Light transforms the way we feel. Think about your mood on a drab, cloudy morning compared to a sun-kissed day, or a bright afternoon sun that softens into an evening dusk. We are biologically plugged into the light like a lamp into a socket. Light affects our energy levels, our mood, our sense of wellbeing, and it can make or break all our decor colour choices.
Your home is a place where you experience comfort, romance and peace of mind. These feelings can be controlled through the lighting in your home. It’s heartbreaking to walk into a newly renovated space and know immediately that the lighting is all wrong; expensive, but wrong.
The most beautiful rooms can be made ugly with bad lighting, and the ugliest rooms can be made beautiful with good lighting. Ready to be amazed? Here’s how the pros do it.
|The problem with having only one light in a room is that when you look at it, your pupils dilate, so the rest of the room appears darker. Even the tiniest accent lamp can help alleviate dim corners in a living room.|
1.Ideally, you want a total of 2,000 to 3,000 lumens (not sure what a lumen is? Check below the page!) coming from at least three different sources. That way, the room can be as bright as you like, or you can turn off a couple of lamps for a more serene and relaxing vibe.
2.Think about where you want to aim your light: Projecting up or projecting down. Shades angled up will light the entire room, and those pointing down, like this reading lamp, will brighten a contained space.
3.Highlighting someplace unexpected, like a nook or a bookcase, with a petite accent lamp is something designers always recommend. You don’t need more than a mellow 500-lumen bulb for that small space.
4.With table lamps, the height is key: The bottom of the shade should be just below eye level when you’re sitting by it. So if you’re in the market for a new lamp, have a sense of how tall your end table is, since no one likes a light shining in her face.
|When sitting across from someone, you don’t want the light ﬁxture blocking your view of them, but you want it low enough that the light will ﬁll the dining room table.|
1.Think about how you use your dining room table: If you only eat there, 2,500 lumens of light from the chandelier are plenty. If you like to pay bills or your child does homework there then ratchet it up to 3,500 lumens.
2.The rule of thumb for hanging a chandelier is that there should be 30 to 36 inches between the bottom of the ﬁxture and the table itself. It should also be one foot narrower in width than the table below it, otherwise, it will feel overpowering.
3.Mirrors are secret weapons for decorators faced with small spaces. They bounce the light from the overhead ﬁxture around so the room appears bigger and brighter than it really is.
4.Sconces always look elegant in a dining room: Most designers will say the wires should be hidden behind the drywall, but if you’re not up for that project, place decorative objects like framed pictures and vases in front to hide them.
|There’s nothing easier than walking into a bedroom and flipping a switch to light it. But if you like to read in bed, you definitely want a smaller lamp by your side.|
1.Two thousand lumens of overhead light is the industry standard; if you prefer a dimmer bedroom, 1,500 is enough for a tranquil space.
2.A ﬂoor lamp is great if you have an armchair in your bedroom. Put in a low-lumen bulb so it creates a soft, relaxing glow in that corner.
3.Bedside lamps should be 800 lumens each, which will be enough light for reading if the rest of the room around you is dark.
4.Task lighting or a swing arm sconce is ideal for bedside lighting. You will want the light to be directed toward a speciﬁc location rather than illuminating a large space (and annoying your partner as he tries to sleep).
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