When the sun is shining and the temperature starts rising, most of us have a little more spring in our step and a little more energy for that all important Spring Cleaning! It’s a great time of year to get rid of the clutter in your house and tackle some of the cleaning projects that you have put off since last winter. Cleaning your home’s lighting should be on the top of your “to do” list. Back in January, we blogged about cleaning your home’s light fixtures, and although we have listed a few more tips, the points from that blog are worth repeating.
Have you ever gone out for a night on the town, feeling great, only to take a glimpse of yourself in a mirror at a restaurant and think “what the heck happened?” It’s not you! It’s the lighting. People can’t control the lighting in restaurants and commercial buildings, but we can make the lighting in our homes flattering. Here are tips on how to create flattering light. Each tip is illuminated with an image from Quoizel.
- Living Room: According to Elle Décor, table lamps and floor lamps are great because they are at eye level. Alabaster or warm-toned frosted glass shades (like the Quoizel lamp below) diffuse the light and give a soft, warm glow. This ambient lighting sheds a healthy golden light on a person’s skin and conceals imperfections. Another good option that achieves a similar affect is fabric lamp shades lined in cream silk.
- Dining area: Frosted alabaster-toned glass shades are used here as well. Avoid bulbs that have a blue or green cast. Flourescents used to have this reputation but now there are some options on the market that are dim-able and frosted, with a warm cast.
- Bathroom: Top lighting behind you is okay because it fills in the highlights in your hair. You should not have top lighting directly above you because it will cast shadows. Somewhere in the bathroom, have light that simulates white, bright natural daylight. This bathroom has a window so that the homeowner can see what her hair and makeup will look like outside.
- Powder room: Rely on candles for a warm, glowing affect. You and your guests aren’t really using a powder room to do hair and makeup, so gentle mood lighting is perfect.
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We’ve already touched a little on the various ways to light your house to its best advantage. We’re going to start covering how to light each specific room. While you may not always take the time to really consider lighting, and screwing in a bulb hardly seems complicated, with a little consideration you can make the light in your home dramatic and ideal for every room.
When lighting a hallway, you should consider softer lights. Hanging pendants, walls sconces, lanterns, and chandeliers all give softer light that also adds character to a room. Since hallways are often lacking furniture, you want the light fixture itself to make a statement. Use mirrors to add more dimension and light to the area.