How to light your home like an interior designer
Regardless of the size and specifics of your home, there are always lighting tricks you can keep in mind. You don’t need to be an interior designer, or an expert on lighting, to make the most of what you have. While different spaces have their pros and cons, with regards to things like lighting or interior design, there are universal tips that virtually anyone can keep in mind.
Lighting your room properly can completely transform a space. Light plays a vital role in creating the mood for a space. Without the right attention to this detail, your home isn’t going to look as inviting as you want it to be. This can be particularly annoying if you are currently in the process of trying to sell your home.
Nonetheless, here are some tips and suggestions that can help you to show off the true potential of your home.
- Breaking it down into 3 steps: Most of your room's lighting needs can be broken down into three steps. The first step is to address the general lighting of your space, which covers about 75% of the total lighting for the room. The second step involves task lighting, which is lighting for specific tasks (like reading, or cooking). The third step involves accent lighting, which are the small touches that will help to bring your space to life. When buying lights, ask yourself whether the goal is to purchase general, task, or accent lighting.
- Opt for complete control: Dimmer switches and similar products can give you the ability to control the three elements of good lighting that we mentioned above. Dimmers are simple to install and budget-friendly, so in most cases you can do it yourself in a few minutes. Keep in mind that controlling the light means being able to create the right blend of general lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting based upon the time of day and the mood you want the room to project.
- Use the same colors: From one room to the next, try to remain consistent with the colors of your lightbulbs. Different bulbs give off different lights, and you generally don’t want a room with several completely different examples of light coming through unless there are specific architectural elements that you are highlighting.
- Think about the fixture style: Considering the fixture style of a certain room can be a great way to figure out your lighting needs. For example, if you have more modern fixtures in your living room, then lighting that emphasizes clean lines is probably going to be your best bet. Still, one way to create a 'wow factor' in a room is to think of your lighting as the centerpiece. Have a look at our industrial nautical lighting as a great example for using lighting to create an impression.
These are just a few simple lighting tips to help you improve your space. Have a look at our .