Lighting can have a huge impact on how our home looks and how it makes us feel. Lighting can create a warm and cozy space, or be cold and clinical.
If your home lighting is leaving you in the dark, we take a look at how to improve it and make your home feel welcoming and fun.
Warm vs Cold Lights
Many people don’t raise that bulbs have a temperature. Some lighting has more an orange or yellow tinge to it. It makes a space feel warm and inviting and is often used around a home for it’s calming and homely properties.
Cold lighting is more neutral, with a white or blue hue to it. It’s often used in offices or workspaces as it gives a better view to work by, but it’s not very welcoming or homely. If you have cold lighting, consider switching to warm bulbs.
Much like the color of your lighting, how bright it is can affect the way it makes you feel or how it lights a space. Soft lighting can be more inviting and less intense than bright lights.
They are calming after a long day and quite literally easier on your eyes when you want to relax. Light switches can easily be replaced with dimmer switches and many bulbs now support dimming so you can be soft and cozy or bright and focused depending on what time it is and what you’re up to.
Most rooms will have at least one light hanging from the ceiling. This is the most basic way of lighting a room, and it’s so boring! Consider upgrading your lighting fixtures so that you can change the direction and focus the light where it needs to be or away from spaces you don’t want to highlight.
Alternatively, you could consider the type of light shade or covering you’re using and try something different! Light pointing up also has a different effect to light pointing down.
Creating a mood isn’t just about color, temperature, intensity, or direction. Having lots of little lights in different locations can be a great way to introduce a homely feel.
Try positioning lamps in opposite corners and using those instead of the light hanging from the ceiling. There are tons of different styles that can incorporate all the factors we have already looked at like direction and intensity.
A great way to improve your home lighting is LED lights with LED retrofit kits. These can incorporate dimming, can be installed almost anywhere, and create great feature pieces around fireplaces, windows, or under stairs.
LED lights can also accommodate both warm and cold light, along with tons of other colors like red, blue, green, and more!
So whether you’re introducing new lights as part of making changes to your home or just changing up the home lighting you already have, there are tons of ways to improve the lighting in your home.
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