A Few Small Additions to Home Lighting

With a few updates to home lighting, a house can be brighter and drastically more enjoyable. Once the pendant or main light fixtures, decorative lamps or fixtures have been added, there are just a few more details that can make the difference between decent home lighting and a really enjoyable space. Seriously consider these little suggestions. They are inexpensive and can truly make a huge difference.

Dimmer switches are an amazing concept for any room. Though many people do not seem to understand the purpose of adjustable lighting, once they have tried it, they will never go back. Being able to easily adjust the level of light in a room immediately makes any room far more versatile for activities of any kind and simple relaxation. Bathrooms gain a soothing atmosphere for relaxing in the tub and nice bright lighting for getting ready in the mornings. Suppose there are guests over to watch a movie, without having to make the TV room completely dark (which often makes it difficult for guests to find their way around), a simple dimming feature will provide the light needed to move around the room while still reducing any glair on the screen. Bedrooms can become more romantic, and porch areas can be subtly lit to enjoy a view of the surrounding area. All of these things are possibilities when dimmer switches are installed, and they are really not expensive considering the benefit, so why not go to the trouble of installing them?

Fixing dark spots in a house is another project that improves the atmosphere of rooms and work areas. Light strips installed in kitchens, desk areas, workrooms and any other productive area shine on the area needed for a particular job and can then be turned off when the job is finished. Rather than waste the energy of the room light to perform a task, lighting strips will provide all of the necessary light without affecting the rest of the room. Dark corners in bedrooms, living rooms, and anywhere else in the house can be repaired by strategically placing “can-up” lights. These are most often used in corner plant arrangements or on top of trunks or small tables, but these upward pointing lights can be placed in any esthetic, as long as they produce light for the dark corner. Wherever the fixture is placed, it should be hidden or difficult to see. This is not a display fixture like a table lamp, and it should be enjoyed for its additional textured lighting only.

These simple solutions will improve any home lighting design by creating a space that is well lit and versatile. Of course, the choice of main lighting and lamp fixtures is also vital in the equation, but these little additions will greatly improve the affects of the lighting already chosen.

What Is the Future of Bathroom Lighting and Design?

To answer this question we need to look at where we are in the evolution of bathroom design. How were bathrooms designed during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and why were they designed that way? How have bathrooms evolved into what they are today? And what is on the horizon for them in the future.

First of all how was a bathroom designed during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and why was it designed that way? It seems that during the 60’s and into the 70’s bathroom design was mainly focused around function and purpose. Meaning it had a place for bathing or showering, a sink and a toilet. Bathroom lighting was very basic as well. There was a main light in the center of the bathroom and one over the mirror. Not much flair but very basic and functional and down to earth. Unless you were wealthy and could afford extra amenities they weren’t there.

During the 70’s and into the 80’s people started to see their old function-only-style-bathroom as outdated. At this time there seems to have started a revolution in bathroom design ideas that transformed the bathroom from a place of chore and duty to a place of relaxation and sophistication, where a person can unwind and escape from the labors of the day. People wanted more, and because of demand design took off in new directions.

The price of materials came down and large department stores started to realize there is big money in the bathroom remodeling and design business. About this time big box stores began to come into general existence and replace a lot of your smaller home improvement stores. The race was on for your money. Who could offer the best price for the product and help you do the job yourself? Every store developed a design center where you can design the bathroom of your dreams, then walk down the aisles and pick out exactly what you want in your bathroom. If you don’t want to install it all yourself, they have multiple contractors lined up to give you competitive bids on your project. If you decide to do your remodeling yourself, there are in-store classes to teach you every step of the way. Anything to keep you coming back for more in their store.

There is a great side effect to all this competition and that is the price comes down and selection of products goes up. That means we have more design products to choose from for our bathroom than we ever have had, and new ideas are appearing all the time.

Bathroom design has become an art in its self. People go to great lengths to hire the right designer, pick the right colors, make sure their lighting is perfect for every occasion, pick the right tiles, fixtures, and trim to create that wonderful place that will not only serve as a place of utility and function, but become a place of style, elegance, comfort, and romance.

The ultimate bathroom is probably different for everyone, but I am sure it would probably include a bathtub Jacuzzi with massaging jets that has at least enough room for two. I’m sure it would also have a spacious walk-in shower that takes the experience of just washing with soap to get clean to an experience of relaxing sounds of music, scented essential oils that fill the room with relaxing aromas, and massaging jets of water kneading you from every angle possible helping to create the perfect ambiance as they wash away the day and take you to your happy place. The colors lighting and whole atmosphere of your bathroom from the tile and paint, to the lighting, is designed to make you feel as if you are in your favorite private spa getting pampered just the way you want. There are sinks and vanities for you and your significant other everything is centered around making your state of mind more relaxed and calm, while you take care of those personal functions of daily life

No longer is the bathroom a place of lowliness and disdain, but it has become equal to one of the most highly prized places in our homes. Just look at how much we spend on remodeling our bathrooms. The only room that is remodeled more and costs more per square foot to remodel is the kitchen. The kitchen brings the family together and is the focal point of the home, but the bathroom is a place of seclusion, privacy, comfort, and intimacy. Two opposites that we spend a lot of money on to get just right.

The evolution of bathroom design has come a long way since the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Bathrooms are like a creature of evolution that are always evolving and changing to become the environment we want to make them into. So what is the future of bathroom remodeling and design? I guess the future depends on where we want our imaginations to take us. It might be a blast from the past, something totally futuristic, or a mixture of both. Only time will tell.

Home Theater Room Design

You may have always dreamed of building your own home theater, enjoying the movies all to yourself without any distractions. You now come to the deciding point, to build a home theater or not to build one? There are certain things which need to be considered in home theater room design. There are basic components which include the room design, acoustics, lighting and the equipment.

First you have to choose where you are going to put your home theater. If you have a spare room, it is a good choice. If you are going to convert another room for your home theater, then planning that must be considered too. Having selected the place, you need to consider the design that you will use. You may want to choose a room where the screen is the centerpiece of the room. You may choose to place all the chairs on the other side of the room. You may also consider a simple theater room where sofas and the equipment are only there. You may even want to put in a refrigerator or a microwave so you can get food easily while watching.

Chairs are an important element too in the design you might want to have a sofa stuck on the wall or a reclining chair. You can also choose to have theater seats built into your home theater. This depends on you and what you think is comfortable.

Second is that you need to fix the acoustics. Sound is very important in a home theater room design. A movie is useless without the sound. You may opt for a surround sound system when choosing your theater room design. Within the room, you may do some tricks in order to keep sound from bouncing off this is to preserve the sound in the room.

Light is an important element of home theaters. In movie theaters, lights are dimmed. Especially when watching a movie, light are switched off. This enhances the colors that you see when you watch a movie. Every detail will be seen properly when the lights are turned off. With the room, as much as possible, do not put too much windows since light can penetrate into the room and disrupt a movie. It is okay if small ventilation is put, but a room can do without this since you may have the room with an aircon.

Lastly, when choosing a home theater room design, the system and equipment is important. You have to choose them really well. These must just fit into your room. It is not about having the biggest screen of speakers. What is important that when choosing the equipment such as the screen and speakers, they fit well into the room. No matter what equipment you choose to put in your home theater, make sure that all the wiring are hidden to prevent accidents or unplugging them while in the middle of a movie.

You may want to look at different tips and designs on home theater room designs. You can start by looking at possible equipment and fixtures that you may use. It is recommended to seek professional help when building a home theater in your home.