Tips to Lighten Up your Space

Q: How can you lighten up your space?


A: Good lighting is essential in a home.  The way a room is lit determines not only how the space will be used, but also how it will make you feel.  You will feel more comfortable and at ease in a well-lit room.

Effective lighting creates a warm and inviting atmosphere in your home. The quality of lighting in your environment can influence task performance, comfort, and well-being.

Light also has an emotional impact, much like a sunny day makes you energetic and a cloudy day makes you feel dull and dreary.  Bring your sun inside and brighten your day.

Some Basics:

General lighting is background or overall lighting, often provided by recessed lighting.

Task lighting is the light needed to do a specific job, usually provided by table lamps, pendant lights, or under-cabinet lights.

Accent lighting provides focus and shape to general lighting. It also can be used to gently brighten a dark and dreary space like a hallway.  Wall sconces and spotlights can be a source of accent lighting.

Let’s add some jewelry:

Lighting is the jewelry that gives a room attitude. It can add interest and drama, it can highlight, and it can contribute to the ambiance of a space. Don’t be afraid to be bold, make a statement with contemporary, jeweled, or usual shaped light fixtures!

The single best tip to ensure a successful lighting plan is to work with an interior design professional. That way all the decisions you make the first time will be the right decisions for your home and your room.

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