When the sun goes down, and you flick on the lights in your house, are you satisfied with the effect? You may not have considered lighting as an important element to the overall appeal and comfort of your home, but if you get the lighting wrong, you can drastically affect the ambiance – the mood, look and style – of your living environment.
The Dramatic Effect of Proper Lighting
Indoor lighting is key to any remodeling project you may be considering for your home. Even if you are not in the market for an upgrade, subtle changes to how you light up the rooms in your house can do wonders toward improving the look of an otherwise drab, dingy, dark or harshly lit space, such as your kitchen or living room.
For example, nothing says “old and cold” than a florescent overhead light in your kitchen. Even installing new cabinets or countertops won’t be enough to overpower that harsh glare. Consider recessed lighting overhead or under the cabinets to achieve a warm glow. Dimmers are also a good idea if you want to control the brightness.
How about your living area? Candle-glow adds charm. So do the right light fixtures. Spotlights strategically placed behind floor plants can add a dramatic effect to an otherwise, dark corner of the room. Accent lighting such as track lights can also add drama to a wall of photos or artwork. A mix of table lamps and floor lamps will provide glowing light combinations throughout the room.
Lighting Improves Your Home
There are a myriad of creative and cost-effective lighting techniques to help improve the look and feel of every room. Your ultimate goal should be to achieve an inviting and warm atmosphere that says “home sweet home.”