As you consider your home, and the environment you would like to create for your family, it is easy to focus on larger items — things like couches, pieces of art, what is hanging on the walls, or larger furniture items. Often, we tend to neglect a most important finishing touch: the lighting of our home. If you are working with Decorating Den — or another interior designer — you will most assuredly discuss lighting before the re-design process begins. If not, however, you will want to focus on this most important aspect of interior design throughout your home.
What Do You Want From Your Home?
As you fill your home with the stuff of life: important photos, art you’ve collected, a nostalgic relic from your college days, messes, family members, guests, etc., considering placement, focus and design is essential. And it begins with one question: What do you want out of your home? What are a few of your main goals for your home in general and each room in particular? This will help drive every decision, but it will also help drive your decisions regarding lighting.
Lighting: A Few Tips and Tricks
Lighting can be the life force within your home — it can support and encourage the design and positive features that exists. It can even mask some of things you may not enjoy within your home. Moreover, poor lighting can highlight these negatives or fail to support the positive interior design features of your home. It is a powerful tool when used correctly. Here are just a few tips:
- Consider the desired mood you’d like to create before purchasing lighting. Do you want your family room to be the center of activity, drawing people in and encouraging conversation? Do you want your library to be a place of peace and relaxation? These desired moods and outcomes will drive decisions.
- Choose various types of lighting options, particularly for bigger rooms. Your common areas should contain a variety of lighting types that function together in harmony –possible floor lamps, track lighting, as well table lamps — and maybe even a few light fixtures around the outside of the room.
- Use direct, overhead light to accent specific pieces. Direct lighting draws attention to specific pieces; it should not be used at random. Pick a piece of art you love, and draw attention to it using direct (yet soft) lighting from above.
- Make lighting easy on yourself. Choose fixtures and lamps you enjoy, and add to the lighting in your home slowly. Plan early for track lighting if you’re planning to renovate your kitchen or bathroom.
- Never leave a room in the dark. Always have plenty of lighting in each room of your house, and focus on lighting in each room. Don’t leave anyone in the dark — it can be exceedingly frustrating!
We hope this helps as you seek out lighting options for your home!