but can save you money over time. Of course, they won’t be perfect in every space; for instance, they often don’t work with dimmers.