5 Lighting Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

You can spend a lot of time making sure your home is just right. You can carefully select the furniture, decoration, and so on, and you can think that you’ve got everything just right. But somehow, something feels off. If everything else is on point, then it’s likely that your problem is to do with an aspect that can dramatically alter the overall atmosphere of the room: the lighting. Take time to get this right, and your home might just begin to feel a little better put together.




Different For Each Room


To begin, know this: there is no one size fits all approach to lighting. The lighting in each room should be different, depending on your needs, and a little bit depending on general wisdom. For example, you should have a bathroom that’s bright, so big spotlights make sense. In your living room, you want the atmosphere to be cosy, especially in the winter, so look at creating dark hues that make you want to sink into the season. In the kitchen, it’s a bit of both: you want to see everything, but also, it’s nice to have a bit of atmosphere in there too.


Too Dark, Too Bright


There are a few common mistakes that people make when it comes to their lighting. They don’t know how to position their lighting, and, as a result, often end up with a room that is too dark, or, too bright – but in the wrong areas. If you’re using lamps, then make sure you’re taking a look at the height of the lamp – it makes a big difference. Also, think about the wall colour; if it’s a dark colour, then you’ll need brighter lights to liven up the room – if it’s a light colour, then the opposite is true.


Natural Lighting


Not all of your lighting should come from manmade sources. Having as much natural light in your home as possible will make it a happier, cheerier place to be, especially in the spring and summer. Try to clear as much space in front of your windows as possible, and buy venetian blinds so that you can control how much sunlight can pour in. It’ll be a welcome addition to your home, especially after a long and dark winter.


Change With The Season


And talking of winter, make sure that you’re switching out your lighting a little with the change of the seasons. In autumn and winter, you can add a useful and cosy lighting source: candles. In spring and summer, it’ll be all about taking away those window covers and letting the summer warmth fill your home.


See What Others are Doing


Finally, take a look at what other people – and companies – are doing. The lighting in hotels, for example, are nearly always exceptional; it’s kind of what gives a hotel that unidentifiable look. If you’re travelling around and see something that catches your eye, take a look at how they’ve achieved that look and take it back home with you.



Now that winter is behind us my attention has turned to decorating our home for spring and summer.  I am in the process of changing our soft furnishings from dark shades to ones that are soft tones and will bring as much sunshine in to the house as possible.


I am also on the lookout to create ambience and atmosphere in our home and to do this my attention next is on lights.


When thinking of lighting I have been on the hunt for several things.  I want my home to feel bigger and warmer but I also want softer lights too.  I’ve trawled the internet and come up with some hints and tips to share with you on how to use lighting effectively.  This is what I have done and am so pleased with the results.  I have no way finished but I’m getting there.  These lighting tips will hopefully help you create a wonderful atmosphere in your home too.


1. Plan

The first tip I’m going to share is to make a lighting plan.  May seem silly but it works!  Think about the rooms you want to add lighting too and what type of lighting.  I mean you don’t want an overly bright light in your bedroom when you are trying to wind down and relax!  So write down your rooms, what you use them for and then consider the style you want to add and the temperature of the lights.

2. Don’t stick to one light source

Know when it’s cold and you’re told to layer up?  Well it’s the same for lighting – honestly!  Layer lighting sources, put them at different levels to create a wonderful ambience to your room.  For example, use spotlights to highlight your favourite picture, use uplighting for a soft lighting feel or use low hung pendant lighting over a table.



3. Choose the right bulb

I am so in love with the filament bulbs!  I love being able to see the workings of it and not worry about covering the bulb up.  I have opted for using filament bulbs in my side table lighting.  However, make sure you choose the correct watts for your atmosphere and  of course make sure you choose energy efficient bulbs too!  




4. Create a welcoming feel

Ok I have to admit to just taking down our Christmas string lights that I had in the hall!  I really loved the welcoming feel they gave to the hall as guests entered.  I have really fallen in love with these string lights that are fashioned in to tiny colourful cocktail umbrellas.  These I really need in my life right now!



5. Keep it Simple

Try and consider your theme, a colour scheme and materials before considering lighting.  Keep it simple and try and ensure all your lighting complements each other.  To open your space and make it appear bigger opt for neutral tones with the odd pop of colour.  If you want to add a touch of sheer luxury then go for darker tones.


Whatever lighting you choose I hope it creates rooms that make you feel wonderful.  Are there any other lighting tips you would like to share with me?  Let me know below.