Use Light for Home Improvement

Improving the overall look of your home is not that hard if you know how to experiment with light and use different types and sources of lighting.

There are some tips that could be useful to dramatically change the atmosphere in your home; try to use them to create your perfect home environment.

  • The kitchen

Generally, task lighting is extremely important in kitchens, especially for the kitchen triangle that regulates workflow; its three “points” are: sink, stove/oven, and refrigerator, so consider providing adequate task lighting for this zone.

Keep in mind that the darker the colors in your kitchen, the more sources of light you will need for sufficient lighting.

Kitchen occupancy sensors are a great energy-saving option; try to make use of it.

For dining areas with long tables, pendants are a great choice; apart from being a source of ample light, they visually separate the zone and make it appealing; chandeliers are an alternative, they add instant drama to the space.

Keep in mind that the proper kitchen lighting not only adds to its functionality, but brings in some extra warmth and character as well.

  • The bedroom

Opt for decorative wall sconces; they are one of the most beautiful options to enhance the décor.

Provide adequate lighting in dressing areas; consider adding bedside lamps, they are a must-have in bedrooms to bring in a touch of drama and romance; for balance and symmetry, place a matching pair.

When a reading nook is incorporated, task lighting is of crucial importance; table or floor lamps are perfect options, they not only are a source of sufficient light, but could also complement the décor and add a feeling of style and elegance.

For children’s bedrooms night lights are a must-have.

  • The living room

Layer the light and make the layers work together to create a visually appealing, well lit space. Strategically positioned wall sconces, table and floor lamps help create a cozy, inviting space.  If the room is bigger, track lighting is very practical to use.


For rooms with low ceilings opt for recessed lighting; moreover, when evenly spread along the wall or ceiling, recessed lights have the added advantage of making small rooms appear larger.

  • Accent lighting

Some people think of accent lighting as mood lighting, and it is, but it is much more than that. In addition to providing atmosphere and influencing the mood, accent lighting is used to accentuate architectural features and important objects, and to draw attention away from the things that are not pleasing.

Opt for an option that meets your needs to create visual points of interest, add an extra dimension to a room, and enhance the space.

  • Go green

One of the quickest and easiest green home improvements is to replace all light bulbs in your house with energy efficient ones that use about 75 % less energy than conventional lights; they will also last up to 10 times longer and you will get a surprisingly good return
on your investment with lowered electricity bills and a much longer service life.

Some more tips for creating a dream home ambience:

  • Let in as much natural light as possible; warm and fresh, it is the ideal complement to any electric lighting scheme
  • Repaint the space; play with colors to make it visually larger and more attractive
  • Get rid of clutter; remove all unused items; for a harmonious and balanced look of the room, opt for furniture that fits the size of the space
  • For a relaxed and romantic mood use scented candles and the more, the better; a lit fireplace has the same effect
  • Consider adding some color lights that create a unique blend of colors and bring in some reflective items to spice up the space
  • Always consider incorporating mirrors, they simply reflect and highlight whatever you want to feature and do not require color or style matching; mirrors immediately add sophistication and luxury to the space, and could really make a world of difference
  • Always consider applying dimmers to set the mood that meets your needs

No matter how beautifully a room is decorated, without proper lights it  looks incomplete and even dull. So, rework your lighting scheme to achieve a dramatic difference in the way a room looks and functions.

Author: Bruce

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