Even if your home is expertly decorated by an interior designer, if you’ve got bad lighting, it can make the space look inexpensive and uncomfortable. If you’re a renter or just don’t want to deal with the hassel of re-wiring your house for new lighting, there are still things you can do to “lighten” up the place!
Use a variety of lighting sources. Create depth and interest by using lighting sources that vary in height and are in different locations around the room. Highlight your favorite objects in your room by placing a light source next to it.
Use different brightness levels around the room or space so that you don’t get “lighting fatigue” (when a room is at a consistent light level throughout, with no shadows or interes), the same feeling you’d get in an office building or laboratory.
Utilize the space underneath countertops with undercabinet lighting. It alleviates the need to have a large middle-of-the-kitchen pendant while providing a balanced atmosphere and allows you to see what you’re doing while cooking and cleaning. Undercabinet lights are fairly cheap to install and can make the world a difference.
Our cheapest and easiest tip for creating a good lighting atmosphere for your home is to change all of your light switches to dimmers. This way you can adjust your lighting according to the event or mood, and you’ll be able to layer light fixtures in many different ways with this affordable and easy to install option.
So if you’re not in the market to hire a lighting designer, consider the tips above. As always, our expert lighting staff in Bellevue and Seattle, WA can help you find the pendant, chandelier, undercabinet lighting, lamps and task lights that will work with your home or space.