10 Tips for Better Lighting in the Home

10 Tips for Better Lighting in the Home

Your home can easily be transformed by one little adjustment – lighting! While many expensive renovations can transform an entire home from the wall paper to the cabinets, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to have a beautifully styled home. Thinking about transforming your bedroom, kitchen or spare room into something you’re proud to show off? Then don’t hesitate to adjust the lighting for a brand new ambiance. Here are 10 tips to show you the light!

1. Concentrate on natural light. There’s nothing like the beauty of sunlight coming through the bedroom window on a Saturday morning. The problem is, if your heavy curtains are keeping the room dark, you’ll never know what you’re missing. Replace your wool curtains with sheer ones, and let the sun in.

2. Invest in artistic lighting. Sprucing up your spare room or personal office can be done easily, especially with an artistic desk or wall lamp adorning the rest of your motif. It doesn’t have to be expensive and many home improvement or department stores offer an eclectic selection of lamps to fit your taste perfectly.

3. Accent lighting. Accent lighting throughout your entire home is one of the easiest ways to bring together your color theme. It can also turn a drab living room into the coziest room in the house, just by paying attention to the particular character of your overall environment.

4. Diffuse your light source. Bright, overhead lights can sometimes defeat your entire room’s presence. Instead, consider searching out beautiful lamp shades, dim lighting or lamps that shine upward for a romantic effect.

5. Consider various light bulbs. There are different light bulbs available for various needs in your home. From bright, full wattage light bulbs to the lesser, dimming bulbs, consider adding some diversity to each lamp, chandelier or overhead light source in your home.

6. Consider the areas of your home you want to accentuate. Not everything in your home needs to be in line with a direct light source. Do you have a beautiful statue in your living room that you want to give special attention to? Make that the focus piece of your room as well as positioning it in line with your new, artistic lamp.

7. Put a new spin on your lighting. Fluorescent lighting doesn’t have to mount overhead and give you a headache as a result. When used creatively, a fluorescent beam along the floor of your breakfast bar or lining the kitchen can add a unique ambiance.

8. Invest in a beautiful lighting fixture. Lighting fixtures not only look great but can add a certain something special to the entire room. Mount one or several on your living room or bedroom wall, and help your room come together in theme.

9. Dress your walls in colored lighting! Are you tired of the same charcoal brown walls surrounding your bedroom? Consider trading in the paintbrush for unique pink, brown or red neon hues.

10. Take the artistic approach. If you’re artistic (and there are many of you out there that crave a home to reflect that) you need artistic lighting to show off your creativity. Search out the many light designs available online and at your home improvement store and find architectural-friendly, sculptural lamps and lighting that will represent a piece of art more than anything else.

Author Bio: Zach D. writes for Design55, an online modern furniture shop specializing in living room furniture and lighting.


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    Comment by England Furniture: Feb 1, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Creating better lighting in your home could be an easy way to make a change. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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    Comment by Jim @Home Building Questions: Feb 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Lighting is such an important part of any homes decor. These are great tips for anyone looking it improve the mood or ambiance in any room of their home. Thanks for the variety of tips!

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    Comment by Best For Less @ Wardrobes Sydney: Feb 23, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Do you have any tips for lighting specifically a bathroom?

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    Comment by Chris: Mar 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    I agree that you can change mood and color with different light bulbs. Accent lkights also work well to spotlight areas and under mount lights work great in a kitchen.

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    Comment by Jay Mari@design your room: Jun 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    Lightings are one of the most important things anyone should have in their homes. Thanks for sharing this useful tips.

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    Comment by ricky@home addition: Jun 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    It’s a good post. In my opinion lighting needs more focus than other issues for home renovation because it gives more delightful moment when you are tired and came from office/work. As I think it’s provides a positive energy to you and your family.

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    Comment by Home Additions: Sep 4, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    It’s a good post. In my opinion lighting needs more focus than other issues for home renovation because it gives more delightful moment when you are tired and return from office/work. As I think it’s provides a positive energy to you and your family.

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