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When you walk into a dark home, you instantly feel uncomfortable. Having a well-lit home makes it open, inviting and comfortable. When designing and styling your home, lighting should be carefully considered to not only add value to your home, but to make it a more liveable space.
Here are some tips to help brighten the interior of your home.
Natural light is the most important lighting to have. When a room has more artificial lighting than natural lighting it can feel clinical and lifeless.
If you’re designing a home from scratch, be sure to increase the number or size of windows in your home. If you’re dealing with a space without windows such as a hallway or butler’s pantry, natural light can be introduced through skylights and roof windows.
Natural light can be increased with the clever installation of mirrors. Having mirrors on windowless walls reflects the light and bounces it around dark rooms and into places the light would have never reached. Painting your walls in light colours also helps reflect natural light around rooms. Dark paints will absorb the light and make a room feel gloomy.
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Switching solid doors with frosted glass doors increases natural light in your entry areas and rooms while still maintaining privacy.
Try to make window dressings larger than the window frame. This means having your curtain rod longer than the window so that when they are open all the way they block the walls instead of the edges of the window – every ray of sunshine makes a difference. In terms of blinds, hang them a few inches above the top of the window so when they bunch above the window and not over it.
While installing a bunch of downlights has its place, it adds no real functionality or personality to your home. There’s heaps of other options and configurations to consider in all the rooms throughout (and outside) your home.
Hallways often feature your favourite artworks, photographs and sculptures. Installing picture lights that illuminate and showcase your artworks make the hallway more interesting, while lighting the space.
For overhead lighting, the best option to go for is dimmable lighting to allow the mood of the room to instantly change at the turn of a dial. Floor and table lamps are great for highlighting different zones and let people utilise full light for tasks like reading without affecting the rest of the room. Opt for yellow lighting in living rooms to create a sense of warmth.
Like your living rooms, dimmable lighting in bedrooms is a great option. Bright lighting in a bedroom can be overstimulating and may disrupt your sleep, especially for kids. In kids bedrooms, think about buying night lights, but keep them soft and perhaps motion sensored so they switch off when the kids fall asleep.
Commonly, a lamp next to the bed for reading does the job, however, other lighting options you can consider include sconces, wall lighting and pendants all of which are available in awesome designs.
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Heat lamps in bathrooms help reduce the shock of moving from a hot shower to a cold vanity area. Around the vanity, go for lighting that either lights from down low or straight on as overhead lighting can cast shadows while trying to apply makeup. Bathroom mirrors have advanced incredibly over the years, including the option of backlit mirrors.
A recent trend in building is to illuminate the outside of home. This increases the street appeal of your home, and lighting the path up to your door makes it safe for you and your visitors too.
When building or buying a new home, it’s important to treat lighting as a valuable feature. Even the most simple, cheap alterations to your home’s lighting can not only make it a nice place to live, but adds to its value.
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