Do not decorate until you read about these home lighting ideas.
Rooms with the wrong lighting can definitely have an effect on your mood. Try reading in a room that has the tendency to be on the dark side or relaxing with an overhead light fixture with a 100 watt bulb in it. It’s doable but not recommended nor is it preferred. However, getting the right ingredients at the right time will make all the difference. So trust me lighting matters. Let’s start with the basics.
It is not enough to only use one type of lighting in your home. You will have different purposes for your rooms so you will need lighting that serves those purposes. The number one rule is to create layers with your lighting.
Not all spaces will just have one function so layering provides flexibility in a space. If you intend to have a multipurpose room, it is recommended that you install dimmers. This way you can add table lamps, sconces and even some track lighting to set the mood when you are ready to wind down.
Be consistent with your bulb colors. Not all bulbs give off the same white light and there are a few different shades you can choose from. The different shades are known as color temperatures and they range from soft white to daylight.
One of the more popular shades are the LED lights which fall into the category of warm color temperatures. I prefer to use the LED lights in the bedroom, living room or any space where I want to create a relaxing atmosphere.
This choice in lighting works well with a rustic look and earthy tones. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 basic layers of lighting-ambient, accent and task. There is actually a lighting formula to lighting a room with the appropriate amount of light. The metric used here is Standard. We are measuring feet in this equation.
Room width x Room length x 1.5= Amount of watts to light a room appropriately
The most general lighting or commonly used lighting is ambient. Ambient lighting can be considered the “natural light” that fills the rooms or it can just be hitting the light switch. This type of lighting will prevent you from hurting yourself as you move around the room and it comes in many forms. You can intensify the natural sunlight that comes in through the windows by painting the walls white.
Opt for chandeliers and pendants in the foyer area or in spaces with higher ceilings. Recessed lighting is great for ceilings of any height and will bring warmth into your space. You may want to consider these LED home lighting ideas if white walls are not your thing. Show appreciation for ambient lighting by making it apart of the decor. Create an exceptional focal point by using an LED strip to highlight a few wall mirrors.
When the lights are off this masterpiece on display will definitely be a mood changer. LED lights can also be used for under cabinet lighting or to light up your kitchen drawers for some flare and function. Another show stopper is to highlight a wall mounted TV with back lighting.
Accent lighting is pretty much what it says. It accents or focuses on a particular object or area of your choice. Create visual interest with some up lighting. Uplighting is the term used to describe light towards the ceiling. It involves using fixtures such as wall lights or sconces that should be mounted higher than normal to draw the light upwards. Highlighting a painting or decorative piece in this way will definitely make an exquisite statement.
You can bring life to that dark hallway by installing some track lighting and using them to accent your beautiful family photos. The flexibility of track lighting allows you to change direction of the light for more accent options. Choose recessed lighting to accent special features of your home and to give the illusion of a bigger space.
Poor lighting can turn the smallest project into a chore so you will need to incorporate some task lighting. Task lighting is aimed at stimulating productivity until a particular task has been completed. Although this type of lighting is thought to be for a specific purpose only and not necessarily for decorating there are many ways to add a decorative flare.
Brighter bulbs will allow you to see better so choose a lamp that can be mounted with a swing arm. The arm will allow for lighting flexibility which gives you the option to focus the light where it is needed. They even have ones that can be clipped onto the edge of a desk or counter.
Light up your those dark corners with floor lamps. They create the type of task lighting you need to curl up with a good book after a long day. There are many varieties and colors that will suit all your decorative needs. Those dark and lonely corners will now have a purpose while offering some style too.
Task lighting is often needed in the bathroom for daily grooming rituals. It is recommended that you flank the bathroom mirror with vertical sconces on each side to keep your makeup looking classy and not like a clown.
Because artificial lighting is different from natural lighting, you may want to encourage the look of natural lighting in areas of your home as much as possible. I’ve actually stepped out of the house with a blue shoe on one foot and a black one on the other. Using 4000K will mimic the natural daylight.
Indoor Home Lighting Ideas
Bath Bar– Try a modern approach to your lighting needs. Nothing says modern lighting like the sleek design of a bath bar.
Pair– Add visual balance by applying pairs of light. This is easy to do with table lamps on each side of the room or sofa.
Wall Washers– A type of recessed lighting that allows you to manually angle the light to create a desired effect.
Mix Lighting– Use a number of different types of lighting fixtures to bring in the layers.
Pendants- Hanging pendant lights will free up space while properly lighting it as well. There are many to choose from making your lighting options versatile.
Stick-on Lights– These are battery operated lights that provide a budget friendly way to add in some lighting options without the commitment. Include a few in your kitchen cupboards or underneath or anywhere more light is needed.
A nicely designed space starts with color and lighting. Poor lighting can be the downfall of your overall design. Be sure to incorporate at least one of these house lighting ideas in your design and tell me what you think in the comments. If you have some other ideas mention them as well. In the meantime, Happy Decorating!