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Selecting The Lights For Your Home

The lighting you choose for your home is extremely important to its overall appearance. Proper lighting can make a room feel cosy and comfortable, while improper lighting will make you want to leave. There are so many options to choose from today – different shapes, designs, types, and so on. And even when you have finally made your selection you have to face the problem of arrangement – which is even more difficult and important.

Of course, the arrangement will mainly depend on the room in question – a kitchen or a home office need to be well lit, while a living room or a bedroom will benefit more from dimmer lights. The main point here is the types of lamps you use – i.e. ceiling, floor, table or wall. What is each type suitable for?

A ceiling lamp spreads an even amount of light across the entire room without highlighting or neglecting anything. If you want that to be the main source of cosiness in the room, you need to choose an ornate chandelier instead of a plain one. The kitchen, on the other hand, will look better with a simpler lamp than a designer one. Even if you are not planning on turning on the ceiling lamp, it is generally a good idea to have one in every room – you never know when you will need all the available light to take care of a problem.

There is another way to position a ceiling lamp, however – above the dining table in the dining room or the coffee table in the living room, to place emphasis on that area and attract attention towards it. Strategically placed ceiling lamps are a great solution if you have a big room which you have divided into separate areas – living, dining, etc.

A floor lamp is the other way to highlight an area – in fact, it is its only purpose. A general rule of thumb is that the floor lamp needs to be situated near a wall or a piece of furniture – in the corner near the sofa, behind a plant for a subtler look, next to the free-standing mirror in your bedroom, and so on. If you have a lot of furniture in the room, placing floor lamps next to several pieces can create a very well-lit, yet cosy and romantic environment.

A table lamp is most commonly associated with the work place or the bedroom – table lamps sit on desks, bedside tables, and so on. If you have an area in your home where you work or read, you definitely need a table lamp there. With the exception of placing such lamps on end tables in the hallway, for example, they are not so much used for creating ambiance as they are purchased out of necessity.

Wall lamps, on the other hand, are the epitome of ambiance lighting. They are used for highlighting an object or area such as a painting or picture, the mantel, or something similar. A practical use of a wall lamp would be on the staircase where other types are not an option, or as a night light on the wall behind the bed. Wall lamps are the perfect way of turning a house into a home.

The great thing with lamps is that, once you’ve liked and bought them that is, you can change their places every few hours if you so desire, until you find their perfect locations. The only problem with that would be the colour of the lamp – a red floor lamp that was meant for the living room will not sit well in your blue bedroom.