Good lighting can make all the difference in the world. Sometimes it gets overlooked, but it plays an absolutely imperative role in not just illuminating your home, but also creating the mood and ambience of each space. Why create a beautiful space if there’s not enough light to see it?
A lighting plan should be decided during the conceptual design phase of building or remodeling your home. By planning ahead, you can ensure that each one of your rooms will look its best and work for those who use them. When choosing lighting for your home, here’s what you need to consider.
Before you can even think about lighting fixtures and placement, you need to know what the purpose of the lighting in each space is. Essentially, you want to minimize the number of fixtures and maximize the functionality and effect. Do you want the room to feel bright and productive, warm and welcoming, or dim and relaxing? Define the purpose of the lighting in each room first and foremost.
It goes without saying that different rooms call for different levels of lighting. The spaces where we relax and chill, socialize, sleep, etc. require the lowest levels of light—like the living room, bedroom, or dining area. Kitchens and bathrooms, on the other hand, require the most light. You need to be able to safely see the food that you prepare and cook, as it can be dangerous otherwise. You also need bright lights in the bathroom to get ready for the day. Have you ever tried to put on makeup in the dark?
Well-designed spaces should incorporate different layers of lighting—ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting is general lighting for everyday living, conversing, walking around, relaxing, etc. Task lighting is higher, more concentrated lighting for tasks (obviously), like reading, cooking, shaving, etc. Accent lighting is used to shine a spotlight on special architectural features, artwork, collections, and the like. Layering these three types of lighting provides greater options, piques interest, and improves your chances of having sufficient lighting.
Remember, if you want to include different types of lighting in each room, you need to have sufficient power sources. While you plan your lighting, be sure to plan your outlets as well. Having more outlets can actually be safer and make your home more functional.
Your lighting should be as functional as possible, meaning you should have separate switches for each type of light in a room. You need to be able to turn off your task lighting when you’re relaxing or turn on your accent lighting when you have guests over. Having a dimmer on light switches is a brilliant idea as well, since it gives you the flexibility of switching up the mood in each room whenever you desire.
Afraid you’re overdoing it with the lighting? Add in some reflective surfaces instead. Mirrors, glossy floors, and metallic finishes can help bounce the light around rooms, giving the impression that a space is brighter than it actually is.
These illuminating insights should give you a good idea of where to start when choosing lighting for your home. The professionals at Sandy Spring Builders will help you with the rest!