Lighting is one of the most important things I look for in a room. Some people like their rooms to emulate the lighting that is outside of them, others like their room to be darker than the night outside them. It really all depends on your preference and what fits you best, and what you’re doing. Some people like light to shine on top of a work area to keep them awake, others don’t.We spoke to the team behind Suchandsuch.co we asked them for practical tips on how to select the best lighting for every room in your home.
What are you doing in that room?
If you’re in your bedroom and you only go to your bedroom to sleep, chances are you don’t need a lot of light in there. Some may have a lamp by the bed in case they want to read, and also a ceiling fan light. These two lights supply all the light some need in the bedroom.
There is no such thing as perfect light for a specific room, there’s only perfect light for the specific task you’re doing! In a room such as an office direct or targeted light works the best. Having the light focused on top of your task will keep you focused on it as well! So, in a room like an office it is nice to have some ambient lighting such as a window to give the room some natural light and then some direct lighting such as a targeted lamp near your work station.
In a room like a bathroom where you don’t have any work to do and the only reason you need light is just to be able to see you don’t need too much light except for one spot -near your mirrors. Near your mirrors you will need some source of light just to make sure you can keep your personal hygiene under control and be able to primp yourself in your mirror whether it be makeup, shaving, or hair styling, you need some way to be able to see how you look. As for the rest of the bathroom you don’t need much, like I said all you need is some light to keep you from falling over as you walk. Some basic ceiling lights or indirect lighting should work fine here.
For outside your home you may need several types of lighting for several types of reasons. There are lights you have to help you see, such as small lights lighting up a walk way, these can prove to be very useful and you can even find some of these that are solar powered! If those don’t give you enough light to make your walkway visible you can try some lights overhead such as some lights coming off your garage if you had a garage near your walkway! There is also a need for security lighting for outside. Many homes have motion activated flood lights that flood an area not with water but with light as soon as they’re activated. These are wonderful and can be used to deter pests such as racoons and bears, or even pesky humans who are trying to break into your home! There are also party lights that you can set up on a patio if you find yourself hosting a lot of parties. You could even buy some tiki torches, some of these also burn Citronella so not only do they look cool, but they also keep those dreaded mosquitoes away for the night! There are many different types of outside lighting and which you get all depends on what you need.
In your living room, you’re going to want something that accentuates the art you have hanging in there or maybe accentuating a sculpture you have. Fireplaces are amazing if you have them and make for good lighting during nights where you’re all inside sitting around it, if you have a fireplace you don’t need to worry too much about getting specific lighting for that room, you have nature’s light!
All in all, there are so many different types of lighting you can use and each one is as valid and as wonderful as the last. It truly all depends on two things: what you are doing, and how much light you need. Some people will be doing work that requires them to have light shining in a certain spot to keep them focused and other people will be doing things where they just need enough light to be able to not fall over. Whatever you end up choosing, it is best to consider the function first and from select what best resonates with your personal style.