Light Your Home Right

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Paula Ra­bel­ing Im­ages © istockphoto.com

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.

The Kitchen

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 Bed­room

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.

The Bath­room

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

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.

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