Ensuring proper lighting around the home can seem a simple hack to most owners, and while this is true to an extent, it is does not tell the whole story. There are places that look a little off at times. This could be because you are making a mistake with lighting. You will not get it right all the time, however, knowing the common mistakes people make help you navigate common hurdles and come up with a great lighting strategy.
Using Light as a Form of Décor
When it comes to the beauty and general atmosphere in a room, designers do not really think of it as an element of décor, instead they see it as a functional fixture first. Different temperatures and colors are meant for different environments. The concept of beauty comes secondary to function. The solution here is to go for lights that work with the available space and ones that were created with convenience in mind. At the end you want to create the illusion of space and save energy at the same time.
Picking the Wrong Size of the Fixture
Think about proportion. Imagine going to a home and seeing a small chandelier over a huge dining room. Everything would seem odd and out of place. Oversize lamps sitting next to tables or sofas are another common sight. It creates the image of bits being thrown together in the hopes of ‘getting it right’. Make sure that your chandeliers are proportional to the size of the room as well as the width of your furniture. This way, there is a sense of size and that your space is well utilized.
Relying on Just a Single Layer of Light
Relying on a single source of light might sound like a financially sound decision, but instead giving a shine to a room, it throws in weak shadows. Bring on the layers and have them come at different heights. Place overhead and floor lights along with table lamps all around and distribute them evenly. The result is a great sense of balance, charm and intimacy. Remember, you need warmth, character and coziness in order to truly own your lighting concept.
Failing to Track the Position of Shadows
Bulbs and tubes are great, but placing them in the wrong positions will always do more harm than good. Fixtures placed directly overhead can cast shadows on people’s faces. If you want to try overhead alternatives, look for horizontal pieces as opposed to single bulbs. These allow for full illumination and do away with shadows. In the kitchen, avoid installing lights on top of counters because they send shadows in the exact spot you need light. Instead, consider under-cabinet lights.
Controlling Various Lights From the Same Unit
This mistake makes for a very unbalanced outlook in that some areas of the same room have temperatures and intensities that vary markedly from others. You are also likely to see lights that dim while others sparkle, and this combination is odd at best. The old idea of using numerous switches to solve this problem is still applicable but there are other ways to get it done-from wireless controls to programmable wall boxes.
Ignoring the Color of Paint in Specific Rooms
Dark room can create the challenge of getting things illuminated but it is possible. This does not happen with colors that feature a deep dark only; even the smallest variations in a range of hues can have a dulling effect on everything. Go for relatively bright colors because they tend to agree with most lighting arrangements.
Placing Recessed-Down Lights All Over the Place
Builder-spec versions of these lights are cheaper compared to other options, and this tempts people to have them placed in patterns around many parts of the home. The feeling is that such an arrangement will provide light everywhere, but this is not true. See, these choices allow very little output and do not cast enough light on vertical surfaces. Go for delicate, functional tones instead of piles of builder spec.
When it comes to lighting around the home, think in terms of intensity, hues, temperatures and distribution. It is good to tinker with a variety but always avoid the temptation to overdo things.