You can easily transform the look of a room through lighting. The lighting conditions in each room is one of the most important aspects to consider in your home. You can set the tone for a room, increase its functionality and reduce its visible shortcomings by lighting it properly. This does not mean that you have to necessarily light each and every part of your home with bright lights! Good lighting does not always translate to overzealous and bright lighting techniques and it would end up making your rooms look shabby.
Well-lit rooms are what you should go for, and it would definitely set the right ambience and illumination levels for the entirety of your house. The combination of light and shadow helps modify and sculpture the space and also makes the room more interesting and atmospheric.
Read on to find out the ways you can use lighting to improve the overall ambience of your home!
Stick to Functionality
Before lighting a room, you have to consider how you use the space. Will the room get most of its use in the day or in the evening? What activities take place there, and in what locations? If you plan on using the room for reading, for instance, you will need to display lamps beside each and every reading spot that you have allocated for your usage. If your room is used for television viewing, you should definitely incorporate illumination that can be adjusted to different settings, with light sources that will not reflect upon the television screen.
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If the room is used for the completion of a lot of tasks, general circulation, or by the elderly, you will definitely want to incorporate lighting that’s bright, uniform and uncluttered. What tends to happen with non-uniform lighting is that people will not be able to see and as a result, it becomes difficult to traverse through the room for elderly people. However, If the space that you have is used mostly for relaxation and chilling activities, turn down the illumination and boost your atmosphere!
Consider Your Overall Interior Design
The next thing that you have to do is take into consideration the room’s style. If your overall decor sports a contemporary outlook, you should definitely go for fewer lamps and incorporate more built-in lighting facilities, such as overhead ones. If your houses’ overall style is a bit more traditional, you can go for lamps, pendant lights and sconces can provide ample illumination and improve the look you’re trying to create considerably.
The Three Basic Types of Lighting
Ambient lighting method:
Lighting that provides overall illumination for a room. Ambient light can come from a ceiling fixture, recessed cans, torchieres or sconces.The light should be enough to illuminate the space fairly evenly and be bright enough for vacuuming, cleaning and/or other mundane tasks.
Pro Tip: If you don’t want to install or go for recessed lights or sconces, another option you could go for is to have an electrician hook up a wall switch connected to one or two of the room’s available outlets so that when you flip the switch several lamps come on at once!
Whatever you do, do not stop at the ambient style of lighting. There’s nothing more boring than a bedroom, for instance, with a single overhead fixture — it’s really flat, and boring, and doesn’t provide sufficient illumination for anything other than the most simplest tasks.
Task lighting method:
Lighting that illuminates areas where activities such as reading or cooking take place. More often than not these lighting methods are implemented through the use of a lamp or a hanging fixture. Task lighting should cast a pool of light that’s at least double the room’s ambient light, and should usually be placed in front of the person performing the task, to prevent his or her body from casting a shadow over the work surface. For reading, the light source should be located beside the person. A three-way bulb that is a maximum of 150 watts is ideal. If that’s not possible to implement in your home for some reason, try looking for a fixture that will accommodate a 100-watt bulb or two 60-watt bulbs. The bottom of the shade should be at perfect eye level to prevent glares.
Accent lighting method:
Lighting that highlights specific features in a room, such as an architectural element or a work of art is generally known as an accent light. It’s usually produced by track lights, a directional recessed can or a spotlight. Accent lighting is not as important as the other two methods, but it does add a great touch to the overall outlook of your interiors.
Highlight a painting by placing a wall-mounted “art” light above it, or highlight a decorative mantel with a track light or directional can light. Showcase the texture of some wall by installing recessed wall washers above it, or place an uplight behind a plant to accentuate its form or cast pleasing shadows. In the ideal sense, every room should include all three kinds of lighting, although you’re usually fine with just ambient and task lighting.
Dim Lighting Techniques
The “public” and “open” spaces in your home should have at least two lighting levels: a bright one for tasks or festivities, and a dimmer one for relaxing or more subdued gatherings. You can achieve that variety by varying the lights you turn on, or with dimmers.