The following contribution is from another author.
When decorating, furniture choice is a big part of the process for your home. Whether it’s proper placement of your couches and cushions in your rooms or checking the items that you hang on the walls, every part of the room counts in turning it into what it is.
There is, however, one aspect of the house that gets overlooked by many homeowners: Lighting
Being one of the more nuanced parts of the house, homeowners don’t usually pay attention to lighting when decorating, but this is a mistake, especially if you want to decorate a room to its utmost best.
Not only does proper lighting add on to the aesthetic of the room, they are quite budget-friendly to implement too. Here are some ways you can take advantage of this:
Add chandeliers for elegance
Nothing says classy like a nice chandelier hanging from the ceiling, especially when used to replace the regular unappealing lights of a room.
Their large scope and elegant atmosphere make it so that they are best hung in your larger rooms, such as the living room and the kitchen. Though depending on how big your other rooms are, you can still hang one inside, such as in the master bedroom.
But what if you don’t have space, or you don’t want something too big crowding the rooms? Then maybe consider…
Sconces on the wall
What to do if your room is too small? Use a smaller light.
Hallways and bathrooms are perfect spots for sconces on your walls. You can place them symmetrical to each other in the bathroom under the mirror, or you can place them in an alternating way in the hallway to ensure that it’s not too bright but still aesthetically pleasing.
When looking at your room, adjust accordingly to its size. Sure, a chandelier looks nice, but if it’s too big to fit in the room, it might make it look stuffier and tighter instead. On the opposite end, using sconces on a large room means that the light might not travel everywhere in the room, leaving some parts of the edge in darkness.
Take advantage of natural light
There is an abundance of light that you can use right now that won’t cost you a penny.
Yes, it’s the light outside your house!
The light from the sun seeps in from your windows, and you can even control how much of it enters the room by using things like made to measure curtains.
Plus, if you are using curtains that are made to your specifications, you will be able to design your windows wonderfully when you have control of the color and size, especially when you want to control the natural light.
But curtains are not the only way you can brighten up the inside of your home from the outside. Skylights, for instance, are prized for being an aesthetically pleasing design on the roof or ceilings of houses, while also being able to seep in the natural light of the day, and the moonlight of the night.
Proper kitchen lighting
As important as the designs of the nooks and crannies of the kitchen are when designing, especially when it is a major workplace while you are cooking, the lighting also matters in setting the tone and atmosphere.
A single type of bulb might work for something like a living room, but in a kitchen, where the space is used for multiple activities all of which take place in different parts of the room, not so much.
You can opt to add in more kitchen lights to help separate the atmosphere of the kitchen. Lights tailored to more specific parts of the kitchen that are being used such as countertops and dark edges help.
Similarly, you can divide the kitchen lighting into three categories, general lighting (one that illuminates the entire kitchen, likely what your old bulb is already doing) task lighting (for when you need to get nitty-gritty in your cooking on specific parts of the kitchen), and accent lighting (if you want to set the mood of the place)
Use dimmers effectively
A frequently overlooked part of lights are dimmers, mostly because we’re so used to the ON/OFF switch that most lights have.
But dimmers are great in setting relaxing moods in the living room for you, especially in those warm and cozy afternoons to evening lounges. Maybe you still want light, but not so much that it burns your eyes. At the same time not so little that you can’t see anything anymore.
Lights are an essential part of any home, not just because it helps you to see, but because it affects even the aesthetic and atmosphere, and with the right know-how, can enhance a house greatly. You should not take it lightly (pun intended).
Eric, what about using automatic or motorized blinds for better natural light management? They could help passively manage the incoming natural light through the day, as they could be set to lift or drop at preset times. (I mean the type of blinds or curtains like the ones in the link)