Home Lighting Help
The way a room is lit can make all the difference in the ambiance. A warmly lit room feels more comfortable then one that is improperly lit. In a future post, we’ll talk about using skylights and windows to increase the natural lighting. In this post, we hope to inspire you as well as give you a checklist of things to think about as you adjust a room for perfect lighting.
Choosing the Perfect Lighting for Your Home
Freshome.com has a post offering seven tips for choosing the perfect lighting for your home.
Determine what your lighting goals are: Direct or task lighting is focused in the space you are trying to work. Ambient or indirect lighting is used for ambiance and for overall lighting of a space. Once chosen you can begin to choose lighting options. Each room in your home should have a mood you want to set, as well as a function you want your lighting to serve.
Some of the tips were:
- Use exterior wall sconces for décor
- Provide lighting for safety and security on the exterior of your home
- Inside your home use multiple light sources for one space:
- For high ceilings and modern décor use recessed lighting
- In nurseries and kid’s rooms, remember night lighting
- In formal living and dining areas, research chandeliers wisely
Pottery Barn has a page displaying some of their lighting fixtures and ways to incorporate them. It’s inspiring to see how they can be used in a real home rather then just seeing them in a store display.
Need more detail?
WikiHow has a very comprehensive checklist organized by room. It will get you thinking about how a room is going to be used, and how you want the lights to be a part of that room.
An Interior Decorator’s Point of View
Some of the other resources were from a more practical standpoint. Here, an interior decorator discusses how to best incorporate lighting fixtures to pull a room together.
A successful lighting scheme that meets practical needs and creates atmosphere plays an important part in establishing the style and character of your home.
There’s more to home lighting than a central ceiling fixture backed up by a couple of wall or table lamps. A well-planned lighting scheme should be both practical and decorative.
You could change a room’s feel just by swapping out or moving around your existing lamps. What will you try first?