Tips for Indoor Lighting - Centris.ca
July 21, 2016

Tips for Indoor Lighting

Lighting has an important effect on our mood and our well-being. It’s therefore important to have proper lighting throughout your home. There are many options available for bringing light into your rooms and making them more enjoyable.

Whether you’re brightening your walls, installing mirrors or changing the curtains, here are a few tips you can follow to optimize your home’s lighting!

Good lighting

  • Increase the number of light fixtures in your rooms.
  • Determine the places and items to be lit.
  • Use different heights and adapt the lighting to the ambiance of each room.
  • Choose lightbulbs according to the needs of the area to be lit.
  • Choose directional, indirect, diffused or directive lighting.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Good lighting

Light-coloured walls and ceilings

  • Paint your walls and ceilings bright colours such as white, soft yellow or light green.
  • When choosing paint or wallpaper, opt for a satin, lacquered or shiny finish; they reflect more light.
  • Try using glass partitions.
  • Have one wall covered in mirror or trompe-l’œil, which gives the impression of having a larger space.
  • Consider the possible installation of a skylight.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Light-coloured walls and ceilings

Flooring options

  • Choose a surface in tile, concrete or wood, as opposed to carpeting.
  • Use materials that have a smooth or glossy finish as they disperse light effectively.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Flooring options

Windows

  • If you’re building your home, maximize exposure to natural light through the location of the windows; for example: 40% facing south.
  • Allow the maximum amount of light to enter.
  • Avoid using curtains that are heavy or dark in colour.
  • Choose curtains in bright materials such as organza or taffeta, which are available in many colours.
  • Try using sheers as they are eye-catching and transparent.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Windows

Furniture

  • Don’t overload your rooms with furniture, let the light spread throughout the room.
  • It’s best to choose low pieces of furniture.
  • Place any seating facing a window in order to take advantage of the natural light.
  • Choose furniture made of glass or plexiglas, which help to reflect light.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Furniture

Accessories and lighting tips

  • If you need to separate a space into two, use translucent wall dividers.
  • Remove doors and replace them with light fabric curtains.
  • Accessorize your rooms with cushions, rugs and objects in bright, vivid colours.
  • Add a light therapy lamp.
Tips for Indoor Lighting - Accessories and lighting tips

 

With sound advice and good tricks, it’s not hard to brighten up your rooms and have a well-lit home all year long!

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