When a lot people think about the interiors of their homes, lighting is often considered an afterthought. This usually happens when you take it is a utilitarian part of a room, rather than a means to add aesthetic value. If you get the lighting right, it can be a subtle element that takes your design to another level. This lighting guide is written to provide you with the information you'll need to light all the rooms in your home effortlessly. Read the tips and advice provided and try to keep them in mind because there may come a time when you'll need to make some changes to your existing home lighting or you'll want to build a whole new layout from the beginning.
Know The Options Available
A common mistake people make when lighting their home is to assume that a single type of lighting (usually dreaded overhead lights) will be sufficient for a room when putting it together. Many interior designers agree and will tell their clients that sentiments are wrong in this type of work. In truth, the best way lighting works is when it is used in different layers. Indoor lighting is of 3 main types and in an ideal setting, each room should include all of these lightings. They are:
1. Ambient Lighting
This is also called general lighting and it usually fills many areas of the room. Ambient light allows people to safely move around. Usually, it comes from wall-mounted fixtures, recessed lighting or track lighting.
2. Accent Lighting
This type of lighting is mainly used to shed light on a particular area or highlight a certain item, such as a mantelpiece antique or a piece of art. Such lighting usually comes from wall-mounted fixtures, track lighting or picture lights. Also, dimmers are used in conjunction with these kinds of features to create mood lighting.
3. Task Lighting
As it can be deduced from the name, these types of lighting are generally used to help in carrying out a certain function or task. This ranges from pendant lights used in kitchens to desk lamps.
Now that you're aware of the various lighting options available, it's time we decide where and how to position the light sources in the rooms. Ultimately, this is usually determined by personal preference but there are a few great standard layouts.
If you are not sure of where to begin, we hope these guides on each room can inspire you:
You should begin with a chandelier overhead or a nice pendant light. After that, supplement it with a floor or table lamp.
For this areas, it is advisable you use recessed or track lighting throughout.
If there is a particular seating area in the room, center it with an overhead fixture that is larger.
Additionally, use floor lamps to shed light in shadowy corners.
If you also own a buffet or any other large piece of furniture, try to consider using a table lamp.
Lighting a dining room is one of the easiest to do. The main source of light should be coming from a big chandelier or pendant light that's fixed above the dining table. However, if there are some additional dark or shadowy corners, a table or floor lamp can be used to supplement.
Lighting a kitchen is usually a complex process. It is recommended you start by using some recessed lighting. Main areas such as the dining table and kitchen island should have chandeliers or overhead pendants. The work areas will also benefit if you implement under-cabinet lighting. Additionally, you could fix certain task sources at areas like the stove and sink.
Normally, bedrooms should have a major light source fixed overhead. Also, table lamps should be placed on dressers and nightstands.
The fixtures that are commonly used for this room are recessed lighting. In addition, you could fix task lights above the mirror or if you want a dramatic touch, you could add an overhead light source around the bathtub.
For these areas, use recessed lighting or go for a large, overhead light source. In seating areas and dark corners, make sure you add floor or table lamps. Finally, make sure your main workspace has a desk lamp.
What we mainly mean when we are talking about lighting fixtures' sizes is those overhead pieces that make a statement. There is a simple formula that can be used to determine the best size of lights to buy. The main thing is to get the diameter right. For example, if your bedroom was 12 ft. by 10 ft., 12 + 10 = 22, so the diameter of your fixture will be 22 inches. Choosing a perfect lighting can really elevate the general atmosphere and beauty of a room. .