Home is where the heart is. That is true. But how do we get our home to be the place where our heart is?
Yes, that home contains family and everything else you love is good reason, but could that really be all? The ambiance is important, and in achieving that heartwarming ambiance, decoration plays a major role.
Decorating your home is one of the most satisfying aspects of caring for it. Choosing paint colours, fabrics and new furnishings is not only enjoyable and creative, but also helps you learn to make the most of what you already have.
If you are new to decorating, try starting with simple changes. Even small touches like new lamp shades or colourful throw pillows for example can make a surprising difference in a room.
When you have explored simple changes, you can then move on to more ambitious schemes. To start, familiarize yourself with the decorating basics: colour, style, furniture arrangements and lighting.
Let’s look at how lighting can change the way you see your home.
Exactly how important is lighting in Interior decoration?
It makes all the difference.
Lighting is a mood setter. It is also instrumental in enhancing a space or room and dictating the perceived size. Darker colours make a room feel smaller and confined, while light-coloured walls give you an opposite feeling. The illusion of space is defined by light reflected off the surfaces of the walls. Understanding the useof lighting in conjunction with other factors makes for a stylish blend in your interior.
Lighting is of three basic types:
Ambient or General Lighting: This is one of the first layers of lighting considered in interior decoration. It provides overall illumination (often a ceiling light). It’s importance is to create accessibility and easy navigation.
Task: This identifies with specific needs in a room and puts an intense pool of light where you need it for close work such as reading, stovetop cooking or sewing.
Accent: This is a subtle lighting that emphasizes one feature or surface such as lighting for a piece of art or mood setting “wall wash” of light. Accent lighting creates a strong visual impact and adds excellent gleam to make your exquisite objects, paintings, sculptures, and outstanding architectural features stand out. Position the fixture so that the light doesn’t block your line of sight to avoid obvious reflections bouncing back.
We can’t possibly talk about all the intricate details of lighting and all the types available and hundreds of ways we can use them. Our aim is to arm you with basic knowledge. There are no hard and fast rules, and it is important to do what feels right with you.
Here is a rough guide to making your lighting work for you.
- Buy lights you actually like; lights come in different colours, shapes and sizes. You want to stick with something that you actually like.
- Sometimes, a simple bulb might just do it.
- Stairways, small corners and halls should have good lighting to prevent accidents and scenes from horror movies.
- Use a chandelier or pendant for general lighting. They are great because they come in many variations. Take your time, you’ll find what you like.
- Arm yourself with a sketch or a rough idea of the busiest areas in your home, and if you have kids, places they are likely to go looking around. It’ll help determine which area needs more light, and the kind of light to use or not to use.
- Just like every other decorative item, lights come in colours and a great way to create contrast is with different colours of light. You can literally step into different dimensions with a simple flick of the button.
- Always have a backup plan. Extra bulbs and sources of light in case of emergencies is always a good idea.
If you have tried all of these and a dozen other tips and you are still confused about how to light your home, hire someone.