Many homeowners forget the importance of their lighting until they're in a different environment. Soft lighting has the potential to calm the nerves while harsher lighting may inadvertently make a resident feel anxious. When going through each room, there are tips to keep in mind regarding both the practical aspects of lighting as well as some of the less tangible ways that an overhead glare may influence residents. Many lighting upgrades and changes can be done by a homeowner, while other more complicated lighting jobs should be left to the professionals.
Living Room Lighting
From watching a movie to reading a book, living room lighting should be designed to handle a variety of activities. Interior decorators suggest layering the light. When the television screen is on, people can use dimmer lights so it doesn't interfere with the quality of the picture. If someone is flipping through a magazine, they can turn up the lighting so they're not straining their eyes.
For those looking for aesthetic lighting, valance or concealed cove lights in living rooms can create an interesting vertical effect that causes people's eyes to move upwards. Accent lighting can make a treasured painting or elaborate fireplace look even more stunning.
The lighting in the bathroom needs to be not just bright but also well-balanced. People need plenty of light when they're shaving or applying make-up, so consider the general safety of the room when choosing lighting. To eliminate shadows and provide people with enough visibility, many homeowners will place additional lights on the sides of the mirror or install another light above the shower.
In smaller bathrooms, add a wall sconce or an additional fixture on the other side of the mirror. This can help provide a truer representation of the appearance of a person and reduce (or eliminate) the need for overhead lighting.
The temptation to make bedroom lighting soft can be strong because bedrooms are often a sanctuary from the rest of the world. However, dim bedroom lighting can also be a safety risk while people are getting dressed or searching for their misplaced keys. Those who would like softer lighting in the bedroom can consider putting a light just above the closet or nightstand so they can see what they're doing at all times.
One can also purchase dimmer switches for the option of adjusting the lighting at any time, and reading lights to minimize eye strain before bed. Lights should generally be pointed slightly away from the bed to achieve a better aesthetic effect without compromising safety.
Lighting in the Kitchen
Strong lighting in a kitchen means people can use knives, rinse dishes, and use their appliances without having to squint. This can not only limit the number of general accidents in the kitchen, but it may even prevent injury or property damage. Under cabinet lighting using linear fluorescent bulbs is another way to give people the lighting they need when doing more complicated tasks in the kitchen.
Note that LED lighting has a tendency to create shadows that can make it difficult to see where a knife is moving or which setting the electric mixer is on. Those who enjoy quieter activities in the kitchen, such as a morning cup of coffee or a nightly cup of cocoa, can consider getting dimmer switches for more options.
Home lighting may not seem like a complicated task, but there are a number of factors to consider before picking out the right bulbs and fixtures. Consider how people move and work in each room to make smarter choices. Good lighting in a McKinley Landing home can not only make the homeowners feel more at home, it may also assist in selling the home when or if that time arrives.