Tips-Great-Home-LightingEvery room inside a home needs a mix of general or ambient lighting, task lighting to provide focused illumination for reading or doing a project, and accent lighting to highlight particular items or parts of a room. With good lighting, you can change the mood in a room, depending on the time of day, the occasion, and who you are with. Dimmers are also very helpful creating a romantic feel to a space which can otherwise be a brightly lit room when you have friends over.

When redecorating a room, you need to carefully plan your lighting scheme. You need to determine if you will be using this room primarily during the day or at night, and for what specific purpose. Envision where the furniture should go. You can install floor sockets under free-standing furniture or a table so you can avoid trailing cords which may be harmful.

Here are 5 tips to help you plan your indoor lighting to achieve fantastic illumination all over your home:

Tip #1: Add downlighting for soft overall glow in your dining or reception space.

Not everyone appreciates downlighters but when used in its proper place, they can create a relaxing yet bright atmosphere. They can be helpful and effective in rooms with good-sized windows. During the day, downlighters are complemented by natural light. In the evening, their soft glow brings a soothing warmth to a room.

Tip #2: Add sparkles to your dining room with wall lighting, such as wall sconces.

Lighting is a very important aspect of a dining room. It should be sparkling, yet subtle. Bright overhead lighting as well as chandeliers is inappropriate. Dimmers allow you to adjust the brightness levels to fit individual occasions. The right illumination is necessary so that the room is not too dark that your guests cannot see what is on the table, and not too glaring that the ambience is spoilt and everyone in the room would look drained. Mounting wall sconces into a mirror with the help of a lighting expert will give your dining room that dazzling reflective effect.

Tip #3: Layer your lights.

Having different layers of lighting is key to having a well-lit space. Table lamps and picture or wall lights are great additions to any room. Indirect lighting under a foot bath is an interesting way to have nice glow and create an ambience. Try lighting the front of a bookcase by outlining each shelf with LED lights. Carve a track for every shelf and insert the LED lights, so that you have hidden lights that cast upward and downward lighting, showcasing the items on your shelf without giving off any heat.

Tip #4: Brighten up every space within your living room with lamps.

A living room usually has several different seating areas and each of these should be given adequate illumination. For instance, elegant swing-arm “library lights” will look great beside a sofa and will provide the needed light for reading. Place table or floor lamps beside your arm chairs to serve the same purpose and also to add decorative appeal to their spaces. Choose lamp shades that complement your interior décor so that they blend into the rest of the room.

Tip #5: Light up your staircase.

The staircase is one of the areas at home that is usually neglected. This spot is a great place to showcase your favorite framed pictures, and proper lighting can help highlight these. Spotlights mounted from the ceiling may create insufficient lighting as well as shadows which may be unsafe. It is best to install directional lights at floor level so you have a subtle and evenly spread light that doesn’t cast unnecessary shadows.

No matter how beautiful your home décor is, it would not have the atmosphere that you want to achieve without proper lighting. Try these simple lighting steps and you will see and feel the difference.

Joan Silver is a known lighting expert from Capitol Lighting and a fan of all things “lighting”. She currently provides customers and designers with robust information on their lighting needs.