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Never under estimate the power of great lighting. Surprisingly, each light fixture has the capacity to create the illusion that small spaces are big and spacious. Proper lighting makes all the difference to any room.
It’s all about the proper placement of lights and finding the right shades that match your home. Take a look at the following tips below and see how you can improve your homes with lighting that is both stylish and functional.
1. Hanging lights
Pendants or hanging lights are great pieces to consider when decorating your small homes. It saves plenty of floor space and works great as accent pieces in your kitchen, dining areas, or even bedroom. Hanging lights come in various styles and it’s all about finding the right one that suits your taste.
Just remember to use these kinds of lights sparingly because you would not want your ceiling space to look overly decorated or cluttered. It is also very important to choose the right size of light fixture for your space. Avoid bulky pendants or hanging lights that take a lot of head room. Keep in mind the concepts of balance and proportionality. Here are some hanging lights to choose from depending on your style: chandeliers, bowl pendants, and bell pendants.
2. Cove lights
Interestingly, not every light fixture in your home has to be exposed or seen. Using cove or hidden lights is a very modern approach to home design. This style works well in any part of your home. It is especially beneficial to small houses because it saves on space. Cove lights look great in bathrooms, living rooms, and bedrooms.
It is unique and very good for outlining spaces in your home. You can even match your cove lights with cool light fixtures such as lamps or hanging lights to achieve a contemporary look.
3. Corner lamps
Placing a lamp at the corner of your living room or bedroom will create an impression of spaciousness. This is because every corner must be lit to avoid dark areas which appear neglected. Moreover, having corner lamps will make your space look more relaxed.
Floor lamps function as great accent pieces and task lights which can help you read or work better. In choosing the right lamp, remember to consider these two things: style and height. Similar to your other house fixtures, lamps must match the motif of your interior design. If you wish for the lamp to stand out, purchase lamps that come in a unique shape or bold color. More importantly, determine the height of your lamp. Make sure that its size will be proportional to the other items near it.
4. Center piece lights
No home is complete without a light fixture that stands out from the rest. It is important to find a “show off” light fixture that will allow your room to really pop out. Occasionally, these light fixtures are placed in the living room or dining room since these are areas that often hold guests and events. Usually they come in bolder designs with intricate details. Center piece lights should be hanged to save valuable floor space. It is recommended to limit center piece lights to one or two only to avoid tackiness. Because center piece lights also become topics of conversations, be sure to find one that you will really love and adore.
Take a look around your homes and spot paintings, antique fixtures, plants, or sculptures you want to showcase. You can easily highlight these things with the help of accent lighting or spotlights. You can opt to mount these lightings in the ceiling directed towards your item and later on adjust the light’s focus. Be careful about the distance placement of accent lightings. Placing them too near will create long shadows that might affect the view of your painting or sculpture. On the other hand, placing the spotlights too far will create a glare that will hinder anyone from fully appreciating your art piece.
6. Natural lighting
Nothing can beat natural lighting in terms of aesthetic impact. If you have windows in your home, allow the light to enter. This way, you not only save electricity, but also create the illusion that your space is bigger and more spacious. Also, this helps lessen the feeling of claustrophobia because you can see through the outside. Natural lighting makes your space look more dramatic and picturesque especially during sunsets. The orange hues illuminate your fixtures and make your space feel more cozy.
7. Finding the right shade
It’s no secret that finding the right shade for your home can be very tricky. To help you out, we simplified your options: white light or coloured (yellow) light. If you are going for a warmer and more cozy home, yellow light will work well with you. But if you prefer a cooler look, use white light. Just keep in mind that the shade you choose can make or break the ambiance of your home. Do not be afraid to mix shades to achieve the perfect tone for your house.
8. Utilize mirrors and shiny flooring
Mirrors and shiny flooring allow light to bounce back, thereby creating a brighter and more spacious looking area. Remember to position your lights near reflective items to achieve that bigger looking space.
9. Combining lights
There are only 3 basic rules to combining lighting.
First, make sure that before you buy decorative lights, you have a general light source in the form of pendants, hanging lights, or ceiling lights. This ensures that your space will be well lit.
Secondly, add an artistic flairto your space by combining specific lighting to your general light source. Specific lighting can come in the form of task or table lamps. These lights look great in corners or empty spaces.
Lastly, decorative lighting such as wall scones will tie your whole look together. It’s the perfect accent piece to your space. Do not be afraid to experiment to find the best lighting for your home.