There are people make their living by helping homeowners design their home lighting scheme. Unfortunately, not all of us have the money to hire someone, so we have compiled a list of useful tips for you to employ when designing your own home lighting plan.
First of all, always consider the purpose of the lighting. A chandelier would not be hung in the garage because it simply does not fit the purpose of the area. Remember that the light fixtures placed in the room are there to coordinate with the purpose of the space. For entertainment rooms, lights that can be dimmed are an excellent choice; they compliment the purpose of the room, which is usually to entertain guests or to watch television or movies. Dimming light fixtures give the room the feel of a theater and soften the edges in the room, making it more welcoming. However, if you have a living room that is primarily used for reading, track lighting or well-placed lamps are important to relieve stress on the eyes. The purpose of the room and the purpose of the lighting fixture always go hand-in-hand.
The light fixtures that really help to bring the personal touch to a home are usually those that are placed for accent. Accent lights are well-placed fixtures, usually wall sconces, table lamps, under-cabinet lights, or pendants, which illuminate the special characteristics of your home. Under-cabinet lights are often used in kitchens over the counter-tops where food is prepared, which enable the fixtures to both illuminate the work area and also add ambient light to the room. Wall sconces are some of the most flexible light fixtures when placing for accent; these fixtures come in a number of different styles, from the simple contemporary to the elegant stained glass. Wall sconces also provide up-light, which is easier on the eye. Also, these lights supply decoration on simple walls by using either plain or colored light, depending on the style of fixture chosen.
Investigating features that can be added onto your existing light fixtures is also a great choice when re-inventing your home lighting scheme. For example, if you have sconces placed in your home which shine plain white light, a quick, cheap solution would be to invest in bulbs that mimic the light of candles. The flicker produced by these bulbs and the softer nature of the light can easily make a room more welcoming. Accenting features already present in your home is another important point to remember. Mantles, pictures, or interesting architecture can be accented with a few simple lights. Track lighting is a valuable tool – it works well in lighting artwork as well as softly lighting a mantle. The ease of installation is also an attraction for track lighting.