1) Balance Task with Mood lights based on each room's function
Task lighting involves finding the right brightness to get jobs done. For example, a kitchen needs to be well-lit for cooking. Mood lighting usually involves lights that can be dimmed. For example, mellow lights in your bedroom help you relax before sleep. An effective home design includes a combination of mood and task lighting. A home that is too bright causes a feeling of agitation. There is no specific room to escape and wind down. Alternatively, a home that is too dim or mellow causes a feeling of lethargy. Brightness increases focus and a willingness to do household chores, whereas dim lighting may relax you too much to the point of neglecting household duties.
2) Let in natural light
Maintain a good ratio of windows to your house's size, and don't forget skylights to let in sunshine. Sunshine brings happiness into your home. You will also be happier when you see your electrical bill after replacing artificial with free natural light. Your indoor plants will also thank you! Remember with lighting that everything is connected, and even a small change in your lighting habits has a major impact elsewhere.
3) Minimize appearance of unsightly cords
Consider cordless lamps or lighting. Otherwise be creative! Use the cord in the actual hang of overhead lights. You could also attach the cord to a wall and hide it with a pretty design or with a camouflaged cover. You could even arrange your furniture or different items in the room to hide the appearance of light cords.
4) Don't forget outside
Have a sprinkle of lighting for your patio, garden, and around your home's exterior. This is important for security reasons as well as aesthetic. Consider solar power lights that automatically switch on after dark. Automatic lighting will save you money on your electrical bill and remove the hassle of remembering to turn the lights on at night and off in the morning. Be modest with outdoor lighting. Have just the right amount to suit your front or back area.
5) Artistic lighting adds style and warmth
Always include lights or lamps with unique designs that express the personality of you and your home. The addition of a lamp with a distinct design can surprisingly make an entire room. Many choose lamps with designs on the outside so that the lamp is just as beautiful unlit.
Remember the golden rule of lighting - keep it simple, elegant, and creative!
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