See Your Home In A New Light
They call it mood lighting for a reason. Whether it’s a cozy and intimate den or a bright and functional work space, choosing the right location, wattage, and fixtures are some of the most important design decisions you can make.
And with the news that incandescent light bulbs are transitioning out across the country, now is the best time for a re-evaluation of your lighting needs. Here are a few tips to get it right for every space, compliments of the experts in this field from The Home Depot Canada:
Setting the scene: Each room should have functional and mood lighting that reflects its use. Direct or task lighting will focus on a workspace, like a countertop or desk, whereas ambient or indirect lighting is used to create atmosphere. Vary the brightness levels in different areas of a room to help prevent “lighting fatigue” which often occurs in shadow-less spaces, such as conference rooms.
The layering effect: Designing a variety of light sources in each room will create a space that is beautiful visually; one that draws you in but is also functional. Create layers with under-cabinet kitchen lights for prepping meals, or pendant lights for homework and casual entertaining. Start with an ambient light to evenly illuminate, then spotlight work areas or design elements with directional lighting. Accent and decorative lights, such as chandeliers and lamps, add that extra touch to personalize your space.
Go for drama: Why not add a crystal chandelier to an ensuite bath or emphasize a wood beam with focused accent lighting. Creating drama is all about up-lighting to focus attention on decorative elements like a fireplace, a painting, or an architectural detail.
Multi-directional: Consider using directional lighting on countertops, kitchen islands, dressers and seating areas to add interest. Reduce shadows without creating the “office” effect by training recessed fixtures on the table and chandelier in the dining area, or by using down-lights directly over sinks and vanities.
Dimming for dollars: Dimmers are a functional and easy way to set any mood in your home. And as the winter persists with the need for more indoor light, switching to high efficiency bulbs will help reduce the monthly bills. In fact, why not try out the latest in LED, CFL, or halogen technology? The lighting department at The Home Depot says they have a wide selection of bulbs including options from manufacturers like Philips and Cree.