Lack of proper lighting is one of the most common complaints I hear from homeowners. Whether it’s task lighting in the kitchen, adequate lighting in bathrooms or just having any lighting in a bedroom, there seems to be a shortage of the proper kind and type of lighting in most home building. Here are 8 ways you can enhance your space through some fairly simple lighting upgrades.
1. Place a hanging fixture in smaller spaces with a few well-placed spotlights.
Sometimes the size of a room can limit the type of fixtures used to light the space. In this dining area, a hanging fixture might make the area feel more closed in. Instead, a few pin spots are used to highlight the buffet and ornate mirror.
2. Place a ceiling fixture with monorail lighting in a hallway to create an instant art gallery.
The design flexibility of today’s lighting systems allows so many possibilities. In this hallway, a simple and modern track light is used to light an art collection. This solution would be a great way to highlight a family photo gallery or create a showcase for kid's art work.
3. Wash the walls with light.
This room is a study in how to distribute light throughout a space. Small recessed lights in the perimeter soffit throw soft light on the walls to highlight the art. Accent lights in the tray ceiling add a warm glow through additional indirect lighting.
4. Use uplighting to highlight landscaping to transform your home’s exterior.
There’s almost nothing more welcoming than a well-lit exterior in the evening. You just want to walk up to the front door and meet these people. Light is used around this home to highlight the architecture of the home and show off the beautiful landscape design.
5. Install multiple lighting systems to create a flexible lighting environment.
The kitchen is a good example of a space in which multiple, separate lighting systems is necessary. This kitchen has overall lighting (recessed lights), island lighting (monorail system) and task lighting (under-cabinet lights). Different combinations can be used to create different moods.
6. Decorative lighting can be used to highlight architectural features.
Without the additional lighting here, it’s just a nice wooden staircase. The recessed lights under each step amplifies the depth of each step.
7. Create something unexpected
An illuminated onyx table becomes a focal point in this intimate seating area. The soft glow created by lighting this stone table from the inside adds a light source we just don’t expect and creates an interesting conversation piece.