You’d be surprised at the difference clever lighting can make – a warm glow can make any room more inviting.
If you are looking to create a warm and inviting room that is well lit, you need to carefully craft a lighting plan that includes the following features:
Mixing and matching wisely
Lighting has one very simple purpose: To light every room in your home so that any task can be performed. At the end of the day, lighting in the kitchen isn’t likely to be the same as the lighting in a study area. Small touches such as table lamps for reading in the living room can make all the difference.
A combination of lamps and lights set at various heights should be placed throughout a room. The mix and location of any light sources will also have an impact on where power outlets need to be placed to minimise cabling.
If you’re an avid art collector or are looking to emphasise a particular design feature in your home, lighting can help you to do so. Sometimes, a light alone is bold enough to take centre stage in a room.
Have you ever thought to use a light shade? You’ll find they can be a touch ‘out there’ as they’re available in bright colours and dramatic fabrics. Just be mindful of how the room may look as a whole – The last thing you want is a room you’ve put a lot of effort into, looking completely over the top.
Consider everything from carpets and furniture upholstery – If it tends to be bright and colourful, it could be wise to go without a light shade.
Think back to that special date when you lit candles and dimmed the lights… Ahhh yes, lighting can be a powerful mood influencer.
If you’re interested in generating that candle effect without actually using candles, go with low-wattage bulbs that can often mimic these effects. Dimmers are handy when creating mood. Of course, it is important to note that certain lights are not appropriate for use with a dimmer.
Remember, play it safe and hire a licensed electrician to install your lights and any necessary power outlets. DO NOT try to install any outlets yourself.
If lighting is part of your home renovation plan, you can ask your mortgage broker for advice and help. They’ll help you free of charge.
*The information provided in this article is intended for an Australian audience. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments.