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Lighting is the most exciting tool since indoor plumbing, but it isn’t just for utility. The best interior designers know that light fixtures are one of the most important parts of a well-designed home. Best of all, homeowners can beautify their living space by upgrading a lighting package for a fraction of what it would cost to renovate just one room!
Interior designers and budgeting homeowners would agree: lighting is a de-light-ful way to bring character and sophistication to your home!
Use the crafty ideas below to make your home look, feel, and function in a completely different way.
Do you have an at-home workspace that doesn’t receive the light it needs? Areas like a home office, a child’s study space, and even the kitchen counter aren’t often built up with adequate lighting. As a result, eyestrain and difficulty navigating the space become common. Studies show that between the ages of 20 and 60, eyesight becomes eight times worse, and that doesn’t include the eyestrain caused by digital devices! Take care of your eyesight by ensuring you use enough lighting during task-oriented activities.
Task lighting gives homeowners a chance to improve the light output in a workspace. Some examples of task lighting include plug-in desk lamp, pendant lights, track lights, and under cabinet lights.
When a room feels a little bland, adding a centerpiece fixture to the space brightens up the atmosphere with character and an extra lumen count.
Centerpiece fixtures provide light to a room and are perfect for day-to-day needs like spending time with family and friends. A few that perform well (in dining and living areas) include chandeliers, contemporary 3-bulb ceiling mounts, and foyer pendants.
When it comes to interior design, accent lights are the cherry on top of the sundae. Centerpiece fixtures don’t always give off enough light to bring out the beauty in a room’s décor or a piece of artwork, so accent fixtures heroically step in to pick up the slack.
Accent lighting helps homeowners highlight key décor pieces (like paintings) by directing focused light directly to the decorative piece. Fixtures like wall sconces, track lighting, and recessed cans are some of the most popular types of accent lighting.
No design project is complete without giving a little TLC to the house’s outdoor landscape. Families who entertain guests outdoors (or simply spend plenty of time outside) may consider adding character to their outdoor space by incorporating outdoor accent lighting to their home. Just be sure the lighting you use is in accordance with the EPA’s outdoor light pollution standards.
Outdoor accent lighting includes fixtures like well lights and floodlights. When used correctly, they can bring character to an outdoor space by highlighting sitting areas, outdoor grills, flowerbeds, and more.
Each of the light fixtures above can dramatically improve the appearance and functionality of your living space. If you want to swap out your entire light package on a budget, start by swapping out the centerpiece lighting. Once you had the main fixture for each room selected, expand on your lighting design by incorporating accent pieces and task lighting as needed.
If you have any questions about the best lighting for your living space or are ready to start installing, contact our team today to meet with a licensed electrician.