It may sound simple, but good lighting is one of your home’s most important design elements. More lighting in your home impacts the ambiance and mood of any space, adding warmth and a welcoming feel to your home.
Getting your home’s lighting, however, can be a tricky business. Many homeowners want to improve their homes but are often put off by the cost of replacing light fixtures or are overwhelmed with the decisions they have to make. After all, not everyone has the time or resources to shop for lights or get in touch with electrical companies .
But ensuring your home is well-lit need not be a difficult task. There are many other ways you can bring light and life into space without having to organize a renovation or overhaul your fixed lighting. With stylish and cost-effective accessories available, there are a few ways to improve the lighting in your home.
Choose a Point of Focus
Not all lamps and chandeliers should be the same size. Otherwise, your eyes will look for visual clarity without landing on any image. In a smaller room, add vintage sconces or floor lamps to emphasize the room’s wall art.
Make Your Lighting Smart
The continuous growth of home automation and smart home technology is enough to convince you to install smart lighting. You can easily control smart light bulbs and lights. For instance, you can turn them on or off with your voice via a smart speaker, such as Amazon‘s Echo. You can control your lights just by speaking, as well as adjust the color hue and light strength by using your phone.
Before, homeowners considered the installation of dimmers as costly and tedious since it requires rewiring and refitting lights within the house. Fortunately, there is new smart bulb technology, which provides an easy and cost-effective way to control and automate the lighting in your home.
Choose the Right Type of Light Bulb
Light fixture styles are not your only consideration when thinking about improving your lighting. Consider the type of light globe you choose, as well. When shopping for bulbs, the globe must be appropriate to the light design and it must suit the intended purpose of each room’s lighting.
For example, you want to use the lighting to create a warm and welcoming feel. Shop for warm white globes to achieve this feel. On the other hand, if you want to add more light to your study nook or kitchen countertop, shop for a globe that offers strong lighting.
There are many types of lighting bulbs available: Halogen, LED and more (plus other ranges that include hues from cool to warm). With so many options available, however, making a decision can be confusing, especially if you don’t have the right information. Seek recommendations from lighting experts to keep a room for looking as if they’re under surgery lights.
Practice Layer Lighting for a Balanced Effect
When it comes to lighting, layers matter. Strike the best balance by aiming for three light sources in every space, including your foyer or powder room. For smaller spaces, reduce the size of the light fixtures and bulb wattage to use a few square feet. Never ignore the accent layer so you can highlight more details in your rooms.
Feature Lights and Lamps
Lamps and feature lights add charm and character to your home. The right combination and selection of lights at different heights can transform any room instantly. Lighting can highlight any architectural features or artwork. Use an LED strip lighting if you’re looking for feature and functional lighting. This type of LED lighting creates a warm and lovely glow to any space.
Other Bright Ideas to Illuminate Your Space:
- Add accent lights. Add decorative lights under curios or paintings to bring attention to them. While most accent lights require wiring, some lights can be easily plugged into the wall.
- Eliminate shadows. Shadows cast a dark feel over any room and poorly placed lights are to blame. Light your rooms evenly to prevent shadows.
- Add light to the stairs. Going up and down the stairs in the dark can be hazardous. Add some light along the stairs. The additional light will help your family or visitors easily navigate their way through your home.
As much as windows and walls make up your home, lights still bring much life to any room. Natural light is preferable but artificial light can help. Create the perfect environment for family and friends with the best lighting possible.