Lighting Your Home
I’ve worked in the lighting industry for more years than I care to admit. Throughout this time I have received many of the same questions over and over again.
Since I consider lighting a highly effective and important element of interior design, I thought a quick tip reference would help folks out there struggling with lighting their space.
Here are a few nuggets you may find helpful:
1. Layer your light when possible. When in doubt, a recessed can in each corner switched separately from a center decorative light fixture does the trick. This way you can choose how much light you’d like at any given time. Just be sure if your center fixture is a fan that your recessed fixtures are far enough away from the fan blades to prevent a strobe effect.
2. When possible, use dimmers. In the day time hours I like my lights bright, but in the evening a lower light may be best. However, when selecting your dimmer check that it is compatible with the type of bulbs you intend to use.
3. How big should my fixture be? I am not one for hard and fast rules, but if you’d like a quick Go-To, add the length and depth of your room in feet then convert that to inches. Example: a 10′ by 10′ room should get a 20″ fixture since 10 + 10 = 20. However, feel free to do what feels best. Especially in a dining room where you want to make a statement. Go big if you like! If you have a long dining table it can even be fun to hang two fixtures, one over each end.
4. Don’t be afraid to have fun. Choosing a statement fixture can make a delightful centerpiece to your design. Just remember to have one focal point (be it a chandelier, a sofa, or an art piece) then choose complimenting pieces to enhance your focal point, not compete with it.
5. Light your art! This can be done from the ceiling or even an art light mounted above the artwork. You will be amazed what a high end effect this will have. If you have sculptures try up lighting them with a puck light on the floor, so dramatic! The same can be done with house plants to create fun patterns on the walls. Just place a small puck light in the pot at the base of the plant.
What about you? Is there a lighting situation you’ve been scratching your head over? Get in touch! I’d be glad to help.