The way you approach home lighting can make the difference between a cozy home and a stark living space. Home lighting is so much more than just a few lamps. It’s a whole house design that unifies your space and makes it warm and inviting.
Sure, you’ll want to start with some lamps. The lamps you choose will say a lot about your particular style. Go with bold designs or traditional, but either way choose shades that disperse the light well. The shade is what will make your home lighting look inviting and not overexposed.
Another factor of home lighting is task lighting. You’ll need to see what you are doing when you are cooking or performing other kitchen tasks. Having under-counter lighting works wonders. Usually, shadows are cast from overhead lights when they hit your cabinets. With under-cabinet lights you can see what you’re chopping or writing. There are no more dark pockets in the kitchen. Kids can see their homework and you can read your recipes.
Consider adding track lighting to your home as well. These are rows of lights that accent certain areas of a room. Gone are the days of cheap looking exposed bulbs in a row. Today’s track lights are elegant and housed in pretty casings so they look finished. You can turn them in just about any direction so they accent a piece of furniture or art. They can really add to the ambiance in a space and create little rooms where you have just a big open expanse of space.
Whole house lighting is something you should plan out when you are planning the design of your house. But if you’re living in a rental or an older house, you may need to rethink the existing configurations. You can take down any garish chandeliers the last tenants left and replace them with choices that work better with your lifestyle.
One visit to a home store’s lighting section will have you marveling at all the options available. You don’t have to settle for less than perfect lighting for your home. Create a reading nook, illuminate the dining table, accent a stairwell or a loft. It can all be done with the right lighting and you can do it yourself with a little forethought.
No two homes and no two homeowners are exactly alike. That’s why there are so many choices on the market for lamps, overhead lights, desk lamps and track lights. Choose from among your favorites and then light up your night.