Lighting Interior / October 9, 2018 / Jaycee Bolin.
Illumination is the basis of all visual beauty. Without light, we cannot see the attractiveness of a decorative interior. That is why changing the lighting arrangement in a room can have such a dramatic effect. While most major lighting installations should be installed during the construction of the building, or afterward by a trained and certified electrician, there are a few simple changes that you can make which can have a powerful impact on the space.
Probably the most straightforward step you can take to change the illuminated nature of the space is to switch the lampshades that are covering your lamps. Decorative stores have a variety of shades that you can choose from, allowing you to select from different sizes and styles. You can also often bring the lamp in with you to have a shade fitted to its sizing right there.
If you’re feeling courageous, you might want to try coordinating colored shades or choosing pieces which made of reflecting or refracting materials such as metal or glass. An old lampshade can be dressed up by merely coating it in a light colored fabric or even a pattern. In this way, you can create colorful glowing displays throughout your home.
Another relatively simple thing you can do to change up your lighting is to install a dimmer switch. A gives you a tremendous amount of control over the illumination in the space. You can either install the dimmer in place of a wall switch or place a separate one on each lamp in the house. There are both plugins, and wire cut installed dimmer switches available at your local hardware store.
A related change is to get any of some novelty lighting switches. Can include things like the “clapper” which can give you a sense of command every time you light the room. You could also get a motion sensor light switch, attached to some cool ambient lights that will add a touch of color or glow to the room by day, and a much-needed hands-free way to light the space at night.
Sometimes simple things can make a dramatic difference. Placing a line of strip lights, or little hockey puck sized fixtures on the tops of shelves lined with books can give your home the feeling of a museum library. A great way to illuminate a dark room at night, while also creating a sense of sophisticated intelligence in the space by highlighting your tomes of knowledge.
You can also do something similar to works of art. Whether it is a portrait from a local artist or an epic masterpiece from one of the greats, art always looks better when directly lit. Use this to create subtle, subdued points of illumination and beauty within your home.
As you can see changing your lighting scheme doesn’t necessarily require the help of an expensive electrician. Sometimes something as simple as a novelty switch or a new shade can help to change the look of the room completely. The fact that the piece illuminated will make it inherently stand out; giving it a sense of presence that will catch peoples’ eyes and captivate their attention.