Having some problems seeing the light? Here’s a quick lesson in fixtures, kinds of bulbs and lamps that will help shed some light!
Ask yourself this question? “What Kind of Lighting Does Each Room Require?”
RULE #1. You should have a mix of light sources at different levels to create a flattering ambience.
Rule #2. You will need appropriate task lighting for whatever you do in that space (reading, cooking, dressing)
Here tips for 5 key spots to keep in mind to help you get the perfect look for every room in your home.
The Living Room
Light three of the four corners, focusing one of those lights on an object (art, a beautiful plant, a striking chair). Use a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some with a downward glow and some that shine upward. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches. If you have an overhead fixture, put it on a dimmer
The Dining Room
To get the attention of drawing people into the dining area, focus on making the table the brightest spot in the room. Using a chandelier or a pendant above the table, limiting the total wattage to 100 are just a few great choices. For other areas in the room, indirect lighting is best choice as it’s relaxing and flattering. Giving the space a subtle glow with a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard or matching sconces on the wall above. Try using battery-powered votive inside a glass-front china cabinet is a nice touch.
Focus on overhead lighting connected to a dimmer that you can crank up when cooking, and add lower sources to illuminate work surfaces. Use pendants, under-cabinet lights. ).
To achieve an cozy atmosphere, place scones or reading lamps by the bed keeping them in positions pointed directly at the bed. For recessed or track fixtures try angling them away from the bed and more toward the dressing area. Small intimate tinted lamps on low-wattage bulbs to mimic candle light is a great option for low tables in the room.
The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.
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