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If you live in a rented house or purchased a pre-existing residential unit and do not enjoy dramatic, free-flowing natural light characteristic of some modern houses, there are still ways by which you can ‘light up’ your place to add drama and make some spaces feel really cozy, while keeping certain areas well-lit for safety purposes.
Here, you will get to know some of the basic interior design tips focusing on lighting.
A lot of us have said bye-bye to the yellow light bulb for energy conservation reasons and for the effect its kind of lighting has on eyesight, and today, people have a number of energy-efficient options to choose from. But before investing money in sometimes-initially-expensive lighting fixtures, experts advise you to first identify which areas of the house require special attention when it comes to lighting and what function the spaces in your home will actually serve.
The most utilitarian part of a family home would be the kitchen/dining area especially in an open plan layout. In this section, aside from general lighting, e.g. LED spots, some tasklights underneath cupboards and a mains voltage lamp can add texture and drama.
For halls and stairways, good general lighting is a must; and for the sake of safety and convenience, light switches should be positioned on both ends. For ornamental purposes, you may opt to add close-to-ceiling fixtures for hallways and smaller, chain-hung ones for your stairwell.
The laundry, utility room, pantry and the bathroom would all benefit from glare-free compact fluorescent lighting. Although for the bathroom, directional recessed spot lighting can be added for mood; and additional lighting around the mirror will help for grooming purposes.
Your living room will benefit from ‘multi-layered’ lighting with the possibility to use wall recessed lighting or floor recessed lighting for emphasis and ambiance, energy saving table lamps, chandeliers, compact floor-based uplights, decorative wall and ceiling fixtures, and many others.
How detailed you can be all depends on how much space you want to ‘light up’ and your all-important budget. With constant innovation in the market, aside from more expensive LED lighting, you may opt for compact fluorescents or CFLs, and next-generation halogens.
Handy Interior Design Tips
• Lighting is a utilitarian home element that can also add drama to any space
• Before investing in lighting elements, identify the function of each area first
• Aside from relatively pricey LED lighting, you may look at CFLs and halogens
Source: Claire Dangalan, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer