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Everyone wants to make their homes look and feel good for guests and for those who reside there. You add comfortable couches, hang beautiful art to the walls and create design schemes that promote conversation and intimate moments. Have you ever thought about how the lighting that you utilize in your home can change the way your home looks and feels? With the right lighting choices, you can transform a room from top to bottom. A few simple additions can make your room seem larger or smaller, depending on what you want, and can be the final touch that caps off your interior design.
If your home does not have a lot of natural light, you may be missing out on some illumination that could benefit your mood and your pocketbook. Large windows or skylights can let in sunlight throughout the day that prevents you from having to use electricity all day long. If possible, you may want to revamp your windows or install a skylight to make the daytime lighting in your home natural and flattering to your design. There are some areas in the home, such as the basement or north-facing rooms, where natural light will never be able to occur, but that is where you can add better lighting elements as well.
When the sun goes down, you need the lights on in your home to see, but the lights you choose to use can either provide a flattering glow or unattractive shadows. Can lights are a good option for the kitchen, replacing those flickering incandescent lights that wash out your guests’ skin tones. The great thing about this type of lights is that you can place them anywhere you want a direct beam of light. A row of can lights over your island or counter can provide illumination for your family as they eat meals.
Not only can the right lighting provide a good-looking glow to your home, it can add elements of visual interest to any design scheme. Functionality is essential, but form is just as important when you want to complete the look of a room. Choose lamps, pendants and chandeliers that look as good when they are off as they do when they are on. There are many different styles of lighting to choose from, such as modern, classic, industrial or chic, that you are sure to find the right pieces for the look you prefer. You can add an eye-catching pop of color or a sculptural element of surprise by picking an interesting lamp that can completely transform your space.
When the weather turns cold and the days are shorter, the lack of natural light in your home can affect your mood. Properly arranged artificial lighting can help chase away the winter blues, keeping you feeling good throughout the long months of the winter season. Adding brightness to your room, even during the daytime hours, can be therapeutic and beneficial to all who live in your home.
While basic lighting is important in any house, creating a comfortable, cozy home can be accomplished by adding beautiful accent pieces that shine warm, flattering light on your family and anyone who comes to visit.