Let there be LIGHT!
It is so important to consider your lighting plan when building or renovating your home early on in the planning stages. There are so many factors that can affect light in your home, and that can be from the natural light pouring in, or from the low stud ceiling. There are lots of things to take into consideration. Here are a few we have thought about to help you along the way.
Think about the mood you want to create in your home, and then think about specifically about each room and what mood you want to have in them.
If you want low, indirect light to create a calming mood at a time when you are winding down. This means during your build, allowing for lighting at multiple levels, plenty of power points (including one in the floor of your living room if you have a floating sofa) so that you can include floor lamps and table lamps around the home.
There are the obvious spaces to install lighting, such as over the kitchen island bench, over bedside tables, and either side of the mirror in a bathroom.
But many forget to account for those really large voids, such as that above a stairwell that demands statement lighting. Having your electrician run cables in areas such as these during the building stage is important - if the lighting here is an afterthought, having to erect scaffold specifically to hang some pendants, can be timely and costly.
It's important to learn to be spatially aware and ensure the ceiling height and room dimensions are considered closely in your selections of lighting. Another tip to consider is the cleaning of certain lights in particular areas of the home. Yes, that's right I am talking about fly dirt and dust. It has to be thought about! I don't know about you, but I don't want to have to be cleaning my clear glass pendants every second day because they get dirty so quickly.
Gorgeous pendants like this one above do the job of adding some dimension and interest to a living space but hanging over your bathroom vanity, they aren’t very effective at providing enough light for applying your makeup. Different lights for different places.
In this case, you are better off installing a vanity light that is purpose made to cast light appropriate for tasks such as makeup application, eyebrow tweezing, and face shaving.
To achieve the ideal lighting for your home renovation or build, engage a lighting or design professional. Otherwise, invest some time into doing some research to gain a thorough understanding of what’s required for your home lighting design plan needs. An interior designer is the perfect person for the job!