The proper lighting in your home can make you feel better, lifting your spirits or relaxing you as you require, and it can also make you more productive. Any designer will attest that the proper lighting is essential if you are decorating any space, and it shouldn’t be seen as a mere afterthought. Lighting is central to how your home looks and feels, and if you want your living space to become transformed, the right lighting is key. If you want to know how you can enliven your space with the right lighting and make the moments you spend in your home much more relaxing, productive, and even magical, here’s your complete guide to lighting up the different rooms in your home.

Mixing and matching

Remember that you will need more than one lighting source for any room. Layered lighting is essential, so each room should have the proper mix of light fixtures, which include overhead lights, task lights, and accent lights.

Your living area, for example, can have a decorative fixture on the ceiling near the room’s centre. Then as you go outwards towards the room’s corners, put up downlights which can wash your walls with gentle lighting. You can also make use of valance or soffit lighting, and consider floor lamps which can bounce off light from the ceiling. You can use accent lighting to showcase pieces of artwork and table lamps placed beside seating areas for another lighting layer. Your goal should be to create a degree of contrast between the room’s perimeter and centre.

Ideas for the kitchen

Modern lighting goes really well in the kitchen, and it’s one area where the brightness of the light is of utmost importance. Flood the space with light with the installation of recessed lighting along the ceiling edge or high-hat lighting. If your kitchen has an island, you can hang overhead pendants which can light up the area without taking up space you may need for preparing food or eating. Under-cabinet lighting is also a brilliant idea, and you can do this with LED lighting strips installed underneath your upper cupboards and cabinets. This can create lighting for your workspace and countertops that is even, making it easier to prepare food and cook.

The orientation of the room

If you have a room that faces north, it isn’t getting direct sunlight – and you should place more thought on its lighting. If you have a living room facing north, you can install recessed lighting fixtures on the room’s perimeter in order to complement a central pendant. You can also use lamps to light up darker corners and sconces to highlight a piece of artwork.

For bedrooms that are dark, the same strategy works as well. You can, for instance, combine a focal-point chandelier with up-lighting in the room’s corners, make use of bedside lamps, and place a pair of wall sconces on top of a mantelpiece.

Ideas for the bathroom

The bathroom is another area which can truly benefit from good lighting, and one of the worst things you can do is install a recessed lighting fixture on top of the basin, as it can cast unflattering shadows. Opt instead for sconces mounted on the wall as well as motion lights at the base of the cupboard or cabinet which gives off a subtle, relaxing glow at night.

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