Is the lighting in your home as good as it should be? Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t pay enough attention to this aspect of their homes. However, by making certain changes to your home’s lighting system, you can turn your property into a much more relaxing and enjoyable place. Below are some important lighting tips for your home.
Placement of Lights
Where you place the light fittings in each room of your home is crucial. Different rooms are used for different types of activities, so each type of room requires different lighting solutions.
In a sitting room or dining room, you may wish to have a light that focuses on a particular feature, such as a table, plant or other eye-catching item. You may also want to consider installing LED wall lights that are not too bright and add to the mood and atmosphere.
In your kitchen, you need more light, especially when you’re preparing food or doing other work, so overhead lighting and lighting that is built in to your kitchen fittings would be required. A bathroom would usually require a combination of overhead lighting and sidelights, while a bedroom would be enhanced by installing sconces, reading lamps and a main overhead light.
Sometimes you don’t need to rely on a lighting system to brighten up the interior of your home. Instead, you could find ways to allow natural light to enter certain rooms. For instance, adding a skylight or a new window could transform a dark, shadowy room into a fresh and inviting area. Adding mirrors to reflect light into your home is another smart and affordable way to illuminate your house.
At different times, you may have different lighting requirements. Sometimes you may wish to add to the mood of a room by reducing the amount of light in that room, while at other times you may prefer to have a brighter room. This is where dimmers can come to the rescue and give you more flexibility and choice.
Lighting and Decor
Unfortunately, many homeowners go into a lighting store and simply purchase a lighting system they like without considering whether or not it matches the decor in the room it will be installed in. To avoid this situation, it’s a good idea to take some photos or videos of a particular room and ask for advice from a lighting expert about what lighting system would be the best match. An interior designer or similar expert could also help you make a much more informed buying decision.
Get Inspired by Others
Some people have no idea what type of lighting system they should fit in their homes. If this is the case, you have to look for inspiration. Visiting other people’s homes and finding out more about their lighting is one way you can do this. Visiting a number of different lighting stores is another option and this exercise will give you a greater feel for the lighting systems that are available and which ones would suit your house.
Lighting your home properly has the potential to improve your home in many different ways. Following the tips above will ensure that this becomes a reality.