When you’re trying to create balance within any home, a good place to start is to consider the lighting that is going to work best for you and your family. This can alter the mood and tone of the house itself, give certain spaces a warmer feel than others, and also highlight some of the best architectural features of the house as a whole. When it comes to choosing the correct lighting for your home, there are a few ways considerations to be made before you begin, namely color, intensity, location, and direction.
While it may not be as obvious to the naked eye, the difference between a white and yellow light can be somewhat staggering. It has the ability to transform a space and give a totally different feel. Soft yellow light has the ability to make a room more calm and romantic, whereas a bright white light could be good for space where you need to focus better (like a study or office). Playing with color will add to the overall experience of living in the house, but be mindful of going a few steps too far and turning the house into your local rave.
Intensity can add to the way it feels to be within a specific room, and ensuring that you get the intensity right based on the intention of the room can be a subtle way to make any space feel a bit more homely. Dimmers are great, as they give you the chance to change the intensity or brightness of any room as you see fit. Some AI dimmers are able to customize their functionality to change based on the time of day or simply at a flick of a switch. This will become even more integrated as smart homes start dominating the market down the line in the 2020s.
Location, location, location! You heard this a lot before buying the house. Not keen on reliving some bad memories, we’d like to gently nudge you in the right direction when it comes to the location of your lights too. Placing a light at the correct place in a room can make a world of difference, especially if the room has practical purposes like being a study or a workspace for someone in the house. Play with lighting in your garden features, outside patio and even some of the free-standing lights in your house too, and watch as the mood transforms in a few minutes.
Last but not least, choosing the correct lighting for your home involves making sure that you’re taking into account the direction of the lighting in the first place. Turned the wrong way, the balance of any room can feel slightly off. It also isn’t practical to have the light turned away from key areas where you need to retain focus or do tasks like reading or writing. Ensure that all your planning is mindful of this, and don’t be shy to play around with different light directions. When everything aligns, you’ll know, and from there you can simply enjoy the incredible space around you.