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Why Lighting Matters

A room can be beautiful, but it’s nothing without proper lighting to show it off. Additionally, the type of lighting you utilize in a room can make or break the functionality of your space, so choose wisely and remember, you don’t have to limit yourself to one option! The wonderful thing about lighting is that by choosing a combination of functional lighting and accent lighting, you can create a versatile space that suits your needs and highlights the beauty of your room. Here are three things to keep in mind when selecting lighting:

Functionality

Beyond the gorgeous stainless steel fixture, or those glimmering crystals adorning the chandelier of your dreams, lies an ever important and practical element: function. Ask yourself what is the purpose of your space–what do you spend the most time doing there? In the kitchen where the use of knives is a daily occurrence, bright lighting is key. On the other hand, if you do more TV watching than reading in your living room, ambient lighting might be appropriate. If you have art or objects in your room worthy of a spotlight, don’t neglect them! Use track lighting to call attention to your favorite things.

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Mood

Lighting sets the mood! Soft, warm lights create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, whereas bright lights are refreshing and energizing. How do you want to feel when spending time in this space? There are so many options when it comes to selecting lighting that creates ambience–but there’s a fail safe here: attach lighting to a dimmer switch so you can adjust the brightness to reflect your current disposition.

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Natural light

When thinking in terms of lighting, we often overlook the power of natural light. Choose window treatments that utilize the natural light you already have access to–you’ll be amazed what a difference a sheer panel can make. Colors look different in natural light versus artificial light, so keep this in mind especially when you’re choosing wall paint. Remember that lighter colors create an illusion of space; in conjunction with natural light, you’ll get a truly expansive effect. However, a room with a lot of natural light is the best place to experiment with darker shades knowing that the reflection of sunlight on the walls will help to keep the space from feeling cavernous.

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