There are plenty of ways to bring new life to your home through lighting design; however, there are also some common mistakes that can keep your lighting from actually making your home shine.
It’s not unusual for homeowners to revamp their lighting design just to feel like something is missing in the end.
Avoid These Five Common Home Lighting Mistakes:
1. No Control Over Your Lighting
It simple enough, but light dimmers, motion sensors, timers and automated systems all help you stay in control of your lighting. When you’re not sure if the room is too dark or too bright, dimmers help you experiment and without difficulty solve the problem with the perfect middle ground. Moods and uses of rooms vary, and so should your lighting. In addition, having better control of your lighting will help you save on energy bills.
2. Light Fixture is the Wrong Size
Another frequent mistake in home lighting design is using not using the right size fixture. For example, when homeowners install too small of a chandelier in the dining area or huge desk lamps in the living room, everything might seem disproportionate.
The best way to avoid buying irregular fixtures is by measuring them in the store showroom. Eyeballing is tough in the stores because light fixtures tend to look smaller in the bigger space of the room. A professional lighting consultant can be able to assist you in ensuring you’re choosing the right fixture for your space.
3. Wall Pain Colors Don’t Go with the Fixture
Sometimes when you experiment with multiple different light fixtures in a single space, but still can’t find the right fixture, it’s probable due to the paint color on your wall. Although this might seem obvious, slightly different hues in the light fixture and the color of paint can do different things. Typically, lighter colors work better with bright, statement fixtures.
4. There’s Too Much Furniture in the Room
Although having too much furnishings in a room seems like it has little to do with lighting, it really makes all the difference. In fact, the color and quantity of furniture can dictate the intensity of a fixture by having some colors or items to bounce off. The more objects there are, the more likely it is your light will produce shadows. With smaller number of items and brighter colored furniture, the light will bounce off efficiently, illuminating the room.
5. Not Getting Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
Homeowners are still slowly adopting the more efficient LED light bulbs, however these light bulbs in fact provide you with a better range of light. LEDs work off a superior temperature scale, which allows you to get the right color of light.