As with clothing, the key element of good lighting is layering. Although the number of light fixtures is important, lamp styles are too. These tips will make people ask you for advice, whether you are looking to decorate one room or do a whole-house makeover.
A floor and table balance
Regardless of the space size, a combination of both table and floor lighting is always a home run. Larger rooms can even take several floor lamps without cramping the space. Alongside their original function, lamps can always add an extra flavor to a room – complementing a piece of art, colorful drapes or shiny elements.
Mismatching is welcome
Unlike with colors, there are no strict rules for matching lamps and lighting. What is more, a room with a few mismatched items looks even more layered and sophisticated. What works well are hints of broken patterns. For example, two table lamps on their nightstands on both sides of the bed translate a pattern which is then broken with a third lamp in a different color that lights the separate seating area.
Size doesn’t matter, but proportions do
When it comes to overhead lamp fixtures, the lamp size relative to the room needs to be justified by its purpose. In a minimalistic environment with paper-white walls and ceiling, an openwork geometric pendant easily becomes an eye-catcher, with no pretentions to be the main light source.
The right table lamp
There is one general recommendation on table lamp sizing – the light bulb or the socket should not be seen either from a standing or seated position. If the lamp is too tall, it will be uncomfortable for people to sit around it, and if it is too short, the glare from the top will surely blind everyone who passes by. The good thing is that different bases and shades can be combined for achieving amazing effects.
Avoid repetitive patterns
While they are excellent at making a room come alive by accenting artwork, wall washing or grazing needs to be used sparingly as ambient lighting. If you find them challenging to install in a DIY way, professionals from companies like ASAP Electricians are available 24/7. From a design point of view, they shouldn’t be used as a main source of light. On the other hand, a smartly placed strip of recessed lights contrasts perfectly with a pair of tripod floor lamps, which provide the main source.
The concept of layering is especially important in living rooms and other areas where people gather for different activities. Here, recessed down-lights should give way to indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling for an ambient effect. Another way to achieve that is by using recessed lighting directed towards the walls.
With a limited amount of space and a grooming mirror as a centerpiece, bathrooms are often a challenge for lighting placement. A central overhead fixture that is often seen in many unlucky bathrooms casts a shadow on the person standing in front of the mirror. A failsafe bathroom tip is to light both sides of the mirror with wall-mounted lamps.
The dining area
With the dining table already playing center field, it is only logical that lighting should accentuate it even more. Placed directly above the feast, the lighting piece will fight with the table for dominance. As such, it should display your personal style and taste, without losing its functionality.
Lighting is one of those things that can turn a house into a home. Apart from its functional role, it carries a great stylistic potential, too. The arrangement and choice of lamps can open or close a space, and with multiple options at hand, you can control the ambience and mood in every room.