5 Tips to Light Up Your Home
Choosing lighting for your home can either be exciting or overwhelming. The styles of fixtures and features of lighting options allow you to explore your creative side, but if you don’t know where to begin, it is easy to get piled beneath all of the choices you need to make.
We go through five basics of what to consider when lighting a room. By being purposeful in your lighting choices, you will be able to create the exact mood you want, illuminated for all to see.
When you walk into an updated home with outdated fixtures, the entire house feels old. Replacing lighting fixtures is one of the quickest and easiest ways to enhance the look of any room. Light fixtures come in just about any style, shape, or color, which makes shopping for lighting fixtures so much fun!
Mix and match styles to create the lighting you need with the style you desire. Bold, decorative overhead lighting can be paired with a table lamp or recessed lighting, while a rustic chandelier can match with some wall sconces. Think of your lighting fixtures as pieces of art that illuminate your home. What do you want to look at every day?
Size and Height
The size of your lighting fixture will depend on a few factors: the size of the room, the height of the ceiling, and the style you want to portray.
Generally speaking, large rooms with high ceilings can handle larger lighting fixtures. If you have a large dining room table, you can also feature a large chandelier.
The height of lighting fixtures will also be dependant on the specifics of the room. In the dining room, a chandelier should hang 30 to 36 inches above the dining table. In other areas of the home, there should be at least seven feet of clearance between the floor and the lighting fixture.
The placement of overhead lighting is relatively straightforward, but accent and task lighting require some more thought. Lamps, wall sconces, and recessed lighting will all highlight different parts of the room. Being intentional and strategic will allow you to feature artwork on the walls, create a reading area in the living room, or light up dark working spaces in the kitchen. When completely remodeling a room, think about lighting right from the start in case any additional electrical work is required to complete your vision.
Style and placement are important, but those elements are lost with the wrong lightbulb. With countless lightbulb choices, it can be difficult to know which will create the glow you are after. For a room with cool colors such as whites, blues, and grays, you may want to warm up the space with bulbs that omit warm lighting hues. For a room with warm colors, you can choose a lightbulb with cool tones.
Dimmable lights are especially helpful for achieving the perfect glow. By installing a high-wattage lightbulb, you can use the dimmer to create the perfect amount of light for the mood, activity, or lighting needs at the moment.
Many people think about overhead lighting and neglect other options. The best lighting uses layers. While fixture styles and light bulb choices are endless, there are just three main types of interior lighting: ambient, task, and accent. By incorporating all three in each room, you will create ideal lighting.
- Ambient lighting is what most people first think of when they consider lighting options. Also known as general lighting, ambient lighting fills the majority of the room, and is usually controlled by the main light switch. Overhead lighting, recessed lighting, track lighting, and wall-mounted fixtures are all examples of ambient lighting.
- Task lighting is used to help you in a particular task, whether it is chopping vegetables in the kitchen or reading a book in the living room. Under cabinet lighting or pendant lights over the island work as task lighting in the kitchen, while table lamps are often used for reading or paperwork.
- Accent lighting highlights a focal point. Commonly used to draw attention to art or decor pieces, accent lighting can include picture lights, wall sconces, and track lighting.
Choosing lighting fixtures has more to do than lighting up a room. Lighting incorporates style, mood, and function in every room. We love exploring new lighting options in the homes we renovate.
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