Home renovations present a trying and exciting time. Exciting because it’s a chance to redefine the space, give it a little color and life, but trying because home renovation requires a lot of work, effort, not to mention money. But when done right, it can mean a new lease on life for any home. This is particularly true when the renovation also involves changing up the lighting at home. Changing up the types of light fixtures and its placement can really elevate the look and feel of a home. Below are the common pitfalls people are generally prone to falling into when it comes to home lighting.
1. No task or accent light
An important thing to always remember when it comes to interior lighting is to have a well-designed room or space that uses different varieties of lighting. Task lighting refers to them having an increased illumination for a specific type of activity. Similarly, accent lighting is used to focus light on a specific area or object in order to give it more bearing or white in the overall design of the space. Together these two helps to set the mood of the room. When the easy way is to have lamps or ceiling lights installed as a way to bring brightness into the room, task and accent lighting sets to elevate how light plays are role not just in allowing light to flood in a space but how it can also be a design component with the same weight as furniture and decorations.
Contrary to popular belief, task and accent lighting don’t only serve aesthetic purposes; they serve a function as well. Take task lighting as an example. These are used for reading as well as bedroom vanity to assist in applying makeup. Accent lighting is used to showcase artwork or architectural features in a house like a photo gallery or an entryway. Using these two together with the ambient lighting creates visual interest in the space and allows for more lighting option in your home.
2. Light fixtures only for decoration
There are so many factors that go into selecting the right lighting fixture for a home. You have to consider its output, the energy it uses, as well as the quality and color of the light it produces. But their decorative piece is something that should not take precedence over all others. However, to many people, they give the visual appeal higher regard than a purpose when it comes to selecting the right lighting fixture. We certainly can’t blame people if they come across a gorgeous lamp or wall scone and want to have it in their home but such rash decision will only mean money wasted and they end up with a fixture that doesn’t really fit well into the motif of the home.
In looking for lighting fixtures, always prioritize function over the looks. Shop around for the ones that truly offer what you need before looking into how it looks and its design aspect. It’s easy to make a lamp look beautiful, harder to make it blend seamlessly into your space.
3. Ignoring shadows
We tend to focus on light but we fail to understand how its counterpart plays its part. Shadows are easily overlooked when choosing for the right interior lighting but that can be a grave mistake. Light and shadow go together and in being smart about the right fixture you get and its placement, you can use the shadow it casts for your maximum advantage. Do it badly and you can make your home look uncomfortable and eerie.
Forgetting about how shadows are cast can also impede in the functionality of a room. An overhead light in a study room or kitchen might mean shadows cast on your work area making it difficult for you to get anything done. In doing a home renovation and you want to change up a few of the light fixtures and placement around, consider how each room should function and how a light fixture or furniture might cast its shadow.
4. Choosing the wrong size of the fixture
Sadly, this is one of the most common mistakes that people make when they fail to plan their light fixture ahead. They go into a hardware store hoping to get a few liquidleds for their home renovation only to realize that there are a variety of sizes for the bulbs. Some do guesswork and just get the ones they think that would fit their needs. More often than not, they end up back at the store having to exchange it for the correct size. Or, those bulbs end up in a cabinet somewhere forgotten.
Sometimes people get fixtures that don’t fit the room at all. They choose a chandelier that’s too big for the dining room or placing an oversized lamp on the coffee table which can make the room look quite disproportionate. These can all be avoided by paying close attention to the measurements of the room before driving up to the closest lighting showroom. And never ever rely on just eyeballing the dimensions when you get to the showroom.
5. Only having one source of light in small spaces
Last on this list of lighting faux pas would be to assume that just because space is small it only needs one source of lighting. If you really think about it, these small spaces are the ones that see a lot of activity. Pantries and closets are always being opened and close, and bathrooms are used throughout the day. With so much activity going on, it makes sense that these spaces should get the lighting treatment it deserves
Consider using strip lights, undercabinet lights, or lighting bars to rectify the lack of luminosity these places constantly suffer from. Not only will this allow more lighting option for when rummaging through its contents, but you also won’t have to struggle so hard looking for the thing that you need.
There you have the common mistakes that people make in home lighting during home renovations. Avoiding these can really bring your project into a different level of style and luxury.