Choosing the right lighting for your home can be trickier than some people think. Did you know that light fixtures are one of the key elements in any room design?
Lighting can set the mood of a room and change the look and feel dramatically, not only by the light it gives off but also by the size and style of the fittings.
To get the balance right, when deciding on which lighting options to go with think about the design, its purpose as well as its function.
Chandeliers look beautiful and make a statement. They can make a space look elegant and timeless, and come in all manner of styles.
Usually your eye will be drawn to the light fitting when a chandelier is hanging, so rooms such as entryways, kitchens or dining rooms are good choices.
It’s very important to get the right size for your space. A good rule of thumb for this is to add the dimensions of the room together in feet and then convert the answer to inches. The answer in inches should equal the diameter of the fixture. For example, if your room measures 10′ x 15′ the diameter of the fixture should be 25″.
Down lights can create subtle mood lighting, especially when paired with other options, but they can also be over-powering when too many are used.
Try combining down lights in living areas with floor and table lamps, or use in a kitchen with pendant lights.
Pendant lights are smaller than chandeliers but are also visually appealing and will draw your attention. They are particularly good for areas where direct lighting is required.
You can choose to have one decorative pendant hanging alone, especially in smaller areas or over a dining table.
In larger areas such as a big entry or hallway, consider hanging 2 matching pendants. Or 3 pendants hung over large dining tables or kitchen benches will also work well and create balance and interest.
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Lamps and floor lamps
Living areas and bedrooms are the most common rooms for using lamps. They change the ambiance in a room instantly.
Use floor lamps in your living area for your main ambient lighting, complemented by table lamps for filler light. Bedrooms suit smaller table lamps on bedside tables to create a soft, relaxing feel.
Don’t forget about the good old dimmer switch, it will allow you to create the perfect ambiance in any room.
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