Lighting is an essential part of interior design. Without the right kind of home lighting fixtures, a room can feel bland, boring and incomplete. But it’s not just the fixtures you choose. It’s also the shades and style for a particular room that will make or break your interior décor.
The following home lighting tips should help you plan and execute the perfect lighting to compliment any room.
Choose Fixtures that Match your Style
If you are unsure of the lighting fixture to choose, start with an element in the room. For example, a modern looking couch will look better with a fixture that enhances clean lines. If the doors are brushed nickel, choose fixtures that complement the finish. A dimmer switch is a good way to change the mood. When buying fixtures, check to see if they’re dimmable.
Make a Statement
While the general rule it to use lighting to complement your décor, you shouldn’t be afraid to infuse your own style when choosing fixtures. Add a little sparkle to your home with crystals and decorative glass shades. Mix and match different materials to get the desired effect. Your home should reflect who you are and you can choose colors and designs that match your personality.
Repeat your Design
Once you’ve settled on an idea, repeating the idea will make for a more unified theme. Start with one room and then replicate the general idea to other rooms. But make small variations as you go. You want the rooms to follow a theme, not look identical. For instance, the color you use for the Chandelier in your kitchen could vary slightly from the one you use in your dining room but the general design in terms of shape could remain the same.
Consider Layering Light
Ambient or general lighting is usually needed in every room and comprises mainly of overhead lighting. For maximum effect, consider adding task lighting to achieve a layered effect. Task lighting is provided by certain fixtures like desk lamps, cabinet lighting and vanity lights. It’s the type of lighting you need to perform a task. To further achieve layers, consider adding accent sources of lighting. These fixtures are meant to highlight a piece of your décor like for instance, a painting.
Consider the Room You’re Lighting
As much as layering light can be important, it is equally as important to consider the room. For example, your bedroom or office may need more task lighting than accent lighting. Your living room or foyer may benefit from all three. All these factors will of course depend on your own décor style and general interior design. A dimmer switch is a good investment to help with flexibility. With a dimmer switch, you can increase or reduce the amount of light based on the room’s purpose.
Finally, don’t forget to light your foyer. The foyer is the first impression your home has on guests so ambient lighting is required. At the same time, accent lighting might add more emphasis and create an unforgettable first impression. For foyers with vaulted ceilings, a chandelier is not a bad idea. Just remember to maintain the general theme even here. As someone walks further into your house, they should see differences that are subtle but significant.
Have fun and make sure the lighting fixtures you buy are top quality and safe.