Lighting is an integral aspect of your home and defines your taste, just as the furniture does. Most of us just stop after putting up general task lighting and add an accent piece here and there as an afterthought. But with a bit of creativity and effort, you can easily let lighting transform your living spaces.
Here are a few ideas to help you pull off magical décor upgrades with lighting.
- Different lights for different purposes
At home, you need lights for accomplishing tasks like chopping, cooking, and cleaning in the kitchen, reading at the study, and so on. Bright overhead lights are what is required for such tasks. But if you are spending leisurely moments with friends at the kitchen table or watching the television in the living room, bright lighting would be jarring to the eyes. Install a pendant light on top of the kitchen table or floor lamps for the living room can add to the ambience.
- Add accent lighting
Smaller accent lights in a room can help create a dramatic effect with a combination of light and shadow. Use these to highlight architectural features of your beautiful home, picture frames or pretty art pieces on the wall.
- Amplify the effect with lighted mirrors
Mirrors, on their own, add to the feel of space and light in a room. Lighted mirrors can heighten this feel by imparting a beautiful glow to your space. Add a dimmer switch and you can change the brightness of the mirror according to your mood. Lighted mirrors are an especially great addition to your bathroom or even the entryway.
- Chic chandeliers for a luxurious feel
Put up a chic chandelier in the living room to create a focal point — a conversation starter that instantly adds a dash of luxury. But make sure that you take into account the space you are installing the chandelier in. A large piece in a small space will make it look cramped up while a small chandelier in a large hall will simply get lost.
- Opt for energy-efficient lighting
Last but not least, switch to energy-efficient lighting to cut down on the overall cost of lighting up your home. Opt for LED lights, if you haven’t already. It saves energy and resources, and reduces your carbon footprint.
Despite their initial high cost, LED lights are an economical choice as their energy consumption is only 20–25% of what the normal bulbs use. These also last up to 15 to 25 times longer than incandescent ones.
Summing it up…
Make sure you install lighting fixtures that complement the décor of your home. An elaborate Victorian chandelier in an industrial type setup will be completely out of place. Again spotlights without anything to highlight will be missing out on serving their purpose.
These are just a few options that you can implement to upgrade your home lighting. Explore more options with OzLighting and find the perfect lighting pieces that suit your taste and lighting needs.