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Lighting tips for every room in the house

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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A properly lit house invites you in. Lighting takes the lead in interior decoration, but often we forget about just how large of an impact it can have. By only varying the lighting, with no major changes in furniture, we can provide a room with a completely different and create a unique environment.  Of course, this also means that poor lighting can be hazardous to both layout and decor. Today we take a close look at some lighting designs and proposals that we hope you will find useful when choosing artificial lighting for your home.

The living room

As far as lighting is concerned, the living room is the most flexible room of the house. The general feel of the light should be warm, including both the overhead lighting and any floor or table lamps.

In this picture, the overhead lamp has been created from an old, recycled birdcage. Its soft light is complemented by other light sources spread throughout the room, like the ceiling lights in the reading area in the hole in the wall.

The dining room

In the dining room, the main task of the lights is to illuminate the table. It seems a simple function, but in fact there are several aspects to consider. We need a clear light that not disturb the eyes or create glare (especially important for glass tables). We also want to try to avoid shadows on the dishes. 

Here, we see two whimsical, colourful lights, placed overhead and on the wall. This is a very suitable option that will allow you to adjust the intensity of light at different times. And, of course, we cannot overlook the design of these colourful lamps that provide not only light, but style.

The kitchen

The most important thing to consider in the kitchen is that we need to combine general lighting with focused lights. The first should not be too strong, but enough so that we can easily see inside the cabinets and drawers. 

In kitchens as small as this one, the embedded lights are very practical. LED lights are a good choice for this style.

The bedroom

In the bedroom there should be an overhead light as the main light to provide illumination from above and, depending on how many people use this room, one or two reading lamps. The main light should point to the ceiling and reflected there to avoid glare or shadows. 

In rooms with high ceilings, we can place a hanging lamp like the one seen in the image, but if the bedroom has a low ceiling, a hanging lamp may make the space feel smaller.

The children's room

The lighting in children's rooms needs a little more planning. The spotlights can be placed depending on the areas that children use to play, sleep or perform other activities like reading and drawing. It is important that the lamps are out of reach of children. 

Children’s rooms also allow for the opportunity to be creative and playful with the lighting choices. In this room, the light fixtures take the shape of glowing balloons, perfect for inspiring children’s imaginations.

The bathroom

 Bathroom by homify

Hexatile Blanco, Harmony B&W 17,5x20


Bathroom lighting, unlike that in the living room or bedroom, must be practical and functional. It is essential that we direct a spotlight to the bathroom mirror. The use of natural light is very important also in the bathroom. If, as in the picture, the window of your bathroom is located over the tub, you should do everything possible to let the light flow into the room, even forgoing a shower curtain.  If that is not your style, choose a curtain in a light colour. Another way to maximise light in the bathroom is through the use of shiny tiles, which will reflect the rays.

We hope we have encouraged you to consider the lighting in your home!

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