Home Improvement: Lighting Matters

Design-Slide5Be it for one’s own home comfort or convenience there are a couple of ways to set the mood for the guests. Lighting is one. It is part of the biggest opportunities to easily yet effectively influence the home ambience. Emotional responses are elicited in a wide range when lighting is skillfully applied. It makes a dinner more romantic and intimate. It makes a party more cheerful too.

As part of a home improvement plan, one may opt from many lighting options. There are accent lights, ones made of LED, lamps, chandeliers and overhead ones. With these choices, the set of the scene is yours to decide depending on the type of mood you’d want to achieve.

So, choose well. Impress your guests by applying lighting choices all throughout the house. This also increases your levels of enjoyment and comfort.


In the dark days of winter, lighting is perfect and the most important thing to consider.


Experts say that once the holiday trimmings are packed away and the additional sunshine are still weeks away, it may become hard to choose which lighting to use. A fixture of simplicity may not necessarily suffice.

According to the experts it is all about the delicate balance and striking the correct one. There are three options for easy reference: accent, task and ambient.

When you say accent, it’s a set off piece. The primary use is to showcase object specifically. It is used to 5134664highlight either the significance of the piece or its relevance to the design. Art, sculptures even books are great for accenting. Architectural house details or a wall that is texture is also a good consideration.

Picture lights and track lighting are mentioned as common accent lighting types. It is also good to mention candles as part of this classification. The  soft light is emanates is good for setting the atmosphere in the room.


For an overall room illumination, ambient is the way to go. Sconces, recessed lighting and chandeliers are part of this group.

Light levels may be controlled in ambient lighting with the use of dimmers. Note the same room with friends and family that has a happy and bright scenery to change into something romantic when dimly lit for a dinner date effect. It is through the effective use of the dimmer.

Thirdly, the task lighting. As the name implies, when one is performing specific activities or tasks like going to the bathroom, cooking or anything that needs to be accomplished, task lighting takes over.


Preparation areas in the kitchen, for example, may use pendant lights or ones under cabinet. This will illuminate the entire kitchen space. Table and floor lamps, on the other hand, provide ample lighting in bedrooms and living areas for leisure or guests.

Sconces and bath bars are ideal for bathrooms in any given tasks. Nowadays, pendant lights lend a contemporary look and are becoming quite a popular choice.

Ensure though a balance of light in the bathroom to prevent shadows. Even lighting create a good set up when doing your make-up and shaving.


1Nightstands are considered hands of the bedroom, if we are to take the eyes as windows to the homes. It is because once you are in place to sleep, you’d want all essentials to be within arms reach. Access to things you may need for the next hours of sleep is the main concern and consideration.

Being functional is the main use so consider what your needs are. You may also opt for stylish and chic choices, again consider your lifestyle and fashion statements.

There are ones that are both user friendly and easy on the eye. If you frequent local flea markets, and have the patience to do so, a beautiful antique furniture can be both aesthetic as it is utilitarian.

— February 1, 2016