Decorating Ideas Lighting Design Tips

The holiday decorations have come down. The cold, dark days of winter have set in. And now your house feels dark and gloomy. Battle the winter blahs by making a few key changes in your lighting. Remember, it’s not just about making your room brighter. The right lighting can make your room better!

 

Add Portable Lamps

Placing table or floor lamps in strategic spots is a great way to add light and create a sense of warmth in your home. It’s also helpful for doing leisure activities, such as reading, knitting, and doing crossword puzzles. Many lamps have adjustable heights, letting you place the light right where you need it. In addition to the lamp height, pay attention to the shape and color of the shade. Shades that are too skinny may not spread the light adequately. And shades that are too dark, may not brighten the room the way you would like.

 

Add Accent Lights 

Accent lighting adds a comforting glow to dark spaces in your home. It helps to make your rec room cozier, your bedroom more relaxing, and your dining room more inviting. There are many options for adding accent lighting – wall sconces, lamps, cove lighting. Decide which type of lighting is practical for your space. Adding accent lights in hallways and stairwells also provides illumination to help you avoid slips and falls.

 

 

Add Pendant Lights

Pendants are a great way to add some light to your space. They are available in a wide array of sizes, styles, and colors, so they’re a perfect way to infuse your personal style into a space. A well-spaced series of pendant lights can also be used to provide needed task lighting over a kitchen counter or bar area. Because pendants are often suspended by a cord or chain, it is easy to adjust the hanging height of the fixture, making them ideal for rooms with sloping or tall ceilings. Pendants can also be used to define different spaces in an open floor plan when hung over a dining table, kitchen island, or entry area.

 

 

Add Recessed Lights 

Well-placed dimmable recessed lights, also known as can lights, provide the right amount of light where you need it. With the emergence of LEDs, recessed lights are now available in smaller diameters. These smaller sized recessed lights, along with proper lighting design, allow them to practically disappear into your ceiling. White is no longer the only option for recessed trims (the flat ring that covers the rough edge of the ceiling cutout for recessed lights). Additional color and material options provide greater design possibilities. Adjustable can lights are also available for directing light toward wall art or architectural features of your home.

 

 

Regardless of what type of lighting you add to your home, it’s important to choose light bulbs with the right color temperature and lumen output. The lighting consultants at Gross Electric can offer expert advice on choosing the right bulbs for your fixtures. They can also create the ideal lighting design for your space. Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our lighting consultants.