Lighting in a home can make or break the décor and ambience. In fact, it’s such an important factor, that most interior designers begin their projects by determining what kind of light sources they will use.
Have you ever walked into a well-decorated room that felt cold or like there was just something missing? If so, it was probably bad lighting. If your rooms seem to be lacking warmth, or that special something that you see in magazines, you could be doing something wrong with your lighting.
Here are the top 5 things most people get wrong:
Having too Many Light Sources
While it’s fine to have multiple fixtures, using them all at once can feel a little like a torture chamber. During the day, try to utilize natural light as much as possible, and only switch on the lamps that are necessary in order to give your room a light and airy ambience.
Using the Wrong Types of Light
Fluorescent bulbs are often used because they are much more efficient than incandescent lights. But keep in mind that fluorescents cast a yellow glow, which doesn’t work well with all décor, and also casts an unpleasant tone on people. Used in bathrooms, they can distort the appearance of your face, which is not ideal for women applying makeup!
For more cost efficient choices, try led bulbs. Today, there are more options available for this type of lighting, and they cast a much more pleasant color tone.
Using Only One Light Source
Just as using too many light sources can become overbearing, using too few can make a room seem unimpressive. A lot of people make the mistake of using only an overhead light to illuminate a room. In this situation, if an extremely bright light is used, the room can appear cold, but if a slightly dimmer light is used, the room can appear too dim.
Choosing the Wrong Wattage
This makes more of an impact than people realize. You may have the perfect light layout to complement your décor, but place 100-watt bulbs in every socket, and you could ruin the entire look and feel of your home. The same goes for using 20-watt bulbs in under-lit rooms. There is a balance that needs to be achieved with the number of fixtures and the strength of the bulbs. When in doubt, stick with 60-watt bulbs.
Over-Using Recessed Lighting
Recessed lighting is great for functional rooms such as the bathroom or laundry room, but many people make the mistake of using them all over the home. As renowned interior designer, Anthony Baratta says, “Use recessed lighting sparingly. Too many fixtures turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese!”
Lighting is one of the most important factors in your décor, and if done correctly, it will add the exact ambience you are looking for. But we realize that light is functional as well as decorative. That’s why we designed the Guidelight. The SnapPower Guidelight is designed to produce functional light that is just bright enough to illuminate a pathway or a countertop, but it’s soft glow also adds an attractive accent to any fixture. This innovative little nightlight switches itself on automatically in dark conditions and is designed with led lights that cost only about 10¢ a year to operate.
When designing your home interior, be sure to consider your lighting sources and the atmosphere they can add to your home.