Lighting has the power to brighten or dampen the mood of any room. Transform your spaces by avoiding these common home lighting mistakes.
Not every light bulb or fixture is a one size fits all solution. There are different hues and styles of residential lighting that can drastically transform the look and feel of a room, at the switch of a lightbulb.
Each type of residential lighting has a different job and function. The tricky part is determining which lighting hue and fixture (can, pendant, wall sconce, lamp, etc.) works best in each space and context.
3 Most Common Home Lighting Mistakes
With lighting being a main factor in setting the mood in your home, it is important to avoid some common home lighting mistakes from the start.
Mistake #1: Dim Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen lighting is often designed with a pendant light over the island, a lightbulb under the range hood, and more light shining on the floor rather than the countertops. However, that amount of lighting is simply insufficient when you are preparing and cooking food. You can easily avoid or remedy a dimly lit kitchen by layering the lighting with overhead track lighting or under-the-cabinet strip lighting.
Mistake #2: Not Setting the Right Mood
The last thing you want is to feel like you are in a hospital or convenience store, under fluorescent bulbs, when you are trying to relax with your family or host guests at your home. Everyone has different mood preferences, and each type of lighting can evoke different moods. So, pay attention to the hue you choose for each room in the house.
For example, you may want your kitchen brighter than the other rooms, so you should use more white hue light bulbs. In contrast, you may want your living room to feel cozier, so you should use warmer hue lightbulbs.
Mistake #3: Forgetting About Function
If your lighting fixture (lamp, pendant, wall sconce) is not providing you with sufficient illumination, then it is not fulfilling its primary function. While you may love the fixture’s look as a decorative piece, it is also important to have sufficient illumination for each room.
You can make sure to factor in the light’s function by deciding the room’s mood and purpose ahead of time. For example, if you have a reading nook and need more focused lighting, you can shop for a beautiful reading lamp that you can easily adjust to shine on your book. Or, if you want to illuminate a living room, consider shopping for stunning, modern track lighting.
Helping You Avoid Home Lighting Mistakes from the Start
A lightbulb is no longer a one size fits all solution. Each room sets a different mood and has a different purpose. There are plenty of lighting options available to help you create an attractive and functional solution for each of your rooms.
To find the perfect lighting in your home, you should first consider what you want each room to feel like when your family or guests are using them. Then, you can decide on the best hues and fixtures for each room. You can even add a dimmer switch to get even more control over the illumination of each room.
We can help you avoid home lighting mistakes, whether you are renovating your home or building it from the ground-up. Contact us today to learn how we can help you set the right mood for your home.