Lighting completely changes the look and feel of any room.
The overall mood and functionality of your home can be affected by the choice of fixtures, placement, even the choice of bulbs! But if you keep a few simple concepts in mind you can light up your home is a useful efficient and stylish way.
Lighting in Layers
Be sure to establish ambient overhead lighting as a base layer, think of this as a primer for the tone of the room. Whether it’s warm or bright, this first layer of light sets the overall mood.
Second, think about the function of the room. Ask yourself how do you spend your time and what do you accomplish in this room? Be sure to use task lighting to illuminate certain areas for their specific functions.
Lastly, think about what features of the room you love most. Use accent lighting to draw attention to a painting or architectural detail. Accent lighting can be used as a decorative feature in itself.
Eventually as you begin to establish functional layers of lighting, you can begin to infuse them with your own unique style.
Recessed ceiling lights or track lighting are great ways to create inconspicuous, minimalist ambient lighting. The number of lights, their direction and a dimmer switch allow for easy customization of the amount and intensity of light.
If you are looking for a great way to create ambient lighting that provides a certain element of design, Pendant lighting comes in many different shapes and sizes and is a great way to enhance the design of your room. You can suspend multiple light fixtures from the ceiling at varying heights, which adds dimension and visual interest to the room.
To accomplish a rustic look, try staggering a row of oversized bare light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. You could even cover some with mason jars to emphasize the homey quality of this look.
If you are looking for a more industrial feel, try a metal fixture in either a geometric, cage-like style or a more solid, basin-like structure.
Chandeliers are a classic and popular source for ambient. Give yours a modern flare by using one in an unexpected place such as in a bathroom or in an unusual material.
Being an Energy Star certified builder we recommend using long-lasting, energy-efficient LED light strips to softly illuminate rooms from hidden sources. By placing an LED light strip under each overhead cabinet in your kitchen, you can brighten up the countertops where you chop vegetables or make a sandwich.
Use accent lighting to draw focus to details in a room. Try placing simple, uncomplicated wall sconces around your favorite piece of wall art. Watch as it suddenly becomes a brilliant focal point.
To highlight wall textures or architectural details you love, consider more atypical sconces in interesting shapes. These both show off the elements of your home and stand alone as eye-catching pieces.
By taking these lighting tips, you completely transform your space and fully accomplish your unique vision for your home.
From all of us at the BOLD Company we ask that you don’t leave your beautiful home in the dark!