August 21, 2014

Lighting for Every Room

One of the most important considerations when creating a functional comfortable space is lighting.  Lighting not only illuminates our space for functional purposes, it can also set the tone for the feel of a space.  If I were to give only one piece of advice when considering your lighting it would be this:  use layers.

Layers of lighting would mean you would have task lighting, overhead lighting, and ambient lighting all in the same space.  Each type of lighting meets a different need.  Let’s take it room by room…

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Kitchen Lighting - homeandgardendesignideas
Found on homeandgardendesignideas.com

 

This kitchen is the perfect illustration of using the layers of lighting… under the cabinet lighting to brighten corners and work spaces, overhead pot lights and pendant fixtures over the island.  They all work together to create a well-lit functional kitchen.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Living Room Lighting - bhg.com
Found on bhg.com

 

While this living room boasts a healthy dose of daylight, it’s also home to a variety of light fixtures.  A floor lamp is the perfect reading light next to the sofa, sconces over the fireplace will add warm ambient light, and a pretty chandelier is a stylish choice for an overhead fixture.  Having so many light sources makes it easy to adjust how bright or how cozy the space feels.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Living Room Lighting - housebeautiful.com
Found on housebeautiful.com

 

Sconces not your style?  Simple lamps and and an interesting ceiling fixture will provide more than adequate lighting, especially for a space with large windows.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Dining Room Lighting - younghouselove.com
Found on younghouselove.com

 

In the dining room, multiple light sources are also the best choice for flexibility.  Consider having both ceiling pot lights and a hanging fixture in place.  You may want bright light for setting the table, but maybe the ceiling fixture only for supper time.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Dining Room Lighting - heidimilton.com
Found on heidimilton.com

 

My own dining room wasn’t wired for a ceiling fixture, so I put in a DIY pendant light fixture and added lamps with low wattage bulbs around the room.  I can have any combination of lighting I desire now!

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Dining Room Lighting - hgtv.com
Found on hgtv.com

 

And just think, your chandelier could just be the finishing touch to your space, like this one!

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Dining Room Lighting - Home Depot
Found on lightscapes.homedepot.com

 

And what about two pendant fixtures instead of one?  Don’t forget table top votive candles for added ambiance.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Bathroom Lighting - bhg.com
Found on bhg.com

 

Being a smaller space, the bathroom can often get away with simple vanity lights, especially a powder room.  But for larger bathrooms, you might need more lighting around the mirror…

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - bathroom Lighting -  indebleu.net
Found on indebleu.net

 

But you could also pull out the stops with pot lights, a ceiling fixture, and pendants around your mirrors to make sure your space is bright and interesting.

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - bathroom Lighting - diynetwork.com
Found on diynetwork.com

 

Layers of lighting also work well in the bedroom…

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - bedroom Lighting - jamseed.com
Found on jamseed.com

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - bedroom Lighting - casasugar.com
Found on casasugar.com

 

And don’t forget your outdoor rooms!  Lanterns, strings of lights, outdoor lamps or fixtures will all extend your living space outdoors during the evening.

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Patio Lighting - unskinnyboppy
From unskinnyboppy

 

Lighting for Every Room - Mohawk Homescapes - Patio Lighting - homedecorlab.com
Found on homedecorlab.com

 

Be thorough and creative when planning lighting for your rooms.  Take into consideration all the various functions of the space and add lighting for each of those.   If you can’t find the lamp or fixture you need, remember:  you can always DIY one. 🙂

Here’s to brightly lit spaces!

Find more home decor DIY and inspiration on my blog, Decor & More.

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