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When choosing perfect lighting solutions for your own home, it’s important to take both aesthetic value and functionality into consideration. If you don’t get the best possible effect and adequate amount of brightness from your lights, the fact that they are pretty won’t do you much good. Similarly, you won’t be able to relax and feel cozy in your home if the lights are the complete opposite of your taste, regardless of how functional they are. Luckily, the market today is flooded with many lighting choices that incorporate both attractive design and functionality. Moreover, there are also countless DIYs available so that you can put your creativity to good use, and change up the look of your home effectively.
1. Want A Small Room To Appear Larger?
Properly and strategically installed lights can make a small room appear visually bigger. It’s important to estimate what the dark areas of that specific room are and install lights accordingly. You can use the windows and natural light in that room to pinpoint the perfect place where the space would benefit from added lighting. In that respect, consider installing smaller wall lamps for visually larger space. One ceiling light won’t do much in this department.
2. Utilize Natural Lighting to Enhance A Room
There are many benefits of natural lighting on people’s health, mood and energy levels. Therefore, you should try to utilize the windows and natural light as much as you can in your home. But, it’s quite impossible to enjoy natural light all the time because the night will eventually fall. It gets even harder to get your daily dose of Vitamin D in your own home during the winter months. Because of that, it would be wise to keep your curtains up for as long as there’s sun outside. But, the best way to fight the dark would be installing dimmer lights in the corners of the room as well as one ceiling light. Of course, you can add floor lamps instead of dimmer ones if you like those more. Anyway, corner lights will help you save energy in the long run. During the day, you’ll have your natural lighting, but with corner lights, you’ll be able to adjust the brightness of the room the moment the sun starts to set.
3. Mix Up Your Lighting Options
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Not all rooms can benefit from one same type of lighting solution. If you have an open floor plan, floor lamps are perfect when it comes to separating the space. Living rooms can also look very interesting with statement ceiling lights and funky chandeliers. In the kitchen, for example, Martec exhaust fans with lights would come in handy since this type of light will provide enough brightness to prevent the strain on the eyes as well as deal with the odors usual for the kitchen. Moreover, bedroom lights should be very calming, and in that respect, mood lights or lights that throw an artistic shadow could send you off to sleep in no time.
4. Colored Lighting Can Make A Room Interesting
Different types of lights, different levels of brightness and even colorful bulbs can make the atmosphere unique to the specific room, especially if the said room features colored walls and furniture. Depending on the brightness level and hue of the lighting solution, you can change up the appearance of the whole room and play with the existing colors in a more artistic manner. Also, if you want to highlight some area or piece of furniture or work of art, lights can be a perfect way to do so. Some people also enjoy using Christmas lights as décor throughout the year, and the number of options you get with these can create something unique and personal.
5. Soft Lighting For that Special Reading Nook
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For those people who are big readers, light is of immense importance. True bookworms usually have a certain spot or even a whole area in their homes dedicated to their love of reading. But, reading in a dark corner can make the experience less satisfactory and strain the eyes. Because of that, make sure to always have a nightstand lamp next to your reading spot, or wall lamps just above if you want to save space. The important thing is being able to switch them on and off when you need it. Dimmer lights would also prove to be useful in this case as well.
Illuminating your home properly has great benefits for your health as well as mental well-being. You don’t have to rush things up and settle for the first lamps or lights that you come across. Take the time to check your options and use the Internet and home magazines to find your inspiration.