"Lighting is everything" they say...or so the photographers do.
Of course, the best way to create a beautiful environment in your home is with natural light. Every human, animal, and plant loves sunlight. It's essential to life, it's warm, and it's beautiful, so why not have an abundance of it? Well, not every home has the luxury of pools and streams of natural lighting due to architectural purposes, zoning, and so on.
You've found the perfect home minus a little less sunlight than you may have anticipated. Now it's time to create a harmonious environment. A place where you can come in at the end of the day, turn on a lamp, and kick your feet up.
We'll give you a few tips and tricks for how to create a beautiful interior lighting environment for you!
Beautiful Interior Lighting Tricks
Mirrors are the secret key to improving lighting in your home. Double the amount of light by placing one behind a lamp or strategically positioning them around the home and near windows. If one window gets more sunlight than the others, you better believe there will be a mirror near by!
While really only effective at night, candles create a warm environment and relaxing vibe. The soft flicker casts a natural orange glow, leaving you feeling at ease after a long day. Use mirrors near candles to to amplify the glow and make you feel like you're in a room full of these wax-made delights.
It's simple ... keep the bushes and trees around your house trimmed down. If you're not getting enough light, then it's possible that your windows have been blocked off by hordes of beautiful green foliage. We know...it's glorious...but clear up those windows!
Wall Paint/Furniture Color
A critical element in the world of interior design (and all other design realms) is that dark colors absorb light and brighter colors reflect light. The lighter an object is, the brighter it will appear. Science! The is crucial to know if you want to make your home look either brighter or darker. If you want to bring in more light, use brighter wall paints, flooring, and fill the rooms with light-colored furniture. This will perk the light levels up immediately!
Using soft lighting is an excellent way to make your space feel relaxing and soothing. If you don't want to go overboard, especially in the evening, use lamps with dark lampshades or invest in some dimmer switches to control how much light there is.
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Don't Use LEDs
LEDs are all the rage these days. They are said to save energy. While this may be true, they also give off what can be an overwhelmingly bright white light. They tend to create a environment that seems too bright with an intense wavelength. People enjoy artificial lighting that is as close to natural lighting as possible. Go for other types of bulbs with a more yellow hue such as incandescent or halogen bulbs.
It's important to have a good balance of lighting in your home in order to create an inviting atmosphere. Utilizing some or all of these tips is a great start to getting that perfect lighting. All it takes is a little tweaking here and there - perhaps some furniture rearrangement or maybe even repainting the walls! It's an enjoyable process, especially because keeping things fresh is great for the mind body and soul.
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