Our new interior design columnist shares four enlightening ways to light up a room.
Who doesn’t love when you walk in a room and are impressed with the lighting choices and the atmosphere it creates. It’s all planned that way to excite your senses and say something about the style of the space. Here are 4 ways that lighting can really make or break your interiors!
1. Staying on Task
Task lighting helps you perform tasks like cooking a meal or reading in bed. Your notice if there isn’t enough light in a room or if it’s not placed exactly where they need it! Use undermount lighting in the kitchen, puck lights in bookcases, pharmacy lights near side chairs in living room and table or floor lamps next to your furniture. And don’t forget that it’s ideal that it coordinates with your décor or creates that pop of color in the room.
2. Setting the Mood
Ambient lighting is important in every room. Table and floor lamps with a shade (especially darker shades) softens the lighting effect creating calmness and a sense of comfort. Layer your rooms with overhead task lighting,
3. Adjustable Settings
Dimmer switches are one of the best inventions for setting the mood! There is beauty in the function of being able to set the brightness of the room by a switch. So whether you want to work from home or host a dinner party in the dining room the lighting will be perfect. If you can I’d put this upgrade in every room of the home. It’s just a little thing that adds to the experience of daily life. Why you’re at it… upgrade to outlets with USB.
4. Color and Warmth
Pay close attention to the color of the bulbs especially now that LED is so in demand. LED can be specified as daylight and tends to shine with a blue tint or lean more yellow. People like the efficiency of LED and the brightness it provides. Certain tasks such as a daylight experience in the kitchen but in the bedroom or theater room it may be better for warmer light that creates a cozy glow. Each room should only have one color temperature. Test out a few light bulbs to see which you prefer.