Choosing the right lighting for your home adds ambiance to your surroundings plus provides enough lighting to perform a task and to see better. Look around your home; if you are not satisfied with your lighting, use this list of insider tips on how to choose the perfect lighting for your home.
- Start with General Lighting
General lighting is what you use to make your home functional. Without well-balanced general lighting, you won't be able to chop an onion in the kitchen, read in the den or find stains on your white shirts in the laundry room.
Good general lighting is achieved with overhead lights on tracts, with recessed fixtures, or with larger visible fixtures like chandeliers. Natural light can also be considered general lighting, but you can't rely on it all the time, so you need to make sure your home has enough lighting for the evening and those dark, dreary days.
The most important thing when it comes to general lighting is to make sure your whole space has the same level of illumination. Cut out dark spots, and your whole room will look more vibrant.
- Don't Forget About Task Lighting
When people look to improve the lighting in their home, they typically look to general lighting solutions like adding more recessed fixtures. This is essential for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean task lighting is not needed as well.
Task lighting is what you use to do a task – like a lamp for reading. Most of the time you won't have your task lighting on, but on particularly dark days or nights, or when you do not want to illuminate your whole room, it is essential. It also allows you to tailor the mood of your room to your desires.
Most rooms require two to three task lights like table and floor lamps to improve the look of your home decor.
- Highlight Your Favorite Features
Almost everybody has something in their home that they want to highlight, whether that's a wonderful piece of contemporary art or an antique Chippendale sofa. To do that, you will want to add spotlights to your home one way or another.
For art and pieces of furniture, you will need overhead spots, ideally installed as recessed lights. Items that rest on the floor can use spotlights, but they can also benefit from canister lights that provide backlighting.
- Use Dimmer Switches
Many homeowners simply install lighting and turn it on and off as needed. There is nothing wrong with this in theory, but the on-off version of lighting is not always the best for showcasing your home decor or setting the right mood in your home.
That is where dimmer switches can come in handy. Dimmer switches are not too hard to install, and you can probably do it yourself as long as you turn off the electricity first.
Choosing the right lighting for your home will improve the atmosphere of your room. For help picking the right lights, visit local lighting stores, browse catalogs and search online home decorating websites. The right lighting will make your space feel warm and inviting.