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Brighten Up Your Space: Easy Tips For Perfect Lighting

Updated: Feb 22



Ever been in a room that felt too dark or too bright? Lighting isn't just about seeing; it's about setting the mood and making your space feel cozy and inviting. It's like the magic touch that turns a house into a home.


There are a three basic types of Lighting. Let's explore them all.


1. Ambient Lighting:

This is your room's main squeeze, providing overall brightness so you can move around without bumping into stuff. Think ceiling lights or those chic floor lamps.



2. Task Lighting:

Got a job to do? Task lighting has your back. Whether it's chopping veggies in the kitchen or getting lost in a good book, task lighting - like spotlights or under-cabinet lights - makes sure you can see what you're doing without straining your eyes.


3. Accent Lighting:

Want to show off that cool painting or your fancy bookshelf? Accent lighting is here to help. It's like the spotlight for your favorite things, drawing attention to them and giving your space some extra flair.


Tips to Nail Your Lighting Game


Tip 1. Mix It Up:

Like layering clothes for a killer outfit, layering lighting adds depth and warmth to your space. Mix ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a vibe that's uniquely yours.


Tip 2. Match the Mood:

Different rooms call for different vibes. Soft, warm lighting sets the scene for a cozy night in, while bright task lighting is perfect for getting stuff done in the kitchen or home office.


Tip 3. Think about Color:

No, we're not talking about paint (although that's important too!). Color temperature affects how cozy or energized a room feels. Warm tones are like a cozy blanket, while cooler tones give you that refreshing morning coffee vibe. Make sure all lights in your room are the same color temperature, otherwise it will look weird.


Tip 4. Dimmers are Your BFF:

Want to switch from bright and lively to soft and romantic? Dimmer switches are the way to go. They let you control the brightness to suit your mood or the time of day. I always recommend putting dimmers everywhere including your bathrooms.


Tip 5. Let There Be Natural Light:

Don't forget about the sun! Maximize natural light with well-placed windows and skylights, and complement it with artificial lighting for a balanced glow all day long.


Tip 6. Size Matters:

When picking out light fixtures, think Goldilocks - not too big, not too small, just right. And make sure to spread them out evenly so you don't end up with weird shadows or glare.


So there you have it - lighting made easy! With these tips, you'll be lighting up your space like a pro in no time. Go ahead, let your light shine!


If you're ready to take your lighting game to the next level and create a space that truly reflects your style and personality, don't hesitate to reach out. As a professional interior designer, I'm here to help you transform your space and ensure it reflects your home style and your personality.


Call (408) 893-8363 or drop an email to maria@stewarthomedesigns.com today to get started! 

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