Lighting
Danielle Littman |  October 3, 2014

Golden Lighting Guide Rules

Location may be the most important word to remember when it comes to buying or selling real estate, but remembering to focus on details may be one of the golden rules when it comes to interior design. One extra chair, an oversized sofa, or an unflattering or ineffective lighting choice may be all it takes to make a room look unattractive or cluttered, but you can avoid these and other missteps if you follow some proven design guidelines. You may want your space to be inviting, sophisticated, and simple all at once, and you can make this dream a reality if you keep some basic lighting guide rules in mind.

Balance and proportion should be considered regardless of the room modesty or grandeur, and specifics such as room size, ceiling height, and the amount of incoming natural light will impact the type of lighting that will work best. A space that will be used as a game room will need different light than a room that may be used primarily for crafting or reading. Light sources that work best around mirrors and in dressing areas need to be soft and flattering, and you may want your kitchen lighting to be bright, functional and decorative. Lighting that creates glaring and other harsh effects should be avoided, as well as light that is too dim or ineffective.

Your lighting guide should alleviate any hint of dreariness, since a dreary effect will overshadow even the most attractive room furnishings. Recessed lighting is offered for kitchens, bathrooms, and other interior spaces, but many reputable designers avoid this type of lighting because it tends to create a gloomy and unflattering effect. Things like table lamps, floor lamps, and other ceiling light choices can make your living spaces extraordinary if you remember to incorporate balance, proportion, and purpose.