Lighting is a crucial part of every room and can make a huge impact. It’s also something that many people don’t fully understand how to do correctly. In this post I’ll shed some light (so bad) on how you can put together a lighting plan for each room in your home. A good plan involves layering different types of light. There are 3 types of lighting that we’re going to talk about: ambient, task, and accent. When you’re planning it’s best to start with general (ambient) and move your way to specific (accent). Not every room needs all three. To determine the needs of a room make note of what you do in that room and any features of the space you’d like to highlight.
Tip: use GE Reveal light bulbs. These are honestly the only bulbs I use for anything. Regular soft white bulbs will give off an unattractive yellow hue that can make everything look odd and distorts the colors in a room. GE Reveal bulbs give off natural light that mimics daylight. Just switching to these bulbs alone will make a HUGE difference.
Ambient lighting is the main source of light for your room. Its purpose is to light the entirety of a space. This includes ceiling-mounted or recessed fixtures, wall sconces, and floor lamps. In my opinion, the best ambient option is recessed lighting. If you’re currently using lamps or a single ceiling fixture to light a room, the most dramatic change you can make is to get recessed lighting installed. You’ll be shocked at the difference. Side note, put a dimmer on everything; it gives you so much control over the feel of the room.
Task lighting is targeted to a specific area of a room where, you guessed it, tasks are performed. In a living room, this would be a reading lamp on your end table; in a kitchen, it would be under-cabinet lighting where food is prepared; in an office, it would be a desk light where paperwork is done…
Last but not least is accent lighting. This is lighting that is directed at something specific such as a piece of art, a sculpture, or the shelves of a built-in. It’s generally done by using track or recessed lighting. Accent lighting is the icing on the cake. It’s not essential but can add a lot.
Here are some photos to illuminate (I love puns) everything…