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5 tips to create the perfect home lighting

Lighting not only adds style and personality to a home, it also enhances the functionality of each room. Consider the activities that will take place in each room, how you want it to feel, and which elements you want to highlight. If you’re not sure what will work best for you, here are a few tips to make your home shine!

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Tip 1 – Layer your lighting

Your home needs various layers of lighting for different times of day and different activities, with each layer building on the other.

The three main layers of lighting are:

  • Ambient
  • Task
  • Accent
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Tip 2 – Create a welcoming entry

The lighting in your foyer should create a welcoming entry for guests – and makes a great first impression. A stylish chandelier or feature light in a two-storey home can create a stunning focal point. Alternatively, if you choose a single level home, consider statement wall lights to make an impressive entrance.

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Tip 3 – Go with the flow

The popularity of open plan living means that lighting throughout the home needs to be consistent. Do you prefer cool white or warm white? Warm white is usually the preferred choice for home lighting, as cool white is much more clinical – think supermarket lighting.

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Tip 4 – Add personality with pendants

Whether they’re hanging over the island bench in the kitchen or above a reading nook, pendants are a great source of both light and style. Their versatility allows you to use them in creative ways. Choose a feature pendant that packs a punch or create a cluster for a clever design feature.

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Tip 5 – Consider dimmer controls

Dimmer switches allow you to create a light source that you can change, according to your needs and mood. For example, in the dining room, you might turn the main ceiling lights up when the kids are doing their homework, but dim the lights for a dinner party with friends.

5 tips to create the perfect home lighting - Hallmark Homes

Lighting not only adds style and personality to a home, it also enhances the functionality of each room. Consider the activities that will take place in each room, how you want it to feel, and which elements you want to highlight. If you’re not sure what will work best for you, here are a few tips to make your home shine!