Lighting can seem like a very minor aspect of building or renovating your house but it’s actually something that deserves a lot of attention. It does more than just keep your interior visible at night. For instance, optimal lighting can be the difference between a good and bad sleep schedule. Furthermore, some research suggests that poor lighting may have an adverse effect on your mood and even contribute to depression.
That’s not all. Lighting can have a profound effect on the look of both your house’s interior and exterior. Neglecting to stylize your lighting can result in a very noticeable departure from the overall aesthetic of your home.
So now that you’re aware of the importance of it, here are some tips to ensure that the lighting in your home is the best it can be:
Determine What Each Room Needs
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is following the same lighting plan for every room in the house. However, in any house, each room has its own purpose meaning that the lighting needs will differ from one to the other. For instance, the bedroom is a place for relaxing activities like reading or watching TV while the living room serves to entertain guests and socialize. Therefore for the former, you may want to consider having more task lighting. For example, a tripod floor lamp beside the bed can serve as a reading light. For the kitchen, it is always recommended that you have lots of overhead lighting, especially covering the area where most of the cooking is done.
Similarly, you want to be attentive to the different sections in the outdoor area, keeping in mind the purpose that each serves. If you have a patio that you occasionally use for dining, you might want to consider using creative outdoor solutions such as string lights or other ambient lighting to set the desired mood.
Pick the Ideal Fixture for Each Room
Now that you’ve established a purpose for each room and decided what type of lighting would serve them best, it’s time to choose the right fixture to tie everything together. Following the earlier example of the kitchen, you may want to go with something like a pendant that allows for widespread overhead illumination and prevents glare at the same time.
In addition, fixtures contribute a lot to the design. You may especially want to pay a lot of attention to how well a certain fixture would fit in with the other elements in the room, in terms of both proportion and aesthetics.
Consider the Colour of the Paint
Take into consideration what colour a particular room is painted with, before finalizing on the lighting plans. Something simple as the fact that darker colours require more lighting is often overlooked during the planning stages. If you find that you’re not getting the desired level of illumination in a particular room even though you’ve installed a ton of different lights, consider painting it in a lighter shade.
Choose the Right Bulb
From the traditional incandescent bulbs to LED, homeowners have a variety of options to choose from nowadays. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on installation, then you might go for incandescent lighting. LED light bulbs, on the other hand, are expensive to install but save you a lot of money when it comes to energy consumption and maintenance.
When your home feels more relaxed, functional and attractive, you’ll be glad that you paid attention to the lighting details.