As a homeowner, you always want the best fixtures and accessories to decorate the different areas of the home. When you start using a room, you realize that some places don’t have much light. The reverse could also be true – some areas could be too bright. Good lighting creates warm and inviting spaces as well as style. You don’t need home renovations to brighten up areas if you know how to use light fixtures strategically. It is possible to fix some significant lighting issues by rearranging and using different lights.
Issues to consider when choosing lighting
- Creating the wrong ambience: You should first look at the space you are working in. For instance, you don’t want to put bright lighting in a bedroom. Bright lights make it hard to relax before going to sleep. One way to fix this problem is to use dimmers to adjust the amount of light as needed. Use low wattage bulbs for bedside lamps.
- Choosing only one type of lighting: Choosing one single kind of lighting or lighting fixture for the entire house: is not innovative. The size of your light fixtures should vary by the size of the room. A large living room will require a more prominent light fixture. Small fixtures in a spacious room will not provide suitable illumination.
- Taking advantage of natural light: There are ways to maximize the light provided by windows. Consider the window treatments you want in a specific space and type of furniture. Arrange furniture in a way to maximize light entering the room – you can maximize energy savings too.
- Not understanding size and space: This might seem obvious, but mistakes still happen. Consider the size of a room and its utility before deciding on light fixtures. Recessed lighting works well in kitchens and bathrooms if the ceilings are not very high. It would be best if you placed a chandelier in a foyer with lofty ceilings to illuminate the space well. Recessed lighting in this space will make it look gloomy.
- Forgetting about dark corners or eliminating shadows: Use layering techniques in rooms with shadowy corners. Use more ambient lighting and accent lights to brighten up a room and make it cozy. Doing so will make the space warm and an excellent place to relax. Use warm lights instead of white to add to the atmosphere.
- Overdoing it with lighting fixtures: Think of the space you want to light up. If you are working on areas like the study, the kitchen, living room, or bathroom, you need enough lighting to be able to work. Adding enough lighting over the sink and other areas will make a kitchen look more inviting.
- Forgetting to illuminate décor/ art, architectural features, or focal points: Lights over pictures and lighting in niches with artwork is a subtle way to draw attention to your décor. It is underrated and not used enough in spite of the benefits offered. Add lights to draw attention to a unique piece of furniture or an architectural feature.
Lighting plays a critical role in interiors and can be enhanced based on the fixtures you choose. You can select different fixtures during a home renovation to address problem areas. Even if you are not renovating, you can add a few more lights to create the right ambience and mood in your home.