How You Can Properly and Effectively Light Up the Different Rooms in Your Home

Properly lighting up your home needn’t be a difficult or impossible task; all you need to do is select the right kinds of lighting fixtures – and have an overall theme or look in mind. But you also need to know the light’s purpose so you can choose the correct type of light for that specific purpose. For instance, if you are aiming for bright lighting in the kitchen so you can adequately see and prepare your food, then you need task lighting, which can come in the form of a pendant light or a series of pendant lights or an overhead chandelier. If you need lighting for ambience and to set the right mood, then you require accent lighting or ambient lighting. What other factors should you know when lighting up the different rooms in your home? Here’s how you can properly and effectively light up your home’s various spaces.

  • The entryway

For the entryway or foyer, think about something inviting and friendly so your guests will feel welcome as soon as they walk in. That being said, stay away from a plethora of task lighting fixtures or accent lights which will only illuminate certain areas. Instead, go for an overhead light such as a chandelier (especially if the entryway has a high ceiling). If your entryway doesn’t have a high ceiling, you can then go for a light fixture such as a standing lamp which sends out a warm glow.

  • The living area

For your living room, the aim is often to help people relax or become entertained, so you want lighting that can be bright when necessary, but you also want lighting that can be muted. For this, floor lamps and table lamps are an excellent choice, and wall sconces would be ideal. If you want to transform the mood of the living area instantly, you should go for dimmer switches which can dim or brighten the lights as you prefer.

  • The dining area

Dining areas have one thing in common: they need bright lighting that can make it easy for people to dine and see their food as well as converse. While you don’t need LED lighting for your dining area, you need to have lights that are bright enough to illuminate the room and not cast shadows. A pendant light directly on top of the dining table is a good choice, and so is a chandelier. For pendant lighting, don’t hang them too low so they don’t obstruct anyone’s view.

  • The kitchen

The kitchen is essential, and it’s an area that is notoriously difficult to get right when it comes to contemporary lighting. The room does require several lighting themes and schemes including bright lights on the island or countertop, and dimmer lights in areas that aren’t often used. If your kitchen has an open bar, an island, or a big kitchen sink, then you can do very well with pendant lights that are not only stylish but very functional as well.

  • The bedroom

For the bedroom, you would want lighting that’s warm and inviting, as it’s essentially the place where you sleep, after all. You could go for task lighting such as lamps, so you can read, and you can also install dimmer switches which can brighten up the room while you are cleaning, for instance, but also dim it if you want to relax.

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Rhys George

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