Building a house where comfort, beauty, and tranquility lives with your family is a goal you must keep on your wish list and inside your heart. It makes life a happier journey to take.
There are many things and factors that make up a wisely built house. It can be really demanding and mind-twisting, too, because from the finest to the biggest details, everything must be clearly defined. In that way, you can soon see your dream house coming to reality.
Lighting is one of the chief elements that you must ponder as you begin planning for your house construction or improvement. Some people are so happy for making their house’s lighting one of its assets. On the other hand, some people are regretful for not carefully planning about it at all and doing nothing to fix it.
So that you won’t be the latter, here are 4 essential tips that will help you have the most suitable lighting inside your house!
PROPORTIONS DO A LOT.
There are short lamps, and there are tall ones. There are big chandeliers, while there are little ones. There are long fluorescent tubes, and there are light bulbs.
Many different types and kinds of artificial light sources and lighting fixtures are available in the market. From those, you can choose which ones to place in your house. You must, however, be careful not to be simply distracted by cool-looking and attractive ones. Some might be visually pleasing but not appropriate for your house and its features.
Many homeowners commit a seemingly little mistake that results to big regrets when they pick the wrong sizes of light fittings. Don’t make the same mistake. Learn from others.
A big floor lamp standing beside the sofa can be uncomfortable to guests, not only to you. A set of ceiling lights won’t be enough for a wide dining area. A broad table lamp may lessen your table’s usefulness. Wall scones alone might not be enough even for your small bathroom.
These are just some cases wherein you must attentively take a look at the importance of proper proportions. Consider the appropriateness of the size of the light sources you’re planning to buy, with the size of your house and the spaces you’d like to put a light in whatever direction or location. They can make your house well-lit but crowded and uncomfortable, or spacious yet insufficiently lit.
When shopping for lighting fixtures, bring measuring tools and a list of measurements because just seeing them can be confusing and deceiving. Take the advice of your custom home builder or your personal interior designer, if you do have, regarding the right sizes (even shapes) to choose.
YOUR PAINT COLOR IS SILENTLY WORKING.
That chandelier you tested inside the home appliance shop functioned really well and made the place light up cheerfully, however, when you placed it inside your living room, you felt like it’s a different product you got there! Well, unless you’ve been scammed, you’re wrong. It’s just the place’s vibe itself as affected the paint color and the lighting’s combination.
Indeed, your house’s paint color has an impact on how your lighting might distinctly appear. If the paint color is light, then the environment will appear light, soft and probably gleaming. Meanwhile, if it’s dark, then the feeling would be a little tougher, more solid and more confined.
Keep in mind that no matter how many lights you place in your house and how big they all are, it will neither look nor feel bright if the walls are totally painted dark.
WHERE WILL SHADOWS LAND?
You have to visualize how a certain area will look like when it’s 6 in the morning, 12 in the afternoon, 9 in the evening and just whenever. It might seem not very useful to do so if you’ll think of it, but the truth is that by doing so, you’ll be able to know where to place your furniture, where to let your appliances face, where to designate your reading areas and clothes drying areas, where to place your windows at.
You’ll be able to come up with a smart placement idea of your home essentials after considering how natural light in the day and also at night will strike your house. While they are good elements you can use for Instagram-worthy photos, shadows can ruin your mood and make you unproductive on a regular day of doing household chores or hygiene duties, and that’s simply because of your wrong choices.
Overhead lighting inside your comfort room can cast shadows on your face and cause you to have a hard time washing it. Placing decorative lights on the walls of your dining room, behind the chairs, can give you a difficult time seeing and eating your food since your body casts a shadow over it. Wrong positioning of bulbs will take away your mood for reading comfortably at night.
Shadows do no harm, but they can just annoy you if you don’t put lights where they will work well. Go place a light source in the wrong spot, and you will definitely produce a problem for yourself. Again, cleverly learn where the sun rises relative to your house’s position so you’ll know how to arrange and organize stuff in your shelter.
FOR ELECTRIC CORDS AND PLUGS
Before anything else, even before brands and decorations, think about the lighting your house is going to have. If you are going for DIY homebuilding, be sure to take expert advice, so you can be sharp when it comes to placing electric cords, sockets, switches, fuses, and others which will be attached permanently or for the longest time.
It all starts with strategically planning and deciding about these aspects because if you get any of these inappropriately done, it would be hard for you to be limitless when it comes to designing your house and putting lighting fixtures wherever you want. You will be bound by the electrical aspects because safety with convenience is much more important than visuals and unique design; you’ll agree with that.
LIGHT IT UP
Lighting at home sets the atmosphere. It can affect the mood and the vibe of the place and of the people in it. Placing light sources and considering qualities such as light color, size, style, height and more are challenging, but you can also have fun in the process of everything.
Keep in mind that in choosing and constructing the lighting in your house, you should never forget convenience and comfort that last the longest time. It’s for you and your loved ones’ blissful life at home.
For Nicole Ann Pore, as cliche, as it sounds, there is no place like home. She believes that is not only a responsibility but also a privilege to create and take care of a house where a home is built. Nicole writes on topics that reveal the essence of a nice home, as well as home care and improvement tips. She is a daytime writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of New South Wales’ most experienced home residential builders. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University-Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.