Properly lighting your home can be tricky business. We have all walked into someone’s house and thought that a room was maybe too dark or perhaps far too bright to be comfortable, and this post is to help you eliminate that problem in your own home. Creating the right lighting can seem difficult, but this handy blog should break it down to make it seem much more manageable.
There are three main types of lighting – ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting is used for the overall lighting of a room, task lighting functions so you can complete certain tasks, and accent lighting is more for show and decoration. Of course, the amount of lighting you need can also be affected by the amount of natural light each room has, so consider that as well. If there’s a room you primarily use during the day with plenty of natural light, you may not need as much artificial lighting as you otherwise would. Additionally, having great natural lighting can really cut down on the electricity you’d use to artificially light your home, so take advantage of big windows when you can.
Ambient lighting, or indirect lighting, is often thought of as the first layer of lighting and comes from a more “hidden” source, such as recessed cans. It will give rooms a soft glow, but additional lighting maybe be needed. Dimmer switches can be very helpful to adjust the brightness and darkness of your ambient lighting.
Task lighting, as explained earlier, functions to assist in lighting for specific tasks. For example, lights may be used next to a chair for reading, on an office desk for doing work, over a dining table for eating, or over an island in the kitchen to make preparing meals easier (that’s not something you want to do in the dark!). Our Pharmacy Desk and Floor Lamps are the perfect reading lamp for bedside, in your office, or next to your favorite chair in the living room.
Accent lighting is more decorative and adds a nice layer of light. Its main purpose is to enhance the lighting and look of a room but shouldn’t be relied on as the main source of light. Add something bold and stylish for a decorative look, or classic and elegant to add a note of subtle refinement. We love our Strap Iron Table Lamp for its timeless design and versatility.
Other lighting options that I wanted to take note of are sconces and undermount lighting. Sconces can create beautiful soft lighting in many rooms, such as bedrooms and bathrooms. They don’t usually provide a lot of light though, so they should be supplemented with ambient lighting to ensure the room doesn’t stay too dark. Another lighting option I love for kitchens, bathrooms, and any area with cabinets or shelving is undermount lighting. This is great to highlight a beautiful backsplash in the kitchen, fine china in a dining room, or even to bring light to the floor in a bathroom so you know where you’re stepping.
What lighting do you use most in your house? Is there a certain type of lighting you need more of?
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