Getting the right balance of natural and artificial lighting in your home is important to creating a pleasant ambience. As different rooms each have their own purpose it’s essential that they each demand a unique style of lighting. Here’s a quick guide to the right type of lighting for each room in your home so you can get it right.
The bedroom has many purposes so as a result demands a variety of direct lighting styles to create the right atmosphere. Natural light is important for waking up properly on a morning and helps to create an airy feel. However, as we sleep in the bedroom we need much softer artificial lighting on a night-time to create a relaxing ambience and aid a peaceful night’s sleep. Lights with a dimmer switch can be good as you can adjust the brightness to suit your mood, although bed side lamps and candles tend to work well.
Lighting in the kitchen needs to be bright and functional. There should be enough artificial lighting for the preparation of food, eating meals and general socialising. Lighting that’s highlighted in certain areas is popular and works well, with spot lighting above the worktop surfaces to make sure that chopping and preparing food is easy. These lights also work for on an evening, if you’re sitting down to eat in the kitchen and want to create a softer ambience without having the big light on. At Scotlight Direct there’s an amazing variety of different kitchen lighting available.
The bathroom is the one room where natural lighting doesn’t really need to be an issue. For ventilation having a window is important but frosted glass is usually the norm in bathroom windows meaning that the natural light is obscured slightly anyway. The artificial lighting in bathrooms needs to be bright and vibrant as many people use the bathroom as a place to get ready in a morning and it’s essential to have good light when shaving or applying makeup. Spot lighting tends to work best as it distributes the light evenly across all areas.
The living room
The living area of your home should have enough natural light to be able to relax in the daytime and be able to read a paper or book without having to switch the lights on. It needs to be comfortable and airy but peaceful and relaxing in the evening. Often a lot of living rooms have an open fire place which creates a nice natural glow and a few lamps and candles to create a peaceful, relaxed lighting for chilling out in the evening.