Proper lighting is such an important thing. Everything looks better under good lighting; furniture, decorations, windows and curtains and even you! And just like picking furniture, lighting also requires a precise scheme; where to place it, what type to choose, and what kind of lamps to pick. This might be easy if you already have lighting in your home, but what if you are about to move into a new property or did some re-modeling. Read on as I will talk about how to choose the right lighting for each room in your home.
Stairways, Halls and Foyer
Halls, stairways and foyer are usually the first thing people get to see in your house and this is where usually first impressions are made. For that reason it is very important to choose the right lighting, which means you need to place something eye-catchy here. For instance, the foyer would look amazing with a nice chandelier. The stairway should be safe, so it should be lit from top to bottom, with switches placed on the side.
You should choose lighting that will enhance the beauty of the furniture, dramatize the walls and the paintings as well as put special emphasis on the bar (if you have one). It is the place where you spend most of your time, so you should strive to make it as comfortable as possible. For example, you could try recessed lighting, which is the perfect choice for emphasizing certain room elements.
In the dining room, the dining table is your focal point and it should be clearly emphasized. General lighting would fit perfectly, but a chandelier will give it an attitude and a dose of elegance. If the chandelier does not provide enough light for the room, add additional lighting.
The kitchen is the busiest room in the entire house; it is where you cook, make drinks, and where your family and friends often gather. To make the right lighting layout for this essential room, the first thing you should do is draw a sketch of it. That way you will know where exactly to place the lighting points. Any type of lighting would be great for a kitchen, just make sure it is not too much, meaning you need something simple, like ordinary glass or plastic pendants for the light bulbs.
Vanity and Bathrooms
The bathroom is the room where you start and end your day; it does not get more important than this. In the bathroom you make the first contact with yourself, so you want that lighting to be the best in making you look fabulous in the morning (just kidding, not going to happen). Halogen lighting is great for this purpose, and fluorescent bulbs are too.
This really depends on what you want to achieve; do you want to improve the safety in your house or just want to decorate it? Whichever the reason, the options are numerous. You can use decorative fixtures on the walls, posts, pathways and entrance foyers. These fixtures should complement the overall design of your outdoor area and be functional at the same time. So, if your outdoor area is designed with a dose of elegance, make sure you do not get any funny-looking lanterns that will spoil the elegant tone.