Whether you are building a new home, remodeling an existing space, or just looking to create a better feel for a room, the right lighting can set the mood for most settings. Unfortunately, not all of us have the funds or resources to hire an artisan skilled in installing lighting. Luckily, with a little bit of research and some self-motivation, high quality lighting can still be achieved; and with less hassle than you can imagine. By following these three tips, you will have your space admired for its lighting as if it were installed by a professional.
Maximize Natural Light
Arguably the number one source of light everyone wants is natural light. The most common source of natural light is the sun. Utilizing as much sun light as the room can, provides a warm, comforting feel. Enlarging windows or building new ones is a great way to increase the sunlight in any room. A more subtle way to increase sunlight in a room is simply by changing curtains and cleaning the windows more often. It is important to remember that sunlight isn’t the only natural source. Fire is another impressive source for natural light. Candles and fireplaces can illuminate rooms with dancing flames, creating interactive imagery no other light source can easily produce.
Diversify Your Lighting Sources
Building upon the last idea of having a natural light source, it is very smart to diversify your lighting options. As we all know, the sun doesn’t shine brightly every day, and having the right arrangement of alternative light sources is a must. Being able to brighten a room with a large overhead ceiling light works in certain situations, but sometimes a more intimate side table lamp is all that is necessary for lighting the room. Having a least three lighting sources (general, specific, and ambient) per room is a good basic rule to follow.
Amplify Your Existing Ambiance
When you consider the lighting for a room, you really need to think of what the use of the room is. To have the same lighting that is in a kitchen be in the master bedroom wouldn’t work well for at least one of the two rooms, if not both of them. The three major types of home light that you should consider are ambient, task, and accent. Take these lighting types and utilize the way they are meant to in the rooms that need adjustments: make the bedroom warm and inviting, the kitchen clear and vibrant, and the study thought-provoking.
A fail safe plan for any lighting situation is use of a dimmer. The ability to adjust the brightness of any space will go light years beyond complex lighting systems and make the dullest of situations seem like bright ideas. Good luck and hopefully you found this article illuminating.