Lighting Guide: Interior Lighting Fixtures
*Guest author David Lotts from Smoothdecorator.com shares his lighting guide on FindYourSpace Blog.
When renovating and decorating your rental properties, maybe the most important element of your plan is the right lighting since it can make or break your interior design. The secret to good lighting is a good balance between functionality and esthetics, and it can be achieved by a layered light scheme. Layering the light sources appropriately will require combining different types of light fixtures according to the function of the room.
The three basic kinds of lighting according to its function and the light effects are: ambient light, which mimics the natural light and creates a soft mood, accent light which is used to emphasize a feature or an object in a room, like an art piece, and task light, which focuses light on a specific surface such as the kitchen counter. These are layered in a room based on the amount of natural light the room receives and the function of the room. Here is a simple guide to help you.
The hall needs a welcoming atmosphere. The lighting doesn’t need to be too bright, but it needs to be warm, so hanging pendants, sconces, floor lamps or even chandeliers are all appropriate. If you install mirrors so that they reflect the light, you will create a bright space that will also look larger.
The Living Room
The living room is used for many different situations and should have many options for lighting available. There should be wall washers if you have some fine art or a decorative mural to accentuate; there should be table lamps and floor lamps to create a nice relaxing mood, and if you are planning on setting up a rental for high-end clientele, a modern chandelier would make a fine addition to the overall décor. A dimmer switch will be essential here. You can have the chandelier light up the room and be the focal point when you are entertaining guests for instance.
The bedroom lighting should also offer options: bedside lamps or floor lamps for reading, some accent lamps like wall washers for creating the right nightly atmosphere, but in the mornings you will find a bright pendant light the most useful.
The Dining Room
The main focus should always be on the dining table, so a pendant light or track light directly over it will be perfect. Other than that, there should be some wall sconces or uplighters to make a softer atmosphere for the period after dinner.
The most beneficial lighting combination is that of good bright task lighting pointing down directly at work surfaces like the sink and the counter, and common ceiling lights from pendants or track lights. They can be used separately or together, depending on the situation.
Bathroom lighting should be flexible to offer various moods. Mirror lights are a must as only a light in front of our face will illuminate it enough. Other lights can be halogens hidden behind the mirror, wall sconces on each side of the mirror, table lamps or even lanterns. There should also be a clean white light available to light the entire bathroom, but it can have a dimmer switch.
The Home Office
The home office should feature desk lamps and illuminate your work space. To rest your eyes you will also need a dimmable overhead light. Accent lights and wall washers are also an option if you don’t mind having décor in this room.
About the Guest Author at FindYourSpace Blog
Derek Lotts writes everything related to home improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator. In his free time, he likes spending time in nature with his wife. Check out his Google+ profile and follow him on Twitter.