Lighting plays an important role in any interior space. Not only is it important for functionality and how the space will be used, it also affects our mood and how we perform on a daily basis. Lighting can help highlight objects and artwork, accentuate our favorite colors, and create a comfortable and cozy ambiance. Light is the source of life, nurturing our positive energy and uplifting our spirits. The best kind of lighting is natural light so make sure your rooms have ample natural light in the space. If you have smaller windows, you can hang mirrors on the wall opposite the window to reflect daylight. If you don’t get a lot of natural light, you can use artificial lighting from recessed lights, track lights, chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, or wall sconces. A combination of both natural light and artificial lights will help create a space that blends both functionality and visual appeal together in the right harmony and balance.
Types of Lighting
When it comes to lighting, there are 3 categories of lighting – ambient, task, and accent lighting. Ambient lighting is one of the most common types of lighting. It is general lighting that illuminates an entire room and is also referred to as mood lighting because it provides a soft glow. A dimmer switch can facilitate in creating mood lighting. Recessed lights, chandeliers, wall sconces, and ceiling light fixtures are examples of ambient lighting.
Task lighting is used for a specific function such as for your work area and is a smaller, more concentrated light. It’s meant to help you see when you are working on a project where you need light for sewing, cooking, writing, painting, reading, homework, etc… Pendants, vanity lights, under cabinet lights, desk lamps, floor lamps, and swing arm lamps are examples of task lighting.
Accent lighting helps to highlight and accentuate pieces you want to display from your favorite collections to your favorite artwork, furniture, bookcases, plants, and architectural details. A lot of museums, art galleries, and historical building use accent lighting to highlight important pieces on display. Track lights, picture lights, and wall sconces are examples of accent lights.
Below are some examples of popular light fixtures that can help not only with tasks and highlighting important pieces in your home, but also with the overall ambiance and mood of the surrounding space.
When I think of Easter, I think of lovely soft pastel colors, the creative dyed and painted eggs, the cute bunnies floating around, and especially the Easter egg hunt filled with surprises. How will you be celebrating Easter on Sunday? Whether you celebrate for religious reasons or just for fun, Easter is a great time to get together with family and friends and just enjoy each other’s company. If you haven’t started decorating your home for Easter yet, don’t worry. You still have time with these easy ideas for getting your home ready in time to enjoy a stylish and fun filled Easter!
When it comes to kids and teenage rooms, decorating can be a lot of fun, especially choosing a color scheme with them that will bring out their personality. Their bedroom should be comfortable and safe for them, but also reflect who they truly are. With some guidance, you can help young kids or teenagers select colors that speak to them, even if it means they like bright orange or lime green colors which can be used on an accent wall or through accessories. You want your children to have something lively and fun that makes them happy, so give them the creative freedom to figure out what they truly enjoy and help guide them through the process. Try to stick to 2-3 warm and cool color combinations with patterns and prints to add texture to the space. If you decide that you need help putting the room together, contact an interior designer to help tie everything together cohesively. Below are some popular color schemes for kids and teenage rooms to give you some ideas.
Purple and Orange
Purple is a popular color that works well with your younger daughters as well as your older daughters. When paired with a warm vibrant color such as orange, the color combination really pops. A purple bedroom has that bold wow factor that some kids dream of, especially if the walls are painted purple. It’s all in how you tie the colors together and how you incorporate prints and patterns to the room to add texture to the space. Include at least two different shades of purple to give some contrast and interest to the color palette. You could choose the furniture in light wood tones or white painted furniture. Don’t be afraid to add in a third color such as aqua, yellow, red, or lime green in the bedding, drapes, or from accent rugs on a small scale to really mix it up.
Green is one of my favorite colors because I love nature and it’s everywhere around us. It’s a soothing and relaxing color that has been shown to improve reading ability and creativity. Also, a fun fact about the color green is that it’s used for night-vision goggles because the human eye is most sensitive to and able to recognize the most shades of that color. You can read more interesting information about the color green here.
Not only is it the color of harmony and balance, it’s also perfect for spring. With Saint Patrick’s day coming up, you can add various shades of green in your home decor without spending a lot of money (which we also associate with green). You can add a splash of green to your walls, washi tape your table lampshade, hang tropical wallpaper, or reupholster your chair just to name a few. Most importantly, pick a shade of green that you are comfortable with and that gives you joy. Below are some simple ideas that will hopefully inspire you to find your own creative ways of decorating with green in your home.
1. Paint your front door or interior doors