Shedding Light to Basic Home Lighting Principles

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Most of us tend to zero in to home furniture and appliances when it comes to decorating our homes. This is understandable enough given these pieces truly help create our desired look and vibe for our domicile. But if there’s one thing we should never neglect, despite our bias toward the best sofas, tables, and the likes, it has to be the importance of proper lighting.

It does not take an experienced interior designer to grasp the basic principles to achieve the right and adequate home lighting. To help you get started, I’ve listed some of the more basic, albeit important, ones.

1. Lighting should be, first and foremost, functional.

Make sure that you pick lighting systems that provide the extent of light that you require. For instance, your kitchen needs all sorts of lighting fixtures to facilitate easy movement. Same goes with your reading area. But these rooms do not require the exact same type of lighting.

Basic Tip: In every area where there’s a chair, adequate lighting should be installed.

2. Lighting should enhance space.

Keeping the color palette of a room on the paler side is an on old and reliable trick in creating an illusion of space. To further make this strategy work, make sure to provide well-planned lighting effects.

Basic Tip: Lighting fixtures you may consider for space enhancement include recessed lighting, uplights, bookcase lighting, and lamps.

3. Lighting should complement the theme of the house.

Before deciding on what type of lighting fixtures to go for, make sure to have a proper grasp of your house’s general theme or motif. For rooms with a darker shade, subtler lighting works best. For rooms which are more vivid in terms of chrome and design, lighting effects that are focused to specific elements or those which are easily angled to certain directions are the best way to keep the area from becoming too overpowering.

Basic Tip: For artworks, the most suited lighting fixtures include eyeball lights, tracking lights, and adjustable recessed lights.

4. Lighting should come in various forms.

It is important to not limit yourself with just one lighting system or lighting theme. In order for your home to have more charm and character, try to introduce a different vibe to each room through unique lighting effects. For instance, you can use a mini-chandelier for the living room while placing lampshades in the dining area. The key is to efficiently combine functionality and aesthetics in your lighting systems.

Basic Tip: Aside from the more basic types of lighting fixtures such as lamps and chandeliers, there are other variants you should know about. These include motion sensor lights, dimmers, custom lamps, and track lighting.

Maria Samuels is a self-taught interior decorator who also works as a materials specialist for In Style Modern, a seller of modern reproduction furniture such as isamunoguchicoffeetables and egg chairs. Check out her latest post: “Chic and Comfortable Don’t Have to be Complicated” on where she dissects the living room set of the movie “It’s complicated” for inspiration.

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