Light fixtures can have a big impact on how a room feels as well as its functionality. In addition to considering the type of room, it’s important to think about the kind of atmosphere you want to create when selecting a fixture.
Make your bathroom brighter.
Getting ready in an overexposed environment ensures that you’ll look good under any light. Add some recessed lights to get plenty of luminosity in this space, and think about adding a wet location fixture for your shower. A vanity light is a must-have for illuminating the area you use to get ready.
Pay attention to the warmth and color rendering index (CRI) when picking your bathroom lights, and prioritize bulbs in the 2700K-3000K range for a warm feel. Keep the CRI above 80 for lighting that makes colors look true to life.
Create a cozy feel in your bedroom.
Many homeowners opt for flush or semi-flush fixtures to generate a central focal point in their bedroom. A ceiling that is at least nine feet high calls for this type of fixture, but there are other options to explore if you have higher ceilings, including pendant lights and chandeliers. A light and ceiling fan combo is another practical alternative to consider.
The key is to avoid light fixtures that are overly bright in your bedroom. Pick a fixture with a frosted effect for subdued light, decorative elements that diffuse straight-on light, and use bedside lamps with shades for accent lighting. You can produce that same soft atmosphere with dimmable recessed lights, or even an LED string for a picture-perfect bedroom.
Try zone lighting for your kitchen.
The new trend is to have a multifunctional kitchen organized into different zones, which requires a mix of ambient and task lighting.
Recessed lights are ideal for a sense of openness, while surface lights will make this space more practical. Add task lighting to different zones like your food prep area, kitchen island, pantry, counter or bar to create visual boundaries between these areas. A low-hanging pendant above your kitchen island will instantly produce a modern feel for this room, while under-cabinet lighting will offer a mix of task and ambient light.
Layer light fixtures for your living spaces.
Create a balanced lighting scheme by mixing ambient, task and accent light in your living spaces. Natural light counts as a form of ambient light.
Recessed lights are a discrete option that can make an open floor plan feel larger, but you can add a statement piece like a chandelier to complement your home decor. Table lamps and standing lamps can help create visual interest, and multi-level lighting means you’ll look good in your home, from any angle.
With more families transforming their open floor plans into multifunctional spaces, we’re seeing task and accent lights become more commonplace. Whether you need a soft and subdued light for your reading nook or a bright fixture for your work-from-home area, zone lighting will make your living spaces more useful.
Light fixtures are one of the many matters to consider when moving into a new home. Craftmark Homes features gorgeous floor plans that take advantage of natural light and open up countless possibilities for layering light and designing an interior that feels like you.
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