In any kind of residence, people carry out their activities with the aid of light. Yet seldom, if at all, do we harness the ability of lighting to improve our daily living experience. In particular, those who’ve moved into older homes with outdated fixtures or poorly executed layouts can be missing out. A bathroom renovation project focused on better illumination can put an end to nights and early mornings of fumbling around in the shower or cutting yourself with a razor. And if you want to see an immediate improvement in your indoor lighting, here are some other changes and upgrades you can make on short notice.
Amplify the natural light
Letting more natural light into your home works wonders for any interior and provides several benefits to well-being. On top of that, the more you can rely on natural light throughout the day, the less energy you need to consume.
Start by identifying all the small steps you can take to maximize the amount of sunlight entering your home—trim trees, clean up the window glass, and remove other obstructions and clutter around your windows. Once that’s done, you can work on amplifying the light within your home. Mirrors, when strategically (and tastefully) placed, can add depth while bouncing the light around the interior. A similar effect can be achieved by painting adjacent surfaces in light hues or bringing light-colored furniture close by to diffuse the daylight further.
Enhance the controls
In our age of rapid technological innovation and advancement, it’s amazing how many homes still rely on a light switch with only two states. How about having ‘on,’ ‘off,’ and ‘in-between’ or ‘on-demand’? Today’s dimmer switches offer a simple and effective way to control the level of illumination to suit your needs. Some lights have sensors for motion and ambient lighting; these allow your home to automatically save power during the day or when no one’s around, only brightening up when necessary.
You can even take things a step further without much effort by setting up a smart lighting system for your home. This allows you to use an app on your smartphone or voice commands to remotely control lighting throughout the house or automate the controls to match your behavior or daily routines.
Lighting according to purpose
The various parts of our homes are suited to different activities, so another simple step you can take to enhance your home’s lighting is matching it with the purpose of each location. In places where people gather, such as the living room or dining room, soft lighting sets a desirable ambiance—you can position lamps to achieve this effect better. Strong overhead lighting is more suited to rooms where practical tasks are carried out, such as the kitchen or your home office.
Accent lighting can be used to draw attention to design features or art objects and can be selectively applied in the receiving or entertaining areas. Finally, some parts of the home could work best with a mixture of lighting options. The bedroom, for instance, might need a low ambient light for reading at night and bright wall lights and mirrors for when you’re organizing your stuff.
Upgrading the interior lighting in your home may end up being an extensive undertaking, but if you’re not ready to go all out, these small steps will help you achieve some big improvements right away.