Picking new furniture for your new home is an adventure! From couches, appliances, and accents, there are so many to choose from. However, in this frenzy, lighting is often forgotten.
You might not notice it since lighting is such a basic part of our life, but these little lights—especially if they’re used right—benefit us in many ways.
Good lighting makes any room look larger.
Lighting helps with the illusion of space. When your room is a bit small, insufficient lighting (combined with incorrect furniture) makes it feel cramped. Also, isn’t it nice to have a well-lit room with natural lighting and natural air?? Even if it’s not large, being lit well will make a huge difference.
Good lighting sets the mood.
A room’s lighting also sets the mood. You might want a restful and relaxed feel for your living room, and a more intimate mood for the bedrooms. No matter the size of the room is, lighting can create a positive aura that makes you feel more at home.
Good lighting makes you more productive.
Aside from providing a relaxing ambiance, having the right lighting in your home makes you more productive. Task lighting—straightforward and bright lights—in certain areas of your home such as kitchen, home office, garage, and study area are essential.
How to Light Up Your Home Properly
You ask now, “How can my home have good lighting?” Fear not, because I got your back. Here’s how you do it:
Break your room down.
Think of it like a cake. The most prominent layer is the base—in this case, general lighting. They enable you to see and walk around the room. They’re the majority of a room’s light.
The second layer is the task lighting. List down the tasks you do in each room and make sure to keep them in mind while wiring.
Last is the icing—the accent lighting. They make the room look better and sets off the mood.
Keep the switches in mind.
Separate the switches for the three layers for easy control. For example, if you’re entertaining visitors, it’s easy to turn accent lighting on if their switches are grouped together. You can also use a dimmer switch to give you more control to soften or brighten the lighting whenever you want.
Have a color scheme.
Yep, lighting should also have a color scheme—even though it’s limited. Bulbs have different shades of white light, from yellowish white to bluish white. To check, look at the Kelvin Colour Temperature and pick ones with similar ratings.
Pick bulbs that last longer and cost less, such as LED lights. Not only are they more affordable, but also environment-friendly!
There you go! You can now light up your home and your life properly. I’d love to hear what your house looks like with better lighting - Leave a comment or reach out if you’ve got any questions!