Recessed lighting is a subtle way to focus your guests’ attention on a specific spot in your home, or it can be used as a way to provide soft overhead lighting to particularly dark rooms in your home, like your basement or a room that does not have a lot of natural light.
You might be wondering how to use recessed lighting, especially if you’ve never had it before. Do you use one light or many? How many is too many? Here are a few tips on how to use this type of lighting to your advantage.
One thing to keep in mind: you can retrofit recessed lighting. There are kits and tools available, or any home remodeler should be able to do this for you. You’re not limited to recessed lighting only in new builds and you don’t have to worry about having your entire basement remodeled to get these kinds of lights.
You want to be sure that the lights are not placed too close together, nor do you want them to go in a straight line down the center of the room you’re trying to illuminate. These two tips might seem almost counter-intuitive but your room will end up looking more like a runway and less like an inviting place to relax and hang out.
A basic rule of thumb when it comes to spacing: lights that are four inches big should be about four feet apart and lights that are six inches big should be about six feet apart. Consider centering your recessed lighting around the object you want to illuminate. For example, if you have a lovely sculpture on display, group the recessed lights around that sculpture and adhere to the rule listed just before this. You should also buy enough lights that you can light up the object from several different angles. This will ensure you and your guests can clearly see the object from all angles and there are no shadows cast.
If you are using recessed lighting to light up an entire room, consider where you will be placing your chairs and sofa. You don’t want people’s heads and shoulders to block the lights, especially if you are trying to read or play games.
The best part about recessed lighting these days is you can get decorative rings to go around the outside of the fixtures. You are no longer relegated to plain white or cream colored bands. You can get rings with lovely decorations and details, and you can match those to the rest of the room’s décor.
Interior designers have mastered a few tricks that can make your space look fantastic. Here are five tips that you will want to copy to help make the most of your next room arrangement and design without spending too much.
Remove the distractions with your paint hues.
Painting bold accent walls used to be in fashion. Accent walls can be done well. It is better to keep your paint color choices similar and straightforward when you decide to repaint the walls. You will want to remove drastic changes from one room to the other. It is a good idea to pick neutral paints colors that give your decoration options flexible. As you paint each room you can add a slightly different shade to each one. Painting in neutral, simple hues will create a synergy with your decorations and provide an elegant look and feel.
Let in the light.
Let there be light. Dark shady rooms may work well for a restaurant or bar, but for your living areas, you are going to want to bring in the sun. Minimize your window coverings in favor of more light. Cleaning your windows is an inexpensive task you can do to increase the brightness of your room. Modern lighting has more options than older lightbulb technology and can create natural looking light when other natural lighting options are not available. Make a quick and easy improvement to your rooms and increase the brightness.
Make sure you scale hanging items to the size of the wall.
A general rule of thumb for hanging pictures is that the middle of the art piece should be hanging at eye level. If you have a massive wall, consider increasing the size of your painting, picture or decoration. This scaling can be done with one large item or created by combining smaller decorations by placing them grouped.
Update old things
One of the cheapest and creative things you can do is to update your old items. By reusing fixtures and furniture, you already have in your house you can save money and have fun. You can take light fixtures or old wood furniture and give them a facelift with a can of spray paint. Spray paint technology has dramatically improved, and you have many different options for colors, hardness, and textures.
Professional advice can help you get you moving in the right direction and vision. Consult a professional interior designer if you are wondering where you need to start. They can help you avoid other design mistakes and may save you money and help your home or office look fantastic.