Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lighting Changes That Make A BIG Difference in Your Home!

If I'm right, you're probably already busy with the normal demands of life; from new babies to new jobs and may not want to forge ahead into any daunting bigger projects!  

But, you know all those 'little' things you keep noticing around the house that you'd love to change (if you had the time)? 

 I would love to take a second to shed some 'light' on little changes that can make a BIG difference in your home!  


Here are some tips for each room of the house.


For the Kitchen:

A simple lighting plan for a modest kitchen might consist of a central, ceiling-mounted lights with an ambient feel, under cabinet fixtures providing task lighting for the counters, gentle lighting above the sink and a pendant providing task or ambient lighting over the island. This traditional lighting plan is great for many kitchens and can be easily improved by adding a dimming control to all lights and choosing energy efficient bulbs.


If you're in for something a little 'bigger', a new lighting plan for a medium-sized kitchen might call for cove lighting along two opposite walls to give that warm ambient lighting that bounces light off the ceiling, instead of recessed down lights or ceiling-mounted central fixtures, both of which mostly send light facing straight down. Valance lighting above the sink and under cabinet lighting would provide the task lighting.

For the Living Room:

The idea of light layering is particularly important in the living and family rooms.  These areas are the places where people tend to gather for longer stretches of time and connect with activities, such as conversation, entertainment, games and computer times. In these rooms, where people spend a lot of time, it's good to get away from recessed down lights and instead use lights that bounce off the ceiling for ambient illumination. When light bounces of the ceiling, it creates a sense of brightness and avoids the shadows or downward direction of recessed lights.

To accomplish ambient lighting that bounces off the ceiling of a living room, you can easily integrate cove or valance lighting into the room's architecture.  Another option, is to wash the walls with light, which can be accomplished with soft or valance lighting, recessed or track lighting that is directed toward the walls, or even with plug-in floor lamps with translucent upward facing globes.


Bathrooms: 

With and emphasis on beautification and personal grooming requiring viewing yourself daily in front of a mirror, the bathroom requires careful consideration of lighting placement. So many bathrooms feature a central ceiling-mounted fixture that casts shadows on the person standing in front of the mirror.  So, one of the best and most logical improvements you can make is to light both sides of the mirror. In smaller baths, where you may need to choose between a wall-mounted fixture on the side of the mirror or an overhead fixture, lighting designers say to always go with the wall-mounted placement. You just want to avoid lights that cast shadows.

Small lighting changes can make a big difference in any room (hallway, closet etc. ) and I hope you are filled with hope and inspiration to give your home the warm glow it's meant to have.  In your busy life, you deserve to come home to a welcoming ambiance that makes both you and others feel relaxed and comfortable. 

For more ideas or help deciding what to do first or next in your home, contact us at Unique Home and see how we can make your home, your castle. 




by:  Navae Fiona

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