Lighting can really make or break a room. It’s what allows us to see; so the way it’s used, how much there is, and its location will play a major role in a rooms ambience.
So, how would you choose which lighting would be perfect for which room?
For starters, there are four main types of lighting used in homes.
- Ambient/general lighting will illuminate an entire room and may provide different effects based on brightness.
- Task lighting is a smaller source of light designated for smaller/specific tasks.
- Accent lighting is used to highlight a specific item or area and is typically brighter than the ambient lighting.
- And finally, there is, of course, natural lighting. This is light provided by sun and therefore differs all the time.
With just four types, you’d think there shouldn’t be so many options, right?
Well, there are numerous choices (especially because it is typical to utilize several different types of lighting at once), so considering the desired aesthetic for the function of the room should guide you in the right direction.
For your living room, consider:
– Several 42 inch lamps that would provide sufficient reading light and a cozier feel
– Utilizing accent lighting on artwork or a wall hung photo collection
– Spotlighting shelving units or using strips of light to softly spotlight a wall
For your kitchen, consider:
– Recessed lighting evenly spaced to provide sufficient ambient lighting and a more open sense
– Providing task lighting underneath of cabinets for convenience
– Placing a special lighting fixture over a table/countertop/bar
For your dining room, consider:
– Hanging a chandelier above the dining table (keep in mind a chandelier doesn’t necessarily mean a large, highly ornate fixture, just a fixture with multiple light sources suspended from the ceiling)
– Spotlighting artwork or china collections
For your bedroom, consider:
– Intimate table lamps for your nightstand(s)
– Wall sconces for subtle ambient lighting
– Recessed lighting to allow a larger feel
For your bathroom, consider:
– Lighting on the sides of mirrors rather than above to avoid shadows
– Incandescent bulbs rather than fluorescent to better compliment skin tone
These are not the only lighting options possible, but they are some popular choices and, when done right, can look highly modern.