Are you currently dissatisfied with your home’s look and feel like a major renovation is a solution? Before you pull out the credit card, there may be a way to renovate your home without breaking the bank.
It’s easy to forget about a key factor in home design. There may be a simple fix to the malaise you feel when at home. Perhaps you need a lighting upgrade! Here are five simple lighting upgrades that might make you reconsider that full home renovation:
1. Make Room For Natural Light
Every house has different styles of windows and every room in that house might not be optimized for natural light. Natural lighting should be your first major consideration when renovating your home’s lighting. Luckily there are several ways to accentuate and enhance a room’s natural lighting. Here are a few ways to do it:
- Repaint dark rooms with brighter colors
- Repaint the lighting fixtures
- Rearrange each room- Ensure that the windows are not blocked by any piece of furniture in your home.
- Clean all your windows
- Add decorative mirrors of different shapes and sizes to reflect light across the room, especially if the rooms usually don’t receive sufficient sunlight.
2. Shift to Warm LEDs
Some rooms, like your bathroom or kitchen, may not get good natural light. You can give these rooms visual warmth by choosing LED lighting that is colored graded to match sunlight. It would be more fitting to add soft and warmer LED bulbs throughout your home to bring warmth and set the right relaxation mood needed in every home. Besides that, these LED bulbs will also save you from draining energy costs since they consume less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and you’ll enjoy them for a long time before they need replacement.
3. Diversify Lighting for Every Room
Set a mood for each room in your house based on how you intend to use it. For example, your bedroom and living room are more of your relaxation rooms, while the kitchen is more of a functional space. Therefore, the lighting in these rooms should set the mood that they’re designed for. Here are simple ways to diversify lighting in your home space:
- Bedroom- Add a bedside lamp to help you read or move around. Also, use scented candles once in a while for that flickering effect.
- Kitchen- Add some lighting under your cabinets or pendant lamps in your kitchen to have an instant change in the illumination.
- Living room- Add a large but soft-lit decorative lamp.
- Backyard and Garage- Add motion sensor lights. The lights in these two places don’t need to be on all the time; thus, this lighting would work best.
4. Make it a Decorative Venture
Adding attractive features to each room brings flawless design magic into your home. Besides using pendants, chandeliers, or other lighting fixtures, try other decorations that equally complement and brighten the room. For example, you can add personal touches that complement each room: furniture, brightly colored pillows, mirrors, artwork, plants, ornaments, etc. Place these different fixtures strategically in each room to capture the attention of everyone entering your home.
5. Don’t Overdo the Lights
As you change or try out new lighting fixtures, ensure that they provide necessary, sufficient, and comfortable lighting for every occupant. The atmosphere you create is everything, and if it’s too bright, it loses the benefits they are required for.
Overdoing it only makes the rooms more uncomfortable for the occupants using them. So, choose the different light fixtures for each room, ensure that they blend in well with the space, and are not only sufficient but also aesthetically pleasant.
Good lighting certainly pays off in every home, whether you’re doing a home resale or doing it for yourself. Therefore, before you think of digging into that expensive home renovation, look into the kind of lighting you’re using in your home. You may be surprised at how simple adjustments in your home’s lighting system can make a visually aesthetic difference and radically transform your space!
About the Author
Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey. She writes for PrimeBSF, a premier electrician in Cherry Hill.