Updating your indoor lighting is one of the easiest ways to change your home’s decorative look. And with today’s lighting options, you have more choices than ever.
The use of LED lights, for instance, is booming, doubling in just two years. But before we take a look at some new home lighting options, remember the three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent.
Think of ambient light as the ‘natural’ light in your room. It’s meant to provide just enough overall illumination and shouldn’t be so strong that it is harsh or glaring.
Use task lighting to help see projects – cooking, writing, reading – more clearly. It is most effective when it contrasts with lower levels of ambient light.
Want to add style and drama to a room? Use accent lighting to highlight specific features like artwork, displays, or pieces of furniture.
So what are some unique lighting ideas that can brighten up your home? Let’s take a look.
Bathroom Light Makeover
Bathrooms are often the most overlooked room for lighting, but with all of today’s options, adding pizzazz is easy. For example, most bathrooms still have a dull ceiling fixture for ambiance and task lights around the vanity.
Updating those bathroom light fixtures will make a big difference, but for a modern – and unique look – consider one of the new LED grid wall lights.
They can be sleek and minimalistic, and some are dimmable, too. The light is crisp, clear, warm, and available up to 75 watts.
Working from Home
With more and more people working from home these days, updating or even adding good lighting to your home office is a great idea.
You want good ambient lighting to start with, and then you want to add some task lighting to your desk. Gooseneck lamps have always been a favorite, but it’s time to ditch the one that looks like it came from your college dorm room.
Instead, opt for a traditional-looking lamp made from brass and stainless with an ancient-looking braided cord. LED, of course, for longevity and power savings but with a look that you might have found in a high-end antique store.
Most families probably spend more time in their kitchens than in any other room, so the right balance of light from kitchen light fixtures is crucial.
Think of everything you do in the kitchen. Cooking and food prep, of course, but the list probably includes eating, homework, and other activities.
That means ambient and task lighting, accent light too if you have some favorite artwork on the wall. Sinks, cooktops, and islands all need lighting.
One of the hot, new trends is to add a dimmable linear pendant fixture over the kitchen island, which can function as both ambient and task lighting. From traditional to geometric, choices abound.
Indoor Lighting: Décor Makeovers
With more indoor lighting options than ever, including new LED fixtures, there’s never been a better time to update your décor. Whether you want to add drama or re-do the drab, do it with the flick of a switch.
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