1. CHOOSE WARM LIGHT
Homeowners usually debate over cool light vs warm light. For the uninitiated, light has two components: the color temperature and the color display. The color temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin (K), and the temperature used indoors ranges from 2000K to about 6500K. The higher the Kelvins, the colder the light. The color temperatures of lights have varied effects on spaces, from creating a mood to providing practical task lighting. ‘Generally speaking, cool white or even daylight bulbs are only really good for tasks or workspace areas where there is no natural light,' says Niki Wright, co-founder of lights&lamps. 'Layering warmer light is a more natural way to brighten your living space and help transition the day into evening,' says Niki. 'The use of brighter ceiling fittings during the day is often a subtle enhancement to natural daylight. Dimming them down in the evening and complementing them with low-level lamps can transform a bright space by day into a cozy living room by night.’
2. DO AWAY WITH EXPOSED BULBS
Exposed bulbs are often a polarizing topic when it comes to lighting but largely, these bulbs do have the tendency to be too harsh, especially when you choose a clear bulb you can see the filament through. These when used as wall sconces can throw sharp, or sometimes even focused illumination in a certain part of the room, casting unnecessary shadows or glare. Always choose a frosted bulb over a clear one when bulbs are on view.
3. LAYER THE SCHEME
Several lighting pieces come together to create a well-balanced, considered lighting scheme, with fixtures ideal for task lighting, accent lighting, or general illumination. Layer the room's scheme with overhead lights such as a chandelier, a few recessed spots, and a table lamp or two. This will help the space come together. ‘Don’t rely on just a single overhead light; layer lighting levels from several sources, with a mix of table lamps on surfaces, floor lamps, and wall lights to cast a cozy glow,’ says Niki.
4. ADD RECESSED LIGHTING TO YOUR SCHEME
Recessed lighting, when installed within the ceiling or walls, beam a soft, diffused lighting below without making a space or an element in the room look overly lit.
5. OPT FOR THE RIGHT LUMENS
While deciding on how many lights you need in a living room or kitchen may be a good place to start with your lighting plan, do keep in mind the light output of each of the fixtures too. This is measured in lumens. So, when you go shopping for bulbs, think about the brightness you want by comparing lumens instead of watts.
6. DON'T FORGET THE DIMMER
Diffused lighting is another great way to play with the living room, kitchen, or bedroom lighting ideas. Once diffused, you will notice how the illumination is softer, warmer, and more flattering. If you have ones that lack a dimmer, you can purchase a plug-in dimmer that will let you control the brightness.
7. BRING IN TEXTURE
To make the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, or living room lighting feel cozy, consider reducing the intensity of light by hiding it within a lampshade or a covering. Think rattan lamps, paper lamps, or more. These textures help filter the outgoing light, thereby making it feel more moody.