Saturday, 14 July 2018

How to Use Lighting to Make a House a Home

After managing to save for a house deposit you'll finally be at a stage to start living in your new pad. When you move into a new house, you might struggle to make it feel homely. It can seem like a foreign land but with a few bits of decor and personalisation, your new house will feel like a home in no time at all. One of the best ways to do this is with lighting. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and it can really open up a room to make it feel more bright and spacious. Here’s everything you need to know about lighting by room.

How to use lighting to make a house a home

In the Living Room
The living room is the perfect place to relax after a long day at work. It’s where we watch TV, play board games and read books. With so many different activities, we need lighting that is flexible. The best option is LED lights with dimmer switches – you can turn them up to full when you are reading, and lower them when you are watching a film at night. A floor lamp is also a great addition to the living room as it provides a source of light in one area rather than in the whole room.

In the Kitchen
Kitchen lighting

In the kitchen, we need bright lights so we can prep food and read recipes. However, most of us also use our kitchen to entertain, as it’s nearly always where the party ends up. It’s ideal to create lighting zones in your kitchen. For instance, over the worktops, you would use undercabinet lights for a bright, focused light which doesn’t cast any shadows – this will help you when you’re cooking. Over your dining table, you might want to use a pendant light* with a dimmer switch. Not only does this make a style statement but it means that you can customise the lighting level depending on the occasion. If you have a contemporary kitchen and you want it to stand out, you can use plinth lights on the bottom of your units to give the illusion that they are floating.

In the Bedroom
Bedroom Lighting

Want to make dark mornings in winter easier? After all, there’s nothing worse than waking up and needing to switch the main light on to see. LED lights offer plenty of options for bedroom lighting and one of the best is wardrobe lighting. It can be activated via a sensor to come on when you open your wardrobe, so you don’t need to switch the main light on to get dressed. For your centre light, opt for a stylish pendant which hangs in the middle of your bed; just make sure that you position it so that you don’t hit your head when you sit up!

In the Bathroom
The bathroom is another area where strong, bright lighting is required. We’ve all been there when we’ve done our makeup only to discover that it isn’t blended properly or we’ve shaved and missed a spot. One way to stop this is to put strip lighting above your bathroom mirror. This form of lighting is totally unobtrusive and you’ll hardly notice it, but it will make a major difference to your makeup application or shave.

You can really make the most of your garden with lighting. If you’re looking for an intimate, boho feel, try hanging string lights from the trees. If you’d like to get more use out of your decking area when it’s dark, use recessed decking lights – they don’t cause a trip hazard and they can help you

continue the party after a long day in the sun. Worried about security? Sensor activated outdoor wall lights can deter burglars from your property.

What are your favourite types of lighting?

1 comment

  1. It's so true, lighting in a home really does make such a difference. I like dimmer lights and lamps in my living room and bedrooms, but then like a bright light in the kitchen, as you've suggested. It moves you from cosy to organised as you move from room to room.


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