How to Design Perfect Lighting in Your Home

Your home design would be visible and practical only half of the time if there wasn’t for lighting, yet still, people don’t think twice when designing this part of the home. If you want to make your place look completely finished and tied together, it’s crucial to pay more attention to illumination. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when taking care of your lighting so write them down and start designing illumination improvements today!

Lamps are a must

This is the typical mistake people make when designing their home—not including any lamps in the design. General, overhead lighting is a given, and there are honestly amazing solutions to this type of lighting. But this is where most homeowners call it a day. Well, in order to create a cozy ambience in your home, it’s necessary to have light coming from different sources and levels. And since lamps come in all imaginable designs, you’ll get to find something for your space no matter the size, style, material and color you’re looking for. And don’t be scared to mix up the styles and use your lamps as not only lighting but decoration.

Pendants for the kitchen island

There’s no better way to boost productivity and style in the kitchen than with hanging pendants. These not only add more task light to your kitchen work triangle but also add style to the space. Divide the space (island, peninsula or breakfast nook) into three with a trio of hanging pendants. And don’t be scared to go quite sculptural and intricate here, especially if the rest of your kitchen is very minimalist. These pendants can serve as a great focal point to the space if you strike the right shape. Just make sure to set them up to the right height so you don’t bonk your head every time you need to work in the area.

Consider changing your doors

What do doors have to do with lighting? Well, they have the potential to add a lot of natural light to your space. If you have classic doors, consider replacing them with some French-style ones with incorporated window panes. These will add a lot of style, life and new light to your interior while still offering privacy. And for the backdoor, consider opening up the space to your yard with large balcony doors. And don’t worry about critters and mosquitos when you can install retractable fly screens for protection. With fly screens, you can keep your doors completely open and let the light and breeze flow through your home yet keep the unwanted buzzers out.

Use light curtains

The best lighting is definitely natural lighting, so try as hard as you can to boost it in your home. But, it’s impossible to leave your windows bare and feel comfortable in your space—everyone can peak inside and harm your privacy and comfort. So instead of installing boring blinds, you can opt for lightweight curtains. These look amazing in any kitchen, living room or lounge, especially when the breeze hits them and they give a little flutter. And the beauty with these curtains is that plenty of light can come inside and you can even see a bit of outside, but from the outside in, visibility is more or less non-existent!

Highlight the art

Every wall deserves some form of art on it, but make sure to highlight it with the right lighting. This is especially important for hallways, living rooms or guest toilets, where art might not stand out naturally. Proper art illumination creates that museum or gallery feeling while also making your art stand out in all the right ways. With the right lighting, your art will get a whole new dimension of color, texture and life. Ceiling-mounted accent lights are always a good solution that won’t break the bank, but there are also track lights, wall washers and dedicated picture lights.

Add dimmers

Dimmers are a teeny tiny investment that can bring you amazing results. By adding dimmers to your lighting fixtures, you can adjust every light in your home to your liking and create the desired atmosphere. When you need to keep the attention of your housemates high, you can blast the lights but when you can want a more relaxing and intimate atmosphere, turn the dimmers down. It’s a great way to play with shadows and accents and make your space feel comfortable no matter the activity you’re engaged in.

Choose the right tone

And lastly, not all light tones are suitable for every room. For instance, white tones should be reserved for ceiling lighting and functional rooms like the kitchen, office, etc. Yellow lights are much better suited for places of relaxation like the living room and bedrooms.

Home illumination should not be taken for granted, but the good news is that you can always come back and improve it using the tips above. Good luck with your design and have fun with it!

Carolin Petterson

Carolin Petterson is a businesswoman and content marketer with years of experience under her belt. She has had the opportunity to contribute to a number of popular business and marketing websites.

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