Lighting within a home is one of the most fundamental necessities humans have today. Without lighting, we are thrust back into the dark ages, and are unable to accomplish tasks we deem essential.
Lighting takes on many forms within the home, from the common lamp to everything else including walls and ceiling lights, spotlights, downlights, garden lights, chandeliers, solar lights, security lights, pendants, uplights, recessed lights and timed lighting. Depending on the mood of the room, one or more of these types of lights might come into play.
What lighting is best for a warm, comfortable living area? A combination of lights is best for a room where people spend a lot of time. This is because not only is this area meant for comfort, but may also have to provide room for many different tasks. A spotlight might be necessary in the corner of the room by a couch to provide the matriarch with the best lighting for needlework, uplights look charming and evoke warmth and comfort when placed behind plants and furniture. Lamps on each table provide essential lighting for everyday living as well as take on the task of translating the occupants personal style.
Bathroom areas are less complicated and may need only lighting above the sink and perhaps a nightlight or two to provide late night access.
On the outside of the home, solar lights and security lighting may be installed. Solar lights make use of the environment and help conserve energy while allowing a subtle, beautiful light for visitors to see by as they enter and exit the home. Security lighting is important two-fold, streaming on when visitors arrive, as well as alerting the household of possible intruders.
Shades and controls may be installed to allow for adjustments with lighting. Dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms are all excellent places to install dimmer switches to be able to control the atmosphere of the room. Shades can be replaced from season to season to best represent the style of the homeowner.
Kitchen lighting may also require a combination of lighting tools such as pendants, simple chandeliers, as well as hidden lights – beneath the cupboards, as well as inside the cupboards. The use of glass with lights is particularly useful in the kitchen, colored and painted glass coupled with the right lighting creates a beautiful effect.
Designing the home with light and lighting fixtures has fast become one of the most popular areas of home design. Finding new ways to use light, whether it be subtle or overt, white or colorful, will only enhance the comfort level of a home. Find cool lightning in our bathroom design ideas.