The Guiding Light: Specific Lights for Specific Rooms in the House
Lighting is indeed an important part of a home. No matter who is living inside, whether a bachelor or a family of five, lighting is an aspect that warrants a lot of attention. No matter how beautiful a centerpiece or furniture is, without appropriate fixtures, it just won’t show up. Lights are an essential part of how beautiful a home can become.
If you want to improve something inside your home, then try upgrading the lights first. A good start in making improvements is by planning on which rooms you want to do work first. Basic knowledge of what room is for, how large it is, and how frequently people come in and out is essential. Here is a guide on each room and what improvements should become a priority.
The Living Room
The living room is the most frequently crowded room in any house. It’s the room where you and your guests first see upon entering the house. It only fits to make it as attractive as possible.
With the living chambers, it’s always an expectation that there will be a lot of activity coming from you and your guests. The living room is the place where reading, casual conversations, playing board games, and other activities take place.
For some, the living room is a place to relax when one comes home from work. Most individuals prefer the lighting in the living room to be more relaxing and calming. Using ambient light is the best way to accomplish this feat. A clever way for this to be done is by positioning fixtures and other lights to shine their light or “bounce off” their light towards the ceiling.
Task lighting or light that provides illumination for activities such as reading books, playing and all other sorts of activities can come from lamps and desk lights on tables in the living room. For centerpieces, it’s good to use a chandelier that provides light coming down from it to accentuate and expose the features of a good piece. If the centerpiece is on a wall or above a table or there’s a fireplace, you can put in small lights that can highlight other focal parts.
The Kitchen and Dining Room
A kitchen is also a place where there is a lot of activity done by you and your guests. It’s where preparation, consumption of meals and light conversations happen. Lighting in this room is essential because of the delicate tasks that happen inside. For instance, the correct lighting can be the difference between a raw steak and a medium rare.
Cleaning up is also an activity inside the kitchen and dining room that needs adequate lighting. The sink, in particular, needs a ton of natural light. This feature is the reason why most sinks are near a window. If you still need additional lighting, which in most cases you will, adding an ambient lighting above the window can provide light during night time.
The dining room needs lighting similar to that of the living room. Although task lighting may not be appropriate to place on the dinner table, a good overhanging pendant-type fixture or chandelier can do the trick.
The light coming from these particular lightings can highlight good looking food such as roast pig, chicken, duck or any food that has good plating. Avoid increasing the number of ambient lighting in the dining room as it may look gloomy and dull.
More of a special and personal space, the lighting in the bathroom should focus on the individual using the room for grooming and other personal routines. It is of importance that there is a significant amount of lighting near the mirror.
Rather than putting a light on one side of the mirror, it’s a good idea to light both sides. By lighting both sides, shadows don’t appear and the light focus on the person using the mirror.
The best lighting design inside bathrooms features a light fixture on the ceiling and above the mirror. A proper placement or alternative to this conventional design is by placing two wall sconces on both sides of the mirror and placing the lights on the ceiling slightly offset on the opposing wall of the mirror.
The lighting inside a Bedroom is more of a personal preference by whoever owns the room or is staying inside. However, the basic principle of placing a central lighting fixture is to provide light to the entire room.
Others may prefer having a light fixture above the beds for a more comfortable read before going to sleep. On a more personal note, adding designer lighting fixtures is a great way of showing individuality.
It’s also important to provide closet lighting fixtures, especially for those large closets wherein a person can step inside. These lights provide illumination to a part inside the bedroom that would otherwise be dim or poorly lighted.
The lights inside a home are important when it comes to improving its overall look and value. Several types of lights also matter depending on the room. Lights in the kitchen vary significantly from those found in the bathroom, as those with the living room and the bedroom, and so on.
Although it may sound complicated in placing these lights, a little research, a budget on designer lighting, and testing go a long way in perfecting the lights and looks of your home.
Zach McGavin is a writer and a blogger who loves writing about architecture and engineering. He is an interior designer by heart which is why his topics revolve around home improvement and repair. When not writing, Zach enjoys spending time with her wife and baby daughter at home.