How To Choose Your Home Lighting Design

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The first step to get you started in home lighting design is to know the various lighting options available to you.

In general, three types of lighting are available for home lighting design; ambient, task and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is that which provides general lighting to the whole room and is usually achieved by opening the blinds or by using dimmers. If you need special effects, then task lighting is the way to go. This kind of lighting focuses on tasks such as reading or cooking, so it is most often used for this purpose.

Accent Lighting

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Accent lighting is great for highlighting special features in a room. Special attention should be paid to architectural features and artistic details in rooms, as they can be easily lost in a sea of light. Task lighting is also useful for illuminating a specific area. It is commonly placed near the bed, so that you can see the top of your head before rising. If you want a more general, wide-angle light, then you will need to install the ambient lighting in the design of your home lighting design plan.

Mood lights can be an important element in your home lighting design plans. Mood lights come in many varieties, so you will be sure to find one that suits your tastes perfectly. Most of these lights feature warm, friendly colors and pleasant, calming aromas. Some emit relaxing, soothing sounds or produce a warm, relaxing atmosphere. Mood lights are best used in a room where you spend a lot of time – if your room is a place where you read a lot, then you might consider purchasing a couple of accent lamps, along with the regular lights, in order to create a mood.

The Next Light Switch

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When planning out your home lighting design, don’t forget about the next light switch! One of the most important things to remember when choosing your lights is that you must always keep a sufficient amount of light in adjacent rooms. One of the easiest ways to do this is by purchasing a pair of close-by lights, which can either be wall sconces or regular lights. You can easily place them just next to each other, or over the cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom.

When creating a home lighting design, don’t forget about the task and accent lighting! You can choose two different lights for the shower, one to turn on the water and another to shine a bright light on your face before putting on your makeup. You can also install one light over your vanity, next to the mirror, in order to light up your face while applying your makeup. These types of lights are called task accent lights, while the artificial light can be called ambient accent lighting, which casts a softer light on the entire room.

Choosing A Color

Choosing a color for your home lighting design is a personal choice, but I would recommend avoiding red and orange. These colors tend to cause anxiety and make people feel tense, so I would advise choosing blues, greens, and violets. Blue and green will help you relax, while orange tends to create a cheerful mood.

Last but not least, you should always take into account your windows. If you have glass windows, then you have a lot of options, since you can choose between frosted and clear fixtures, as well as between spotlights and recessed lights. 


A lot of people are now installing outdoor chandeliers in their yards, since they are very affordable and look great! If you’re not quite ready to run outside and open your windows, there are other home lighting options that are equally beautiful. Whether you’re interested in recessed lighting, chandeliers, pendant fixtures, or LED lighting, there are lots of ways to brighten up your home without spending too much money.

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