Principles of Great Home Lighting

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When it comes to home design, lighting plays a key role in both form and function–insufficient lighting not only makes it difficult to accomplish tasks, but it can also make your space feel cramped or dull. Our team at Wasaga Beach Decorating has extensive experience in home lighting, so you can turn to us to help make sure that your home has the right lighting to set it off to its best effect. We offer a range of options from top manufacturers such as Living Lighting and more, and in this article we’ll go over some key principles of how to use various lighting options effectively.

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  • Layering- In home lighting, it’s always best to place lights at various heights in a room. For instance, in a living room, you could use a combination of table lamps and wall lights in addition to overhead options to create visual interest and ensure that things aren’t being lit from just one source or angle.
  • Localization- Building on the idea of not using just one light source for your home lighting, it’s important to include lighting fixtures for specific tasks. This can be as simple as including a reading lamp by the chair where you read your newspaper, or can be more involved, such as mounting lights to the underside of your kitchen cabinets to illuminate your counters for easier food prep.
  • Visual Impact- Lastly, not all of your home lighting has to be purely practical–you can also include some light fixtures designed to create striking visual effects. Some examples that we have seen used include placing lights in the floor to show off textured tile walls, or lighting bookcases or other niches to increase the visual impact.