How to find the right type of lighting for each room in your new home

You have bought your new home. That is great news, congratulations! All that looking for your dream home has finally paid off. Do not get your hopes up just yet – you still need to remodel and move in. Sometimes that is as easy as making a few adjustments and unloading the moving truck, but sometimes bigger projects must take place.

However, while you are in the midst of renovating and moving in, do not forget about the lighting! Lighting should never be an afterthought in your interior. And why is that? Because lighting is one of the key elements that makes a house or an apartment – a home. It is what makes all homes unique, safe, beautiful, and productive. If used properly, of course. Thus, here is how to find the right type of lighting for each room in your new home. If interested, keep on reading.

1. Living Room

Living rooms are used for one’s entertainment and relaxation. Because of that, you need to have access to different kinds of lighting. For example, you will need the lighting that will be able to accent artworks and wall textures, the right type of lighting that will enhance your living room’s ambiance, and the lighting that will provide the whole area with general illumination. 

As you can see, finding the right type of lighting for this room is not going to be easy. Thus, even before your Vision Movers FL relocate you, do research or talk to an expert (an interior designer, for example). You will want to make this room perfect as it will be the central point for your family and the guests you want to impress. We recommend using recessed lighting!

A living room.
Recessed lighting is great for living rooms as it brings light to a general or specific area.

2. Dining Room

Dining rooms are rooms used for eating and conversation. For both of these actions, you need bright lighting. However, that does not mean that you should go to the store, buy LED lights and place them all over. Instead, buy a nice looking chandelier. We say nice-looking, as it will be in the center of the room, and something everyone will be looking at all times. 

If you do not like the look of chandeliers, the right type of lighting for you would be pendant lighting. Pendant lights are very popular nowadays, especially in modern types of homes. We suggest buying a couple of them and hanging them above the dining room table and chairs. Remember – do not purchase pendant lights or chandeliers that are too low. If you do, you will constantly be hitting your head on them.

3. Kitchen

Kitchens, together with dining and living rooms, are the most important as well as the busiest areas of any home. It is an area where you prepare meals and eat, an area where you make plans with your household members, and sometimes, an area where you entertain guests. As you can see, a lot is going on when it comes to kitchens. Thus, finding the right type of lighting for them can be complicated.

Luckily, there are different lighting styles, and again, we are here to help you choose the best for your home. For example, try using pendant, or some other brighter lighting fixtures over the kitchen island, open bar, or some area of your kitchen you are using constantly. For other parts, cabinets, stoves, sinks, etc, try using dimmer kind of lights. You do not want to emphasize those things. For some additional lighting, you can add a table lamp or a free-standing lamp in some empty corner of your kitchen.

A kitchen
If you mix lights in your kitchen, make sure all lights complement one another.

4. Bathroom

It can easily be said that bathrooms are one of the most essential rooms in any home. It is the first place we go to once we wake up and the last place we go to before we hit the bed. Thus, once you officially ‘move-in’ remember to unpack your bathroom first and find a way to utilize all those quality supplies you can use even after the move

You should also remember that the bathroom, in order to achieve its full potential, needs to have proper lighting! In this case, LED lights are recommended, especially above the mirrors. Why those kinds of lights? Because they are the brightest! You need that when you do your makeup or when you do your nightly or morning routines. 

Of course, do not neglect the ceiling lighting – it must be strong and bright. It should compliment other lights in your bathroom as well.

5. Bedrooms

Bedrooms, whether a master bedroom or children’s rooms, require warm lighting, nothing else. Finding the right type of lighting for this room is rather simple. Namely, you will only need a source of light in the center (a chandelier or a bigger pendant lighting fixture) and a couple of lamps. Put table lamps on the bedside tables too. 

To make things even simpler, just get one kind of lighting that will be placed in the center of the room and a dimmer switch. That way, you will be able to adjust the lighting in your bedroom according to your needs. 

However, in case you are using your bedroom as your home study – you will need to make some adjustments. Simply light your home study area with natural lighting and ‘stronger’ fixtures (table lamps).

A bedroom
Natural and neutral lights work best in bedrooms!

6. Halls and Stairways

Last, but certainly not the least important, is the right type of lighting for the halls and stairways. This is the first area of your home you will enter, thus, you will want it to be bright. Also, you want it to convey the best first impression to other people as well. 

So, add a lot of nice-looking pendants and lighting fixtures. Use them over the mirrors or artwork you plan on hanging on the walls in halls and stairways. This is important not only for aesthetic reasons but also for safety. Thus, make sure that every inch (or meter) of your halls and stairways is well-lit if you want to prevent accidents. Put light switches in several places as well. Finally, remember to ‘size’ all the lighting features to the space you are using.

Author Bio: Angie Velnea

Angie has been working as a professional real estate agent for the last 10 years. As a hobby, she writes blogs regarding home remodeling and interior design. In her free time, Angie likes walking her dog, playing cards, and going on mini trips. She is also a wife and a mother of two.

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