Tips for Updating Lighting in Your Home

June 21, 2023
Tips for Updating Lighting in Your Home

Lighting serves a dual purpose in your home. Not only is it functional and essential, but it also has the power to transform the ambiance of any space!

Consider the scenario when you enter your bedroom at night. If you're anything like me, you switch on the lamp and turn off the overhead lighting. Within moments, the room's energy shifts, creating a more serene and snug atmosphere. You feel calm and comfortable, all set to snuggle under the covers and perhaps read a few pages of your book by the warm glow before drifting off to sleep. It can be the most tranquil part of your day!


master bedroom with ceiling fan


Benefits of Updating Your Home’s Lighting

Lighting is a fantastic way to showcase your home's style and individuality. There are several reasons why you may want to upgrade the lighting in your home, including:

🔆 Enhanced Aesthetics: New lighting fixtures can transform the look and feel of your home. By selecting the right type of lighting, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere or a bright and energetic space.

🔆 Improved Functionality: Proper lighting can make it easier to perform daily tasks such as cooking, reading, or working from home. With the right lighting, you can increase productivity and reduce eye strain.

🔆 Energy Efficiency: Upgrading to energy-efficient lighting options can help you save money on your electricity bill while reducing your carbon footprint. LED bulbs, for example, use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

🔆 Increased Home Value: Modern and stylish lighting fixtures can add value to your home. If you're planning to sell your property in the future, updated lighting can be an attractive selling point for potential buyers.

By upgrading your home's lighting, you can enjoy these benefits and more. So why not consider updating your lighting fixtures today?

Improve the Atmosphere 

What kind of ambiance do you want to create in your surroundings? Do you prefer a serene and romantic atmosphere or a vibrant and spacious one? Or are you looking for a productive and concentrated environment?

If you're looking to create a serene and romantic ambiance, consider using soft lighting, muted colors, and comfortable seating. Adding candles or dimming the lights can also help set the mood.

For a vibrant and spacious atmosphere, try incorporating bright colors, natural light, and open spaces. You can also add plants or artwork to liven up the area.

If you need a productive and focused environment, make sure your workspace is organized and free of distractions. Consider using a noise-cancelling headset or playing instrumental music to help you concentrate. Additionally, having good lighting and ergonomic furniture can help improve your productivity.

Make the Space Feel Larger

Are you struggling to make a small room feel more spacious? Look no further than your lighting. With a few simple tricks, you can use lighting to visually expand your space and create a more comfortable atmosphere. Here are our top tips for using lighting to make a room feel larger.

Use Bright, Even Lighting

One of the easiest ways to make a room feel larger is by brightening it up. Use overhead lighting to distribute even light throughout the space. This will help eliminate dark corners and shadows that can make a room feel cramped. For an extra boost, consider using daylight bulbs or LED lights that mimic natural sunlight.

Add Dimension with Accent Lighting

While bright overhead lighting is important, don't forget about accent lighting. This type of lighting can add dimension and depth to a room, making it feel more open and airy. Try adding floor lamps or table lamps to create pockets of light that draw the eye around the space.

Highlight Vertical Space

Another way to make a room feel larger is by highlighting its vertical space. Use wall sconces or pendant lights to draw attention to tall ceilings or architectural features like molding or built-ins. This will create a sense of height and grandeur that can make a room feel more expansive.

By following these three lighting tips, you can transform any small space into a bright and open oasis. Remember to experiment with different lighting combinations to find what works best for your unique space.

Add Finishing Touches

Incorporating the right lighting fixtures can make a significant difference in the ambiance of any room. A stunning lamp can help create a serene atmosphere in your bedroom. Meanwhile, a simple chandelier can add the perfect finishing touch to a warm and inviting dining area.

If you need further proof of the transformative power of lighting, take a look at this stairwell makeover ( I recently completed for one of my clients. The lights played a crucial role in tying together the entire space, creating a cohesive and visually appealing design.


Choosing the Right Lighting Type  

In order to brighten up a workspace or high-traffic area, functional lighting is installed. Lights above the island in your kitchen, bathroom vanity, and office desk are all examples of functional lighting. However, just because it serves a practical purpose doesn't mean it has to be dull! You can add some charm to your kitchen island with this stunning fixture that is both practical and beautiful.

As the foundation or main source of light in a room, ambient lighting is crucial. Overhead fixtures like pot lights are perfect examples of ambient lighting. If you want to add some excitement to your space, consider something unique like this beaded chandelier that is sure to spark conversation!

Although more subtle, accent lighting can have a significant impact on the ambiance of a room. For instance, an oil diffuser with built-in lighting can create a calming atmosphere in a room. Under cabinet lighting or candles can also provide a soft glow for a more peaceful space.


Factors to Consider When Selecting Light Fixtures

If you are planning a major lighting overhaul or constructing a new building, it is highly recommended to hire a professional lighting consultant. A competent lighting consultant not only understands the aesthetic aspects of your lighting but also the architecture that will make your lighting both efficient and beautiful.

However, if you're looking for an interior designer who can provide both functionality and beauty, then look no further! When you choose my e-design or in-person interior design services, I take the time to understand your personality and vision for the space. This allows me to create a design that reflects your unique style and transforms your space into an oasis.


Finding Unique Light Fixtures for Your Home

If you're on the hunt for affordable options, I highly recommend checking out this article where I share my tips on how to recreate expensive lighting pieces for a fraction of the cost. Additionally, I've curated a list of some of my favorite home accents that are all priced under $200, which you can find here.

With just a few simple changes, you can easily create a stunning ambiance in any room. The right lighting can completely transform a space and make it feel like your own personal oasis. So why not give it a try? Check out my budget-friendly recommendations and start creating your dream space today!

Oasis Home Spaces Interior Design Team

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