What is the point of having an exquisitely decorated room if you have to squint to see anything in it? Lighting is not only essential for its visual purpose, but it also impacts how everything in a room looks.
Different lights serve different purposes. For example, ambient light is for illumination, accent lights highlight specific parts or objects in a room, task lights are for work zones and so on. Imagine this to be like sports: you won’t bet about baseball in the soccer section of online sportsbooks. Everything has their own space.
Still, did you know you could mix them all up together to create some magic?
Here are some lighting ideas for different rooms in your house.
Layer up the Living Room
Living rooms are where most families spend their time together. Most families have conversations, board games, and some TV time in their living rooms, and so it is important that this part of the house is properly lit. This is where you want to think of layering to bring out some dramatic effects by using less recessed down lights and installing lights that bounce off the ceiling for that ambient illumination.
For lights that bounce off the ceiling, you may want to integrate cove or valance lighting in your house design right from the architecture. Also, better if you can have those dimmable bulbs that warm up a room and set the right mood depending on what you want to bring out.
We are in favor of layering, and so you can install accent lighting to focus on a fireplace, a painting, or a bookshelf. A table lamp to light up a reading nook in the living room or a game table is a game changer.
Ambient Lighting for Kitchens
A kitchen is a favorite place for many people as it is not only the area where you prepare food, but it is also popular for family gatherings. You want to think along the lines of task and ambient lights in this part of the house. Most sinks are located near windows to take advantage of natural lighting, and you can add a recessed fixture above the sink to take over at night. If you do not want to use an overhead light that may cast shadows on your countertop, install under-cabinet lighting to illuminate this area.
Most interior designers will want to avoid shadows at all costs, which is why one may prefer cove lighting on opposite walls of the kitchen to bounce the light off the ceiling.
Dramatic Touch for the Bathroom
Too many times we see the traditional central ceiling-mounted fixture that casts a shadow on the person using the mirror. Well, that doesn’t do justice to this small room where we all go for personal grooming and that deserves as much light as possible. The nest way to light up a bathroom is light both sides of the mirror to avoid that unsightly shadow. If the room is too small, you may want to consider a wall-mounted fixture on the side of the wall or an overhead one.
For older bathrooms installed with a central lighting fixture, you could switch things up with three sconces – two or each side of the mirror and one on the wall opposite it. The light will converge on the mirror, eliminating shadows completely and illuminating the area perfectly.
Outdoor lighting serves three purposes – mostly: esthetics, security, and illuminating pathways. One of the things that you want to consider when lighting the outdoors is range. Think of lighting something in close range, mid-range, and the far corner to create interesting focal points when viewed from inside the house. You don’t want to make the light too bright as that would make the area around it quite dark, which is unsafe. Also, think durability when setting up these lights as the elements can be quite harsh and you don’t want to replace expensive features every year.
Don’t Forget the Dining Area
Another area of the house you may want to focus on is the dining room whose main focal point is the table. A fixture right above the table will provide ambient and task lighting for the room without overpowering it. Dimmers are also a great idea as they create a relaxing mood when you entertain or want a chilled atmosphere after a family dinner.
- Mix it up
You don’t have to use a single source of lighting in a room. Most interior designers agree that mixing things up can bring about some dramatic changes that will enhance the outlook of a room. Think task lights, accent, and overhead lighting all in one room.
- Consider a Room’s Orientation
If a room has little or no direct natural light, then you want to brighten it up artificially. A central pendant spread horizontally across the space could be complemented by a table lamp for night reading.
- Brighten Those Corners
If a room has empty corners, you could add a little drama by placing some lights there. An oversized floor lamp will take the attention away from an awkward corner while brightening the room.