How to light your home right
Lighting is an easy and sure way to transform the look and ambience of your home. When done properly, it will highlight the room’s assets, conceal its shortcomings and help make it more functional. It can make your home go from dark and dreary to happy and chirpy, all with a flick of a switch. And yet, lighting is often overlooked when setting up a home or even renovating, resulting in spaces that often don’t come through to their fullest potential. This is because, not all kinds of lighting will work for every space. Depending on its functionality, a room needs to be illuminated at different levels.
If you truly want to light right, here’s our quick and easy guide to help you get started…
- Your room needs multiple light sources: Don’t rely on a singular light source for lighting up your room. Layer your lighting with a mix of table lamps, overhead and floor lamps for more warmth and comfort. When you use a mix of different light sources, you make your areas more flexible and functional. If you’re thinking of a party during the holidays, ambient lighting (overhead) may be your best bet. But, think of cosying up with a book on the couch, and a table lamp with its soft glow is irresistible. If you want to go down the luxe route, wall sconces and accent lighting behind furniture units is a great way to create a soft and inviting ambience.
2. Don’t ignore the dimmers: Another interesting way to layer your space with lights is with the use of dimmers and soft white bulbs. After all, no one enjoys the feeling of being in the spotlight with an overhead light above that is excessively bright. Also dimmers are very useful in setting mood and ambience, any way you like.
3. Consider your room’s paint colour: No matter how many lights you place in your home, if your paint colour isn’t the right shade, it will do little to brighten your spaces. So take note early.
Expert Tips from D.tales
1. Use lighting and decoration for a first impression:
– Use a contemporary pendant to provide optimised illumination and create a welcoming atmosphere.
– Go for quality. Not only will it stand out more, but it will live through time.
2. Make sure to size the decorative fixture to the space.
– Not all foyers can accommodate a large chandelier, so make sure the size proportions are correct. Likewise, if you have a larger space, you’ll need a larger fixture.
Lighting tips for different areas of your home:
Kitchen: The kitchen is the busiest and the most hard-working area of your home. The focus has to be on overhead lighting with dimmers that can be turned up while cooking. With that don’t forget to add in lower lights to illuminate work surfaces. Work with a mix of pendant lights, under cabinet lighting and open shelf lighting for more functionality.
Dining room: Make your dining area shine with a chandelier or pendant light suspended above the dining table, at a maximum wattage of 100W. But let that not be the only source of lighting in your dining room. To lend a soft and uplifting vibe in the rest of the room, we recommend the use of wall sconces and table lamps.
Bathroom: If you thought that only overhead lighting was going to suffice in your bathroom, think again! These lights tend to cast unflattering shadows and hence, you need supplementary light sources for a more inviting ambience. Think light sconces next to the mirror as a decorative addition.
Living room: The living room is ideal for entertaining and lounging. Select lighting options that work for both functions. A combination of floor and table lamps with upward and downward lighting along with a decorative overhead pendant lighting is lovely to give the room an instant wow factor.
Bedroom: Reading lamps or wall sconces by the bedside are cosy, while accent lighting behind artworks and your bed, work instantly to add luxury. Overhead lighting needs to be angled away from the bed while using lamps with low-wattage bulbs lends a very candlelight-like ambience to the overall space.
Also remember to make the most of that beautiful winter sunshine making its way inside your home during daytime. Let the outdoor lighting in, and watch it light up your spaces more beautifully than you could have ever imagined. Select the right style of windows and window treatments to maximise the natural lighting indoors.
Stay tuned in for more tips and ideas on creating happy and cheerful spaces for your family and yourself this season!
Feature photo courtesy: Waterfall chandelier, Luxxu