The Importance of Lighting In Your Home

Friday, June 12, 2015

Lighting is such an important aspect of creating a cosy and comfortable room, but it's something that's so easy to overlook. Even the most beautifully decorated rooms can look a bit dull and drab when they're not properly lit, and so it's worth taking the time to work out what fixtures will look best within your space (and the best places to put them). It's important to get the right balance between aesthetics and functionality, and so when choosing the lighting in your home here are a few things you should take into consideration:

Position Your Furniture To Maximise Daylight
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When you think of lighting your home, the first thing that probably springs to mind is placing more lamps. But for the majority of the day it's natural daylight that we depend on, and so it's important to make the most of it. South- facing properties and those with bigger windows get the best deal when it comes to natural daylight, but even if your house has neither of these traits there's still things you can do to make the most of the daylight you get. Position furniture so that tall pieces (like bookcases or wardrobes) aren't blocking any of the window, and avoid placing any large items such as tvs on top of cabinets that are directly under the window. Cleverly placed mirrors and mirrored furniture will also help to to make the room appear brighter too by reflecting the light around. This article explains the best places to position mirrors to make the most of the light.

Choose Adequate Light Fittings For Your Space
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Your fittings should be proportionate to your room to give the right amount of light. Placing a huge chandelier in a tiny room for example is probably going to blind anyone who dares to switch it on, but a small fitting in a large room can look a bit 'lost' and might not give off enough light to adequately brighten the space. You should always aim to have mixture of light sources at different levels, things like floor lamps, table lamps and wall mounted sconces- as well as the main overhead light. This gives the best effect as you're able to decide which ones to have turned on depending on what you're doing. I really like the Artemide range as they have a great selection of different fixtures, all in a gorgeous modern style.

Set the Mood/ Ambience For Different Functions
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The rooms in our homes tend to serve different purposes throughout the day, choosing the right lighting can help to set the tone for each of these purposes. For example, you'll want different lighting while you're watching tv than you would if you were getting dressed. Having adequate 'task lighting' is important, for things like reading, crafting or even eating. Having a range of lighting options means you're able to change and control the lighting to suit the mood, but you can take it even further than that. Dimmer switches, different wattage bulbs and lamps with adjustable brightness settings can give you even more flexibility. Another simple way to add a nice ambience to a room is with candles; you could go with tealights, scented candles or get crafty and create something like this.

Use Lighting Pick Out Decorative Objects
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Shining light onto an interesting object in your room helps to put a focus on that object. It's a great way to highlight different areas of your room and put attention on some of your favourite pieces. It could be a floor lamp positioned over an end table, a wall sconce positioned over a shelf or a spotlight turned to face a plant or piece of art. If you have an area in your room that you'd like to draw the eye to, this is the perfect way to go about it.

Have you put much thought into the lighting in your home?

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  1. I don't care too much about the lighting in my house. But I give more artificial lighting in the livingroom to make it alive.

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    1. try out some different bulbs and change the positions of your lamps, you'd be amazed at the difference! x

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