Lit or Not Really?
The effects of lighting
Lighting your house the right way is everything. It is, indeed, the make-it or break-it ingredient for any interior and exterior design.
With good lighting, you can easily switch from gloomy and unattractive, to warm and bright. If you see some room for ambiance and mood improvement in your house, here are some tips before you light it up:
START FROM THE TOP
It is important to consider ceiling height when selecting hanging light fixtures. There are lights that come with adjustable rods or cables, while some don’t. Avoid getting stuck with a light that hangs too high or too low. The bottom of a light should hang about 12 to 20 inches below a standard 8-foot ceiling. Add 3 inches for each additional foot of ceiling height.
CONSIDER YOUR PREFERENCES
Plan it out during the initial design phase of your house. Would you like three pendant lights over your dining table because one or two are simply not enough? Take your preferences into account before proceeding to construction.
Hanging a light over a table or a kitchen island is a good idea. Just make sure that you keep a 28 to 34 inches distance from the bottom of the light to the surface of the table or island. Also know that the size of the light makes a difference - you can move a smaller light lower and a larger light higher.
GO FOR CORD SWAGS
If you want to add new pendant lighting while skipping the inconvenience of changing your home’s electrical setup, then get your swag on. Hang them loosely over a hook or for an industrial look, secure the cord tight to the ceiling.
LIGHTBULB IS IMPORTANT
Know your glow and consider the type of lightbulb, not just the fixture. Compact fluorescent, LED bulbs, and halogen come in a range of warm or cool hues. The type of glow you want, much like the colour of your walls, is mostly a personal decision.
STAIRS AND TOE-KICK LIGHTING
Adding lights to stair risers is beneficial especially at night. As staircases are often enclosed, you can embed lights in the risers or light them from the sides. In the same way, adding lights to your toe-kicks is more than just aesthetics. Go for strip lighting at the underside of those base cabinets.
When it comes to light fixtures, nothing creates an atmosphere like a chandelier. It is what makes a living room alive. It sets the mood and even starts conversation with your guests. What makes a chandelier more impactful is when it is custom-made for you. No one else in the world will have one like yours. Bespoke lighting is the road to royalty of a space. Additionally, chandeliers don’t have to be the usual warm white and bright white. Don’t shy away from coloured shades – they work wonders especially when the light is turned on. You can add some fun to a simple room with a light fixture in a bright hue.
Talk to us if you are keen to light your space up with a lighting that is specially made for you alone. Let us help you get a piece of sunshie unique to you!