Lighting Up Your Home with These Essential Tips
One of the most essential elements in styling your home isn’t necessarily the design, but rather, it comes in an atmosphere that you can create. And there’s nothing that creates the right atmosphere more than great lighting.
In fact, if we were to give you only one home styling tip, it would be to not forget about how important lighting can be for your home. In the immortal words of Marcia Zia-Priven, an Emmy-nominated set decorator, “Because lighting makes such a statement in a room, it should be incorporated into a design scheme from the beginning.”
Lighting isn’t just a requirement for everyday necessity; it adds ambience and warmth to your home. Lighting can draw out the highlights of special areas in your space. Lighting is a key element in enhancing the atmosphere and vital to good interior design.
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When considering lighting, there are three different areas you can consider:
General lighting is generally (sorry!) used to achieve a specific level of light for a room. This can include overhead lights or wall-mounted lights, or even from lights like table lamps, pendants and floor lamps. It’s good to note that the general lighting in a kitchen or the living room will be more significant than in a bedroom.
Like its namesake, task lighting is where the level of lighting is taken a step further by having more specific areas used in everyday tasks. These include desk lamps, cupboard lights and standing reading lamps for example. The best thing to do is to have a secondary source of light alongside your task lighting to help prevent eyestrain or dark corners. These could be from natural light from windows or soft overhead lighting.
Accent lighting is used to add drama and highlight your space. For example, using an uplight behind a piece of furniture can help to make that particular corner of the room more inviting and cosy.
Now that you know what kinds of lighting you might need, you’ll need to know what exactly you need your lighting for. There are a few different lighting styles you can explore depending on your personal interior style, but there are also plenty of options and combinations to create very different effects.
Let’s look at some of the more ideal lighting options for your needs.
Minimalist homes will always be a thing, regardless of what other trends are current. A minimal style is classic, timeless and considered. Everything purchased has more thought put into it and is bought for substance, over style.
The Franklin Wide 6-Light Chandelier is a perfect example of this, and is well suited for minimal interiors due to its simple shape and considered design features.
For a cool, Scandi-inspired style, you should consider that simple silhouettes and light colors are the way to go. White is always the go-to choice for your Scandinavian interiors, and helps to promote a light and airy atmosphere.
The Boly Wide 1-Light Vanity Wall Light is great as it has a slim profile and clean brushed nickel finish which is the epitome of adding a Scandinavian Cool finish to your space.
From statement lamps to luxurious textures, the luxury boutique style is always ready for you. Creating this look is simple enough; you’ll need to think about utilizing marble bases, chrome stands and oversized shades for the best experience.
Go for a polished luxury look with the Franklin 4-Light Cage Pendant Light that is bound to add an opulent statement to your space.
If you find that your home lacks space, and you need to squeeze a little bit more into a little bit less, you should try the compact living style. Save space by using lighting choices that keep your surfaces clear and create a statement. You can use wall lights or pendant lights to achieve the optimal space.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Before you start buying your lamps and pendant lights, you need to take a moment to ask yourself a few questions:
- What will I use the room for?
Knowing how you are going to use a space is key to getting the atmosphere right. Kitchens generally need bright, overhead task lighting so you can see what you’re doing, whereas bedrooms are generally dimmer to promote relaxation.
Create a cosy corner in your bedroom or living room with simple light, such as the Lucas 1 Light Island Chandelier.
- What atmosphere do I want to create?
Creating an atmosphere can be as simple as playing with levels of lighting. Romantic scenes are usually lit with candles and soft lamps, while if you’re looking to relax, unwind or just hang out, a soft, warm lighting is required. Children’s playrooms are spaces to promote learning, creativity and play, so you would naturally require a slightly brighter light to see what’s going on. For a classy bathroom vanity mirror light, the Leon Brush Nickel Vanity Light fits the bill perfectly.
- What space do I have?
Thinking about space is usually the most overlooked thing when it comes to lighting your home. Making sure you have enough room for your chosen lighting should be taken into consideration. Compact styles such as the Lucas 1-Light Chandelier or the Franklin 4-Light Cage Pendant Light are fantastic choices for creating your compact living space.
- What’s my budget?
Finally, don’t forget your budget! Set yourself a budget for your lighting and stick to it. With so many options you’re bound to find a designer knock-off or beautiful simple design within your price range. Check out our range of lighting options for your home that are fantastically affordable!
We hope you’ve taken some inspiration from these lighting tips and can go away to create even more atmosphere in your home.
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