In the (sometimes chaotic) season of building or redecorating a home, lighting is usually not the first thing that comes to mind (unless you’re an interior designer, decorator, architect, etc.), and the psychology of lighting, the way it affects the the tone of each room and its dwellers, is easily overlooked. We want your dream home to have just the right atmosphere, so we’ve gathered our experts to give you a few crucial tips.
Because there are many functions and aspects of a kitchen (cooking, entertaining, maybe working at a desk), it is important that you have multiple sources of lighting: Task lighting over the stove and under cabinets to illuminate counter tops, general lighting for the room as a whole (can lights, chandeliers, or pendants), and accent lighting to highlight a specific part of the room you want noticed (art or a customized architectural design).
In order to have the flexibility to freely change the tone between an energetic dinner party and an intimate and relaxing gathering, we recommend using dimming lights in your dining room. Instead of focusing your light on those seated at the table, have one focal point where light can enhance the dining room table and meal by using soft white LED light bulbs (about 2700-3000k).
If you want your living room to be warm, relaxing, and great for good conversation, keep your lighting at eye level. If you want to bring a more energetic and inviting tone to this room (especially during the day), bring natural light in from the outdoors by opening your shutters or blinds. Be careful when finding the balance between a cozy living room and a really (too) dim man cave, however, and consider applying accent lighting to not only draw attention to specific items or areas but also provide a little bit more brightness.
Regardless if you want a warm, serene feel or a open master bedroom full of light, do us a favor and forget about the canned lights. Like the living room, eye-level lamps are a much better option here for lighting a snug, peaceful space, and if you do want it to be brighter without letting the world see through your windows, find a chandelier that fits your personality and let it do its magic.
If you want to savor your sleep and prevent your little ones from crawling into your bed in the middle of the night, think before you order the most precious lamp or chandelier that goes perfectly with their nursery. Dramatic lighting is known for its shadows and can make their favorite stuffed animal look like the boogie man as soon as the lights are turned off, so do not overlook the lighting aspect when decorating their room. Also, while it may be your dream to have it decorated just like your childhood vision, remember this is a kid’s room and should be treated accordingly. Make sure the lamp cords cannot be tugged easily, consider getting a wooden lamp instead of glass or pottery that could easily break, and don’t put the fixtures in line of fire (when an airplane or basketball is thrown through the air).
Avoid getting strange looks at the grocery store from putting your makeup on wrong by applying eye-level fixtures, and while you’re at it, don’t even think about fluorescent lights! To mimic natural light and see your true skin tone in the mirror, use daylight CFL’s or color temperature LED’s.
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