Published at Thursday, July 25th, 2019 - 08:05:48 AM. Chandelier Lamps. By Rillia Beck.
Excerpt from Home Lighting Ideas: Inspiration for Every Room part 1 :
LIVING ROOM ’LIGHTING’ TO ’BRIGHTEN’ CONVERSATIONS
To make your living area look lived-in, start with an overhead fixture. A dramatic chandelier will cloak your living room in timeless elegance and bring it out of the Dark Age. Simple track lights can make things look bright and inviting when guests come over. Looking for friendly evenings full of fur throws and board games? An even scattering of arched floor lamps and table lamps can soften your living room lighting with cozy, short-range warmth. If you need more tips on lighting for entertainment or relaxation, read more about our Best Light Fixtures for Making a Statement.
DINING ROOM ’LIGHT’ ’IDEAS’ FOR THE ’HOSTESS’ WITH THE ’MOSTEST’
This is the room where your lighting can make as much of a statement as your signature cannelloni. Whether you’re going for a shadowy tavern or a grand hall fit to host the Queen of England, you need overhead lighting with scale and presence.
Match the shape to your table so the downlight is bright enough for homework, crafts, or trivia nights. For example, a long and linear table calls for multiple, staggered pieces. For accent lighting in your dining room, use candles, buffet lamps, or recessed lights in any built-in shelving. This can create romantic dimmable lighting for an intimate date night. Read about the Best Light Fixtures for Your Dining Room to get more specific ideas.
KITCHEN ’LIGHTING’ TO UP ’YOUR’ CHEF GAME
Do you want a soft, familiar glow in your kitchen that your family will grow to know and love over the years? How about some backlighting in the cabinets that makes you feel at home, whether you’re reaching for a sippy cup or coffee mug? Maybe you’d prefer a cluster of down-lit mini-pendants above your island to highlight fond moments of baking cookies with your kids.
If you prefer a sleek, professional kitchen without crumbs or sticky fingerprints, installing recessed ceiling cans in hollow spots over your gleaming counters or a stark flush mount over the spotless sink will provide a more modern, minimal ambiance. Read our Kitchen Lighting Guide for more on choosing fixtures.
BEDROOM ’LIGHTING’ TO ’BEGIN’ & ’END’ YOUR DAY
So you’ve already got the crazy comfy sheets calling your name. Now you just need that warm, fuzzy feeling in lighting form. Wrap twinkly fairy lights around your headboard for something dim and gentle, perfect for sleeping in on a rainy day. Another idea is to flank your bed with space-saving lamps mounted above your nightstands. Wall lamps that have swing arms are perfect for bedtime reading or for switching on an instant glow when you need water in the middle of the night.
If you’re a hot sleeper, invest in an all-in-one ceiling fan. It’ll add a refreshing breeze and atmospheric lighting to help find your phone in the depths of your comforter. Already low on melatonin? Stay away from LED bulbs in the bedroom. Like the flicker of a TV screen, this type of lighting may disrupt your sleep schedule. Read more of our Best Bedroom Lighting Ideas to dream up the perfect fixtures for your sleep space.
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