Tips for Lighting a Space
Here are some tips on lighting a space with a modern lamp or chandelier. Additionally, you can read our article 25 Ways to Add Light to Your Room to get more styling tips that enhance your design perfectly.
Be Sure to Choose the Right Lamp Shade
The lamp shade makes the lamp. That couldn’t be more true when it comes to floor lamps, wall sconces, and tabletop light fixtures. It’s important to select the right style of lamp shade for your needs without sacrificing any of your design or the aesthetics of the fixture.
Have Three or More Light Sources
Be sure to include at least three sources of light with your design. This can be natural light for a window, an overhead pendant light for general ambiance, and a few accent lights that add character with their design or highlight a feature of the space.
Have Dimmers Installed
Ideal for smaller homes or spaces that are multi-use, dimmers allow clients to control the temperature of the room. This is perfect for living rooms that double as workshops, or kitchens that serve as dining rooms. Alternatively, you can encourage clients to use smart bulbs that can be controlled with an app.
Consider the Room’s Orientation
Rooms with large windows should, theoretically, let in plenty of light. But, if it’s facing a direction that doesn’t receive a lot of light, or light tends to be seasonal, it’s good to consider your lighting strategy.
For homes with a north-facing living room where light might be a little more scarce throughout the year, consider using recessed lighting fixtures along with a variety of modern lighting options to light up the darker corners of the room. Choose wall sconces with directional lighting, and select a chandelier (or two, if it’s a particularly long, narrow room) that will best spread light across the ceiling.