When you’re taking a selfie, do you usually go to well-lit spaces?
Good lighting helps to smoothen out blemishes and pimples on the skin while bad lighting only draws more attention to them. So when you’re taking a selfie, isn’t it better to take one with good lighting?
The way you position your light fixtures matters because just like how lighting can change the way you look in a photo, the same rules apply to your home.
How does lighting make a difference?
- Illusion of space
Dark lighting makes the room appear smaller while bright lights make it appear bigger. Rooms with inadequate lighting, on the other hand, will make the room seem cramped.
- Tone and atmosphere
The tone and atmosphere of a room can be set with good lighting. To decide what kind of lighting is suitable, you must first determine the purpose of the room. For instance, use task lighting for study rooms as it increases illuminance to accomplish tasks.
- Focal points
The brightest point in a room will always draw the most attention. This is also known as the focal point. To create this, use recessed lighting to showcase artworks or mirrors in a living room.
When there is light, there is shadow. Depending on the functionality of the room, install proper lighting to cover reflections and highlight whatever is necessary to create texture, variation and atmosphere.
7 Lighting tips for your home
1) Use ceiling fixtures to create space
To create ceiling space, incorporate a bold ceiling fixture that can direct people’s attention upwards. When you do this, you trick the eye into thinking that the ceiling is bigger than it actually is. Track lighting and ceiling spotlights are also famous choices to create space as they distribute light across the ceiling evenly and don’t take up much space.
2) Choose your lampshades
Lampshades are more than just decorations—they can change the colour and intensity of your lights depending on how dim or bright you want your room to be. Lighter lampshades allow for more light while darker ones will make the light more localised and shine only above and below the fixture.
3) Use warmer lights
Warm lights can make a room feel more inviting. And while blue light is said to suppress melatonin, warm lights can send signals to your body to relax and sleep better at night. To get started with warm lights, look for incandescent bulbs.
4) Incorporate natural light
Incorporate as much natural light as you can—it’s the healthiest option for you! Natural light helps to keep you awake and improve your mood, on top of adding more space to your home. To allow for more natural light, avoid using dark or non-transparent curtains.
5) Task lighting
Lightings are not just meant to light up the whole room. Sometimes, you’ll need more focused lighting. For example, you will need more lighting on the kitchen counter when you’re cooking and more lighting on your study table for reading. This is called task lighting.
6) Use dimmers
If you don’t want to install too many types of lighting to save space and money, use dimmers instead. That way, you get to adjust how much light goes into your room and change the atmosphere however you like.
7) Wall lights
If you want to draw more attention to your wall art, wall fixtures are great solutions as they’re exceptional for illuminating dark corners. So, when put in the right places, they can make a room appear brighter and more spacious.
When shopping for lighting fixtures, it’s important to think about form and functions. This is especially important if you live in a small apartment because lights can greatly affect how small or big a room is. The best thing you can do is to treat your lighting as a piece of furniture—there are different materials with different functions, so it is up to you to find ones that suit your needs.
Or, you can engage with us and let our team figure that out for you. To get your home designed and decorated to your liking by professionals, get in touch with us now!