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When it comes to house interiors, lighting can really make or break a room. While I love the touches that furnishings and décor can add to a room, I find lighting both exciting and essential for a well-designed space.
Lighting is so important; it can affect the overall vibe and atmosphere of a room, as well as having bigger impacts, like affecting your sleep schedule!
But something people often get wrong is that lighting is not a one-size-fits-all situation. The lights you use should depend on the current light levels, the style of the room and the desired emotional impact you want it to have.
Having renovated many areas of my home, I’ve come to learn some great tips for picking lighting for specific rooms, which I will share with you here today!
A great tip for any room is to have multiple sources of light that can be layered. This usually comes in the form of three distinct categories:
- Overhead/ambient – usually a pendant light that acts as the room’s ‘natural’ light.
- Accent – things like lamps and wall lights.
- Task – lighting a specific area, like under-cabinet lights in kitchens.
Not every room needs all three of these, but often a combination works really well.
Lighting for the Kitchen
For kitchens, in addition to an overhead light, you’ll likely want some task lights underneath upper cupboards that shine down onto countertops.
Typically, you’ll want the kitchen to be the brightest room of the house, with bright, cool white or daylight bulbs used to create a more energetic atmosphere. Plus, it makes for a pretty great spot to take snaps for Instagram!
Depending on the size of your kitchen space, this room is one of the best for getting inventive with lighting. If you have a kitchen island, then try dangling
industrial style lights above it for a stylish way of brightening the room, or place wall sconces above sinks or appliances. This allows you to brighten up the room without taking up any much-needed worktop space.
Lighting for the Living Room
The best combination for a living room is ambient lighting with an accent light in one corner that adds a highlighting glow on a particular feature, such as a piece of wall art.
You’ll want a less bright, but warm white light for the living room, as this will bring cosy vibes to the room.
Living rooms are the perfect place to experiment and get creative with fancy lamps. You can get some table lamps as accents, or a bigger floor lamp in an empty corner or behind a chair. A vast range of lamps are available, so you’re bound to easily find something to suit your chosen style.
Lighting for the Bedroom
The bedroom is an ideal spot to have multiple layers of lighting. In the morning, you can use overhead lighting to see your outfit in the best light. Task lighting, in the form of a ring light, might help you to better see your makeup at the dressing table, and table lamps can bring a softer and calmer atmosphere before bed.
Like the living room, you’ll want warm white lighting for a warm and cosy atmosphere that can help you feel more restful.
Adjustable ceiling mount lights can be good for a bedroom space, as the lighting can be directed away from the bed area and pointed at places that need more lighting in the room, such as wardrobes and dressing tables.
Lighting for the Bathroom
Bathroom lighting can be one of the hardest to get right. You want to avoid creating shadows, so overhead lighting, plus lighting down the side of a mirror can be a good combination. Try to avoid placing a light directly above the mirror as this can cast unwanted shadows right where you want to see yourself clearly!
Like the kitchen, you’ll want bright, daylight bulbs that energise and provide less shadows.
Remember that any light you use in the bathroom needs to be suitable for being used in a damp and humid environment, so lamps are a big no, and you should avoid any fabric shades as these can get mildewy.
I hope this guide can help you pick out the lighting of your dreams for your home and get the right ambience for each room type!
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This is a collaborative post.