Light it up
It is very important to get the lighting right in each room of your home. Here are some tips on how to choose the right type of light for your home.
The way I work with picking the right type of light for each room of my home is to create a lighting plan. Your plan can be very simple with creating squares to represent each room. Each square should be a different size to replicate the size of your actual room. Mark your room boxes with the following :
W = window
D = door
X = power socket ( it is very important to mark your plan with the location of all power sockets )
Square shape = Lamp
Circle Shape = Pendant
Also label each square what type of room it is and when do you use this room.
Example of how I create my simple lighting plan.
Once you have completed your lighting plan there are a few more steps you need to take before going out to buy your lights. Without planning and research in most cases you will end up spending a lot more money for your lighting that did not suit the room and the rest of the house or the light strength was not enough or to much.
Here are the next 5 steps you need to take before investing in your new lights.
Step 1 : Understanding your light. There are 3 words I like to use with styling a home with lights, they are Ambient, Task and Accent lighting.
Ambient light is the type of light your switch on when you enter a room. It is mainly your main power source for the room.
Task light is lighting that is used to see what you are doing. This is your add on light that provides you with the focus on the particular area thing you may be doing.
Accent light is an optional light that may be added to a room to complete the look of the space or to highlight an object.
On your plan think about adding these words to the rooms you think will need this kind of lighting.
Step 2 : Size does matter in this case. Selecting a pendant that is too large or too small will create an unbalance to the space as well as not provide the lighting you will require. Be very aware when you are shopping for your light the size you will need. A small, medium and large reference to the lighting specialist can go along while.
Step 3: It also helps a lot if you measure your room space and note this information down. When you are at the lighting shop you can provide this information to the specialist who can further assist you if you do need a small or a large pendant light.
Step 4: Now you need to start your research on the look of the light. You will need to decide on a colour or material that you would like to purchase. All lights at the shop look fabulous but once at home mixed with your decor or other lights you have around the house could really result in a huge disappointment to your purchase. The method I use to select my lights and ensure that they will work together is by taking photos of my exisiting lights that are currently in my home and will be staying. I then look on the internet of lights that i like and think will suit my home. I save those images to my lighting folder. I then paste all my lights in a word documents and see how they work together.
Step 5: The final step is find a few lighting stores you would like to visit. Ensure on the shopping day you take all your information that you can work with while looking, touching and making decisions on the light or lights you are about to purchase.
Now that you have all your information you are ready to go out and make a purchase.