There is a very subtle, but highly impactful accessory you are likely drawn to in well furnished rooms in shelter magazines, on home related websites and on television. It’s such an important and grounding accessory, yet slips by your conscious mind. Can you guess what it is? In a word – its the lighting. Both functional and stylistic – lighting is more center stage in the design world than it has ever been – especially in the last 5 years. Change the lighting and change the look of any room.
Proper lighting of a room is pretty technical. It involves 3 different types of light. There’s mood or ambient lighting, task lighting (like over a counter in a kitchen) and accent lighting (for highlighting a specific area or piece of art). Only a true lighting designer or electrician can draw a plan to ensure that your goals are met in each room.
But style is something a homeowner or a home buyer can completely control and can be a relatively easy and financially advantageous way to update a room in your house or change the look. If you are considering selling your home, it is also a great way to stage it to appeal to today’s home buyers.
Here are some tips and examples of how changing the lighting changes the look of a room.
Table Lamps – are ideal for making change without the need for an electrician. Table lamps provide down lighting which can act as ambient or task lighting and add style, color and height to a living or bedroom :
BEFORE — A More Traditional Look Becomes More Modern
Or Industrial Or Glam
Chandeliers – draw the eye up and can set the tone for a room. There are 3 types of chandeliers – hanging, semi-flush mount and flush mount. Selecting the appropriate one for your space depends largely on the room, and the ambience you want to create. Even a slight change in a hallway flush mounted light can change the look dramatically.
Semi Flush Mount BEFORE:
AFTER — Changed the dark paint to white and added a white “schoolhouse” style light that is a touch of vintage and somehow more modern at the same time. This switch indeed change the look of this dark, forboding hallway.
Hanging Chandelier BEFORE:
AFTER — this was a “do-it-yourself” project . The homeowner found this fixture at an antique store. It was originally all brass with frosted glass bulbs. He spray painted it black and replaced the frosted bulbs with clear ones. The larger fixture is much more proportional to the size of the dining table. He also hung the fixture lower so it catches your eye and frames the setting. This lighting change, dramatically changed the look of this dining room.
AFTER — the space needed some contrast without interrupting the all white clean look in this kitchen dining area. Adding a pattern drum shade creates a focal point. Again, notice how much lower it is hung. You can purchase shades separately and use on an existing pendant style light in your home. If you can’t find a pattern you like, ty buying contact paper and wrapping the shade yourself.
- Shades of Light – http://www.shadesoflight.com/lighting/
- Wayfair – offers free shipping – https://www.wayfair.com/Lighting-C215735.html