Most of us don’t really think too much about the lighting in our homes. Generally speaking, we get a lamp, screw in a bulb and ‘poof’ there’s light; but certain mistakes can cause any space to feel, well, off. Allow us to enlighten you with five common household mistakes you should avoid.
- Forgetting the dimmer switch – A lot of people dismiss dimmer switches. “Dimmers are the best kept secret of lighting design,” says Interior Designer Jeff Fiorito. Jeff believes they turn your lighting from day to night, can be the highlight of any event and can impact your mood. I personally love our dimmer switch in our child’s bedroom. We turn it up in the morning to get ready for school and turn it down for gentle and relaxing light before bedtime.
- Lighting from top to bottom – Installing overhead lights or table lamps can make a room too cozy, or too bright. Think in layers. Overhead lighting, like recessed lights, are great for ambient lighting when going about your day or hosting a party but won’t provide you the comfy, cozy light you’ll want when you’re curled up on the couch reading or watching a movie.
- Creating shadow people – Place a light in the wrong location and you create shadows on your face, make it difficult to cut vegetables in your kitchen or make it hard for your kids to do their homework. Solve these problems by installing sconces on either side of your bathroom mirror instead of a single light above, try a long fixture above to illuminate your entire face, install under-cabinet lighting for your kitchen space and add a desk lamp for detail-oriented tasks.
- Forgetting the paint color –Walls that are too dark in a room with not enough light will make a space feel like a dungeon. Repainting with a lighter color can have a dramatic effect on the feeling and lighting of a space; but if painting isn’t an option, refer to mistake 2 and remember to light your space in layers from top to bottom.
- Selecting the wrong sized fixtures – When choosing your room lights, especially chandeliers, it’s easy to make the common mistake of buying the wrong size fixture for your space. To find the right sizes chandelier, Wayfair design experts recommend adding the room’s height and width in feet. That number, in inches, should be the approximate diameter of your chandelier. In dining rooms, you should choose a chandelier that’s one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width.
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