Everybody knows how important good lighting is. It can instantly transform the room and breathe new life into what used to be a dark, mundane space. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some tips on how to maximize your lighting in the best way:
Natural is the best
There’s nothing better than a beautiful sun-lit room. So having big windows is a plus. In case you can’t have them, make the most of those you already have. Dark, heavy curtains absorb light, so instead find voile, floaty light-colored curtains that will provide you with plenty of sunlight and also give you enough privacy.
Consider some colors
Using light with a brightly-colored fixture can show the room in a totally different perspective. Aside from it being a great decoration piece, it also shines a new, different light when it’s turned on. However, before you decide to implement some colors, learn more about color temperature and color tuning so your home lighting will be optimized in the best manner possible.
Have an arc lamp
Apart from it being a great source of light, the arc lamp is also a great addition to your space. It can look elegant, classy and stylish at the same time. The best way to style an arc lamp is to put it behind the sofa so it can be used as the main lighting in your living room.
Get a chandelier
Oh, the chandeliers, is there anything more perfect than them? These massive, drop-dead pieces of lighting are an ideal way to add glamour to your home. When choosing a chandelier, pay attention to its size since it’s important to get one that will gel with the rest of the room. As for the budget, you don’t need to get a crystal chandelier, instead, you can get the one made from stained glass or even more natural materials like seashells and beads.
Get the best help there is
It might be tempting to do everything on your own, but there are many underlying issues that only a skillful professional can take care of. If you have any difficulties, you should always ask for help. In Australia, there are many highly qualified professionals, so hiring a good Sydney electrician is something you should definitely consider if you want to have a proper lighting installation.
Placement is important
Before you decide to hang the lights you’ve just bought, think of the position. Lighting should never be placed directly above the television, nor should be hung too low. Having a lighting plan customized to your house size, decor and finances can ensure that all the lights are placed properly which means that you’ll get the maximum benefits for your purchase.
Children’s rooms matter, too
Kids and babies need their rooms alight, so choosing the right lighting could be a challenge since it has to be suited to the children’s ages, tastes and of course, their room size. There are various ideas you can consider, from lanterns to lava lamps, but whatever you do, be sure to check with your munchkin(s) before you buy.
Don’t get hung up on trends
It’s easy to get enamored with the latest home decor trend, especially if you’re in the research phase. There are too many fads, from combining different colors to using certain types of fabrics. But it’s essential to remember that fads come and go, and your house is forever. If you decide to go for the latest trend, at least make it replaceable so you will not be stuck with it forever.
Consult a lighting designer
This option can be useful in case you find yourself lost in too many ideas and possibilities. Some people have a knack for home decor while others hire professionals to do that, which is completely fine. Even if you’re absolutely sure in your skills, it wouldn’t hurt to ask someone for advice, just to be certain that what you’re doing is right.
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Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing, based in Sydney. He’s interested in business, real estate, sports, as well as the latest tech trends. In order to spend more time with his amazing family and sci-fi books, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger and a business consultant.