When designing a room, the role of lighting is often overlooked even though it has a HUGE impact.
Lighting Sets The Mood
The Newport model by Clayton
To choose the right kind of lighting, keep in mind its purpose. For example, a lamp with a dark shade is not the best choice for your office space. The dark shade tones down the light, and makes it difficult to read. But that same lampshade could be the star of a darkened room by adding drama to the space.
With this in mind, I break lighting down into 3 categories:
1. Task Lighting
You need it for areas like utility rooms or kitchens, where defined jobs take place. Big, bright, and even lighting is the main focus here.
2. General Lighting
The Steal model by Clayton
General lighting works best in triangles. Triangle configurations create even lighting to fill any room easily. Augment general lighting with task and accent lighting to make the most of your space.
3. Accent Lighting
Accent lighting enhances the feeling of a space. Your kitchen need lots of task lighting, because of all the activities involved in food preparation. Many times, the kitchen is also a hangout area in your home.
To soften the atmosphere from bright task lighting, just add a dimmer switch to existing overhead fixtures. You’ll create a cozy, inviting atmosphere to encourage lots of great conversations and unexpected moments, like a dance off!!
How to Add New Lighting
Check out the lighting section of your local lumber yard or home maintenance store for all the newest innovations in lighting options. You can even find new concepts to work with just within the light bulb aisle.
You can also retrofit most fixtures to adapt to newer lighting technology. This is a simple way to add beauty and reduce energy costs.
Lighting is the final design layer to a wonderful room. Put a little time and thought into the process to create a positive change!
Topics Decor and Design