Light Your Home Right
Lighting is one of the most important elements in your home. When designing your abode, do not leave the lighting decisions for each room as an afterthought. The correct light fixtures in each room can help elevate the spaces, as well as bring out a warming, comfortable atmosphere.
PREMIER takes a look at some of the lighting options for each room of the home – from lights that can be interesting pieces all on their own, to subtle twinkles: The Foyer
The entrance to your home is the first impression people get when they walk in – and it is often the first light you turn on when coming home. As such, it needs to make a first impression with elegant, soft lighting – not harsh lighting that makes you squint when you flick the switch.
A chandelier is always at home in the entrance of a home. Depending on how large your foyer is, you would need to scale the size of the chandelier to suit the space – a too large fixture could easily overwhelm the space and light up the small space a tad too much.
If chandeliers are not your style, but you still want to make a statement, a contemporary pendant light in an interesting geometric design is not as inyour-face as a chandelier, but still draws the eye.
The Living Room
The lounge area of a home is often where people relax – movie nights with the family, games nights, and reclining with a good book. Since it is a relaxed area, intense lighting is not needed, except in reading nooks. Here, a lamp placed next to the reading chair will create the perfect amount of light so that eyes are not strained.
To bring your artwork to life, add halogen lights underneath or above them. These lights will illuminate your well-loved works and draw attention to them.
For a well-lit lounge, but with a subtle glow, recessed lighting should be considered. Also known as downlights, these can be incorporated in well-spaced rows along the ceiling, or, in a smaller room, if you want to just light up one wall, it can be placed along the border of the ceiling.
When knives are involved, you want the room to be well-lit. Modern fluorescent lights will light up work spaces well to ensure you are putting just enough sugar in that cake batter and not two cups of salt. If your kitchen has an island, a fantastic lighting feature is pendant lights – whether your island is large enough for
three, or just two that can be incorporated, it adds a stylish element to the centrepiece of a kitchen.
If you have glass cabinets, a few LED lights placed inside them will light up your kitchenware; a few at certain stations of the kitchen, such as the coffee station, will add a glow in the right places.
The Dining Room
The dining room table is often used for many things in a home – from its use as a gathering place for friends and family to enjoy meals together, to a table strewn with art supplies while getting a project completed. As such, the lighting options here should be versatile. Lighting with a dimmer is a fantastic way to ensure all activities are lit up correctly. A slightly softer lighted ambience is needed for dinners, while bright lights are needed for working.
The standard lighting practise for bedrooms is one main light from the ceiling and a lamp on each bedside table. And, this works. If you are reading or working in bed, the bedside lamp will give you sufficient light without having to resort to the flood of light from the main fixture. If you want to move away from the traditional bedside lamps, then elegant pendant lighting could work, or if you want to move away from side lights all together, then adding a dimmer switch to the main light next to your bed would be ideal.
While harsh lighting is not a favourite choice for many people, a bathroom still needs to be well-lit. Instead of using an exceedingly bright ceiling light, soft down lights on a dimmer can work for full lighting, as well as softer lighting for a more relaxed setting.
Consider adding wall brackets to the side of the mirror in the bathroom, as this is one of the best ways to eliminate shadows on the face.
The Home Office
In an office, concentration is key, and bad lighting can impact your concentration and lead you to strain your eyes. A good desk lamp will provide ample light during late nights when you would prefer the main light to be off. Cool white light contains more blue light and looks brighter to the eye, so is ideal for a study.
The deck, or braai area, is a fantastic place to gather friends and family for a meal on warm evenings. Of course, as the sun goes down, you need the correct lighting to ensure the get-together does not have to move indoors. Anything too intricate in design, such as a hanging light, would not be recommended for outdoors, because the elements might cause damage to it. Many small fitted lights with sturdy glass would be best.
If your outdoor entertainment area is a walk away from your home, then lights along the pathway would be recommended in order to see your way back inside. Also, consider landscape lighting to not only bring out the beauty of the home at night, but to also add extra security.
Lighting is not only practical – the correct lighting fixtures cast a glow of warmth and style in your home.