Lighting your home intelligently creates a safe, presentable environment. Without proper lighting you may run into security issues at worst or at best, you’ll dampen the mood in your home. Move around your home with ease and complete daily tasks efficiently by lighting your home with a plan in mind. Do you want to live in a comfortable, high energy environment? Use these tips for lighting your home.
Assess Dark Areas
Any room with dark-colored paint and furniture requires special attention in the lighting department. Since dark colors absorb lighting consider adding a small lamp or ceiling lights to lift the mood in such areas. Imagine walking into a dark-colored room at midnight; light is at an absolute premium in this setting. Think of creative ways to supplement lighting in a tasteful manner which fits the décor of the room. Subtle works best.
Show Off Your Show Offs
Do you have artwork or other decorations you wish to show off? Add a spotlight to such works if you want to showcase them. It’s easy for artwork to play second fiddle to large pieces of furniture in a poorly lit room. Make decorations the centerpieces of your room by adding lighting devoted to showcasing these items.
Consider a nice wall-based spotlight for a painting. Use track lighting to accent wall textures. Plan lighting before you hang artwork to create the intended pop that grab’s drifting attention spans. Just a little bit of effective lighting can make all the difference in the world when it comes to showing off cherished decorations.
Gauge the Mood
Some areas in your home may require less lighting to create a more peaceful, serene spot while other rooms demand intense lighting for a more high energy mood. Kitchen spaces could be accented with ample lighting to create an inviting, energetic environment where you can operate effectively. You don’t want to squint while reading recipes or adding ingredients to your latest confectionery delight.
Consider a different approach for your dining area. Perhaps you want a romantic environment for enjoying dinner with your husband or wife. Set up lighting to reflect this mood.
Plan how you intend for each area in your home to feel before considering lighting options. This planning phase will inspire you to find the right mix between light and shadows for every room in your home.
High Traffic Areas
High traffic areas such as the entrance to your home or kitchen should be well lit. Avoid tripping into your home or stumbling with a midnight snack on a fateful trip into the kitchen. Use ample lighting for increased safety.
Don’t forget about stairwells. More than a few people have sustained painful injuries walking up and down poorly-lit stairs at night. Place light switches and overhead lighting fixtures in strategic spots to avoid a trip to the emergency room