Lighting The Way Through Your Home
Light is one of the most important, yet most forgotten elements in our daily lives. Have you ever thought how much your life, or home, is affected by lighting? Aside from creating a view of our surroundings, light also helps form events, create memories and in general, has an effect on our everyday moods. With the appropriate lighting, your home and life can easily be enhanced. The professionals at ABD know the tricks to making life’s daily tasks simple, strengthening and highlighting the structural features of your home for a more glorious glow and providing warmth to your quite time environment.
When designing a room four basic types of lighting can be used to achieve the best perspective: ambient lighting, task lighting, accent lighting, and decorative lighting. Ambient lighting fills the undefined areas of a room with a soft level of general light, just enough for someone to navigate through the room. Task lighting is a bright light that illuminates a particular area where a visual activity, such as food preparation or reading takes place. Accent lighting consists largely of directed light and is used to focus attention on particular pieces, such as architectural features. Decorative lighting draws attention to itself, and can sometimes be the centerpiece or focal point of a room, like a dining room chandelier.
The first step when lighting any room is to ask what happens there.
As the point where the first impression is made, the entry way should have the perfect lighting to help make your home feel warm and inviting. Avoiding too much light and glare and in this area is crucial because of the constant transitioning from outdoors to indoors, which can be extremely disorienting.
Living Rooms/Family Rooms
Living rooms and family rooms are perhaps the most used rooms in the home, therefore when designing this room, remember that task lighting may be important. A well-lit living room will have three different types of lighting, general, task and accent. These are used at different times of day and for different purposes. The key is knowing how and when to mix and use them. If you watch television in this room, choose surrounding lights carefully to avoid television glare. It can be distracting to have a bright overhead light above the set, therefore on important feature would be ceiling lights that are dimmable.
The kitchen is where memories are made and foot-traffic is heavy. It’s best to work with three levels of light in a kitchen: down lights, under-cabinet strip lighting, and hanging, or pendant, lighting. Recessed lights also work well in areas of circulation, like walkways, and the space between the island and kitchen sink. I them wherever you need good for task lighting, such as over sinks. Under the cabinet lights perfectly aids in cooking, while pendants are ideal over islands and dining areas to bring a warmer, more ambient light.
The bathroom is the one room you can lock yourself inside for your own private, luxurious sanctuary. Task lighting is required around mirrors for the best views; however avoid adding a light above the mirror because of the strong shadows it will cast. If you enjoy art in your bathroom, accent lighting will show it off best. Recessed directional lights provide focused illumination for any piece you want to highlight. Depending on the size of your bathroom, candles can also be a wonderful way to set a distinctly relaxing tone. No matter what design you have in mind, ABD can devise a plan that will illuminate all areas.
Bedrooms need the same layering of light as all other living spaces. Reading, television viewing, dressing and make-up application can all take place in the bedroom. Provide lighting options from soft to full bright light in appropriate areas of the room. Balance is also important but matching both sides of the bed is not always critical. This is often a personal space for more than one person; therefore each of their tastes can be reflected with complimentary, rather than matching, pieces.
Hallways and stairs need ample and pleasant lighting, as they are the passageways of the home. Hall lights should be kept simple, as they are generally narrower areas, but definitely not under illuminated. Try to make the transition between rooms and passageways as even as possible. Uneven lighting provides a harsh transition.
With the cost of today’s bulbs and fixtures, it pays to plan for lighting on the front-end of your remodel. Let the professionals at ABD provide your home with the proper lighting for every room. To learn more about ABD and our services, visit www.abd-ltd.com or call 970-225-2323.