To light, a room appears to be simple: plug in a lamp, voila, and flip a switch. A bright room now becomes bright. But some mistakes can cause a comfy space to feel, well, off. Here are the common mistakes to avoid:
You don’t think in layers
It looks so easy to install a row of recessed lights and call it a day, but this method will eventually be a disappointment. People in their homes tend to light their rooms as if they are hosting a conference – too much overhead light. It doesn’t in any way, add any warmth or character to a room. Overhead lighting is a go-to option in some spaces, but that is not enough. If you omit duty lighting, like table lamps, and floor lamps, to read on your couch or writing on your desk could be a strain to the eyes. If you only install can light in your room, you will not get the cozy quality that besides the lamp can provide. A variety of lights keeps your common areas more flexible. Ambient lighting will come in helpful when you are hosting big holiday parties, but you will desire the intimacy of a table light when it is only you curled up with a magazine. Do you want a fancy lamp? Accent lights that highlight art, walls or cabinet interiors can add a lux design element to a room.
You dismiss dimmer switches
Many of the designers we communicated to consider these mistakes as a major pet peeve. Dimmers are the best-kept secrets of lighting design. It allows for the control of lights from day to night, for several events, and also depending on your mood. A quaint dinner party won’t be so in your dining room if it’s lit up like that of a stadium.
Forget about where shadows might fall
If you put a light in the wrong spot, you will create more problem than a solution. In the bathroom, try sconces on either side of the mirror instead of putting a single light above. Overhead lighting casts a shadow on your face. If you must use an overhead light, you have to choose a more extended, flat fixture (instead of going for a single bulb) to help illuminate your face well. Shadows can as well disturb your kitchen workspace. If your kitchen lights are fixed above the counter to work, you will cast a shadow when you stand at the table at the place you needed the light. The solution to this problem is by installing under-cabinet lights. Do you encounter such shadow problem in your office? Ensure your desk has a task lamp.
You pick the wrong size fixture
It is a common mistake that people usually make in their homes. A small chandelier over a big dining table or an oversized lamp on a table that is next to a sofa will undoubtedly make the area misappropriate. Try the design skills of selecting the appropriate size of lights; add together the height of the room and the width in feet. The number in inches should be approximately the diameter of your light. In your dining rooms, choose a chandelier that is smaller than the width of the table. You don’t have to keep looking at it when you get to the store. Fixtures often look smaller in lighting showrooms, so measurement is needed.
You don’t fix lamps at a helpful height
The bottom of a decoration light should be at least 30 to 36 inches higher than the kitchen island. The base of a chandelier should be 66 inches from the floor in a dining room, and if you sit next to a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be at the shoulder height. If the light is high, the bulb can probably affect the eyes.
You forget that lights consume energy
You will probably not be aware of this fact, but taking stock of what you use is essential. Long-lasting CFL and LED bulbs cost more up front but can save you a lot of money over time. But they won’t be a perfect match in every space; for instance, they don’t work with dimmers.
You don’t consider your room’s color
No matter the number of lights fixed in a room, it won’t have that light, airy feelings if the walls are very dark. It will become obvious, but slightly different hues in the same color, the family can make a difference. Repainting the walls with lighter colors will brighten up the room.