How to Light the Rooms in Your Home
The lighting in a Broomfield home has a lot to do with how residents interact with different rooms. Dark rooms can be relaxing if people are trying to unwind from a busy day, or they can be frustrating if they want to put the final touches on a craft project. While it may seem obvious how much light a room needs, there may be a few details that homeowners may not have considered. Here are a few tips for getting it right.
Living Room/Den/Family Room
These rooms are often some of the most used in the home, likely because they're versatile. People may want to watch television, read a book, or play a video game. Because the space is multi-purpose, the lighting should be too. Layered lighting can be used to illuminate each activity and eliminate shadows. For example, turning on concealed cove lighting when hosting company but using a side lamp for watching a movie. Valance lighting can be used to create a vertical effect that causes the eye to move up, or accent lighting can be used to highlight a painting, bay window, or fireplace.
Bathrooms can become a breeding ground for injuries if homeowners aren't careful. One slip of the razor or a misstep on a slick floor can end in disaster. Strong lighting can't prevent all mishaps, but it can provide people with a clear picture of the dangers in front of them. Adding sconces on either side of the mirror can make the bathroom more decorative and functional at the same time. If lighting a smaller bathroom, consider putting a fixture on the opposite wall of the mirror. This tactic can banish dark corners and help people see their true reflection when getting ready.
The bedroom may seem like it should be romantic and relaxing, but it's also the place where people scramble to find their keys, get dressed, and organize their closet. Those who like to mix and match their outfits may want to put overhead lighting directly above the closet area. Those who like to read before bed should keep a reading light by the bed, so they can easily drift off to sleep. As a general rule, it's best to direct the lighting away from the bed for best aesthetic effects.
There are a few things to keep in mind before lighting a kitchen:
- Food prep: The right lighting can greatly reduce the chances of a knife slip. Recessed or under cabinet lighting can reduce darkness when preparing food.
- Shadows: LED lights may be great for the living room, but have been known to create dangerous shadows in kitchens.
- Walkways: The entire area between the sink, countertops, and cooking area should be bright and visible.
Dimmers can go a long way to set the mood in each room. This way, homeowners can use their kitchens to make dinner in the evening and to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea at the breakfast bar at night. If they're checking their phone at night, they can set the dimmer so the glare from the screen isn't quite as harsh on their eyes.
Lighting is a major component of the home's overall vibe, and can help sell a home. More than an aesthetic feature though, lighting can be a safety benefit for everyone in the house. If the lighting isn't sufficient in the different rooms of the home, it's only a matter of time before an accident occurs.