Every home is different. Rooms are different sizes, receive different amounts of natural lighting, and have different existing lighting systems. There is no set recipe for success when it comes to lighting, but there are a few tips to keep in mind when planning your home’s lighting design. Here are a few things to consider before heading to the showroom to pick out your lighting:
Think in Terms of Layers
Lighting works best when you aren’t relying on one single source. Combining floor lamps with table lamps will let you control the mood lighting in the room while also providing task lighting for different situations. Table lamps make great reading lights while floor lamps offer perfect low light solutions for entertaining and watching movies. Lamps are accessories that can match your style and accentuate your room’s theme.
Think About the Room
Know the measurements and the function of the room before you start planning your lighting design. The size of the room will affect how many fixtures you’ll need. Knowing what you plan to use the room for will tell you what kind of lighting will work best. Wall sconces can add mood lighting, but won’t provide a lot of task specific lighting. Combining mood lighting elements with table and floor lamps can give you enough additional light to make the room flow. The last thing you want is to wash out your room–brighter light can wash out the subtle colors of your decor.
Colors are Key
Similar to understanding your home’s interior design is the understanding of colors. While it’s a simple process to purchase fixtures in the same color, don’t be afraid to mix in complementary colors. Lighting is as versatile as throw pillows and simply changing out the color of lamp shade can make your space feel bright and updated.
Does your room have vaulted ceilings or several nooks and crannies? Larger rooms with high ceilings allow for larger pendants or chandeliers while smaller spaces may benefit more from track lighting and recessed lights that are completely out of the way. Even small rooms can benefit from the appropriate size overhead fixture and large rooms can easily be improved by adding a large floor lamp.
Think about the time of day you use the room most. Rooms that really only get used during the day typically receive plenty of natural light. They may only need a floor lamp or two to help with tasks and low light situations. However, rooms used during the day and night will require more lighting options. It’s helpful to have several different strengths of light in different areas of the room so you can have the appropriate amount regardless of time of day.
Changes in lighting will update the feel of your entire room and can transform your home without the need for extensive remodeling. At Lighting Inc., we can help you find the right fixtures for your room and are always happy to share our advice. Contact us today to speak with a lighting professional!