Are you decorating or moving into a new home? Or maybe you’re remodeling or renovating and just want to update your home? No matter the reasons, we know that decorating can be both exciting yet challenging at the same time. It’s not just about the furniture, window treatments and wall and floor designs, but with lighting fixtures as well.
With all the choices available – the different designs, themes, colors and other options, it’s so hard to pick that perfect lighting for every room. Which type would look best in your living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and other parts of the home? What kind of light should you choose for your backyard?
Here are a few tips for your ultimate guide in choosing the best lighting for every room in your home.
1. Living Room
Layering different kinds of light in common areas such as this is crucial as it is a place where most family members gather to do different types of activities.
Incorporate ambient lighting with cove lighting fixtures to direct light up. This lighting would create a beautiful illumination especially those with a decorative ceiling. It avoids the usual downward direction that recessed type of lighting brings while the bouncing light illuminates a sense of brightness in the living room.
If you’re not into cove lighting, you can direct light into walls with the use of track lights, valance lights and floor lamp torches that has a translucent globe facing upward.
Use accent lighting and direct attention towards plants, sculptures or painting, as well as bookshelves or cases and the fireplace. As for task lighting, place lamps or adjustable lighting near reading nooks or game tables.
The primary focus of lighting in a bedroom is intended for bedside reading and closet illumination. You can experiment with different types of fixtures when it comes to bedside lighting such table lamps, scones, hanging lights the drops just a little above your headboard and the like. As for the closet, recessed lighting and ceiling mounted fixtures are suitable enough to provide just the right amount of light you need.
It is best to avoid the types of lighting where one illuminates bright lights from interior fixtures in the middle of the room. Our goal in the bedroom is to provide a relaxing atmosphere to help you get your well-deserved goodnight sleep.
The kitchen is more often the most popular spaces in a home. It is a place where cooking and entertaining takes place. According to a Houzz Kitchen Trends Survey in 2017, recessed lighting, pendants and under cabinet lighting are the three most popular lighting sources in a kitchen remodel.
Undercabinet lighting helps tremendously with serving a dual purpose of task and ambient lighting. Since your kitchen is the place where entertaining, cleanup, and food preparation takes place, the kitchen lighting should help with these functions.
Ever wonder why most sinks are near windows? The reason is to allow natural lighting in, so better keep your windows open, or at least let the sunlight inside your kitchen.
Strategically place under cabinet lighting throughout the kitchen to illuminate the countertops, pendant or hanging lights just above your kitchen island and recessed lighting or a ceiling mounted fixture on your ceiling. When your kitchen has the appropriate lighting, it can make the space much more inviting, enjoyable and can provide enough illumination for tasks at hand.
4. Dining Room
The dining room is an important room in a home. This is the place where the family comes together to entertain or to have meals. There are many ways that you can illuminate the dining room table. You can have a central lighting fixture above your dining table, which can be the focal point of this area. You can achieve a designer look for your dining room by pairing a chandelier together with wall sconces and cove lighting with dimmer features so that you can set the mood anytime you want. You can also be creative by having a floating ceiling in the dining room area and putting recessed lights and a chandelier in the center. You can use rope lights in the upper part to provide a more dramatic effect to the area.
Don’t take the lighting in your bathrooms for granted, as it needs just enough love like any part of the house. Most of us consider bathrooms as a haven. Gone are the days where the only purpose of this room is for body-cleaning or washing up before dinner. The bathroom space is one of the most important areas in the home second only to the kitchen. It has evolved into a sanctuary or place where we can relax and consider our very own private getaway.
There are so many options for illuminating the bathroom. You can use a lighted LED bathroom mirror with wall sconces on each side of your mirror. There can also be a central lighting fixture which is mounted up in the ceiling. You also have the options of light bars that are wall mounted above the bathroom mirror for a clean and modern look. One of the best low profile methods for lighting the bathroom is with using recessed LED lighting. The look and feel of the bathroom is important, so make sure to use the right amount of light, and the appropriate wattage for the light bulbs.
6. Entry points and pathways
The type of lighting will depend mainly on what kind of ceiling you have and if there are any other focal points on your entry and pathways. For entrances with very high ceilings and staircases, chandeliers will give an instant facelift and extra beauty points to your home. Otherwise, ceiling-mounted lights with enough brightness should be sufficient. However, they do not need to be boring. The shape, color and the wattage of the bulb can make an entryway much more interesting. Just remember to keep everything balanced.
If you have paintings, plants or other decors worth noticing along the corridors, it would be best to have an accent type of light directed to the picture to accentuate its beauty correctly. Just make sure to use the right lighting so as not to disturb or damage your artwork.
Lighting outside of the house is just as important as proper lighting inside. It’s not only for extra security as burglars and trespassers hate the well-lit house, but also gives additional aesthetics to your home. Think of it as an investment, and always try to use the best lighting available that’s also within your budget. Recessed lighting for your decks and solar landscape lights are trendy this year, so make sure to incorporate this into your homes.
With more people are aware of how vital conserving energy is, more are turning to renewable energies particularly with lighting fixtures. From solar-powered lights to LEDs, these are all hot this year and would make great energy-savers – something fluorescent lights can’t offer.
Some of this year’s lighting trends focus on brass-themed lights, advanced retro or rustic, black and white, geometric shapes and industrial lighting. Popular chandelier types are those with dimmable features in a starburst or sleek lines.
About The Author: Robbie Nevens – Co-founder at Lamptwist. Need expert advice or a place where to find a gorgeous light for your home? Lamptwist provides a wide range of lighting fixtures for every room in your home. These are all but guides to help see the best lights for every part of your house, but don’t let these get in the way of choosing the kind of lighting that best suits your personality and style.
Click on the following to read more:
Houzz 2017 Kitchen Trends Study – Houzz
Houzz 2017 Bathroom Trends Study – Houzz
Perfect Bathroom Lighting Ideas – Lamptwist
7 Tips for planning Lighting Design in Your Home – Donco Designs