Its a New Year – So we are redesigning your home step by step!
If you’ve missed it here links to part Steps 1 – 7
Step 7a & 7b
Today we are talking Step 8 – Lighting.
This is another step that you instinctually would want to ingonre or save the most money on. It feels like a total waste, that you will not recoup when you are decorating your rooms and you think “naturally, lamps will do the job”. – ummm no…
- Sconces mounted on top of mirrors will create an amazing additional layer of light – this treatment adds a layer of brilliance and glamor to any room.
- It’s important to light objects in the room and not dead space. This means don’t haphazardly add ceiling lighting if it’s not actually pointing to anything.
- Think about where you will position your hanging lights in the room. (THINK ZONES HERE)
- Make sure lighting will enhance the design aesthetic of your room. – Basically it is the jewelry to a perfect outfit. Treat it as such!
Since we need to plan lighting around objects and not dead space now is the perfect time to place and plan lighting. Here are your steps:
Make a copy of your selected furniture plan. Use this plan and the electrical key below to create a well thought out lighting plan.
Here are tips on planning your lighting:
- Use different types of lighting in 1 room. Here are the basics: General (ambient) lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. General is lighting that lights an entire room (think ceiling lighting, can lights). Task lighting is lighting that help you perform a specific task such as reading, food prep. (think floor lamps, pendants, table lamps). Accent lighting these are sconces, and picture lighting. The lather is the most over looked.
- Place lighting where it matters most. Look for places where you will perform a task, where art is, or an impritant object. Place drop lighting or use pendants in seating or small dining areas.
- Pay attention to the type of bulbs you are using. Purchase bulbs that omit the same color for your rooms. Don’t mix a yellow bulb, with a bright white….
- Know the types of bulbs and what each does for the look and your electric bill. There are LED, Halogen, florescent, just to name a few.
- Know what color your bulbs will omit. Here is a chart below:
*My favorite bulb is the a clear Halogen bulb. Halogen lighting is a favorite in jewelry stores. My thought process is “Any bulb that can make a man spend 25% of his annual salary on a diamond, is the lighting I am using in my house!”
Up Next Elevations! – no clue what that is.. well that means you should stop back in a couple of days!
Wanna read ahead?
If so, you can download “12 Steps To Designing Your Interiors” (the entire e-book) by clicking the image here:
The book comes with all of the done for you worksheets and guides that you will need to get started on your space.
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