That’s it, you’ve got the furniture, you’ve chosen the color of the walls and bought a bed. All that’s missing is the right lighting. And it’s good that you are looking for some insight on the matter! Because in most construction projects, homeowners tend to overlook the importance of lighting and how it will affect the spaces created.
Whether you are planning an extension or adapting existing interior spaces, any change in the shape and size of your room will play a role in your room’s lighting – whether natural or artificial. Even simple changes such as a new choice of furniture, wall or floor colors will have some impact on the final lighting. So, if you are planning on making any changes to your home, here are 7 common lighting mistakes to avoid in order to brighten your room the first time.
1 – Choose the wrong size or style of fixture
This very common mistake can have a huge impact not only on the final lighting, but also on the overall look of your room. Putting a small pendant light or large chandelier above a modest-sized bed simply won’t work. The key is to understand the proportions. A small light will barely illuminate your bed while a large chandelier will just dominate the lighting space and make your bedding look really tiny.
2 – stick to a single light source
Placing different lighting options in your room is a good way to create different moods. So think about ways to add lamps, ceiling lights, or wall sconces to separate areas of the room for different uses. Nothing like a bad light for your make-up area or bad lighting above your nightstand if you are a book lover.
3 – Swear by recessed spotlights
Recessed lights and spotlights have been a very popular lighting option for many years now, but it is quite easy to fall into the trap of installing them inappropriately. In most cases, homeowners install as much as possible in the ceiling, believing that this will give the right level of lighting. This is completely wrong because recessed spotlights do not illuminate the walls because the light produced is a narrow focused beam. This thus leads to the floor space of your well-lit bedroom with dark walls. In order for a room to be fully lit, light needs to reflect off the walls, so ceiling lights on their own will not be enough. Use ceiling lights only where they perform best and add additional lighting options such as wall sconces, floor lamps, and pendant lights when needed to complement them where you want more light.
4 – ignore natural light
Sometimes lighting a room is not the answer when daylight provides light (and warmth) at a lower cost. If you can afford it, installing windows, or Velux windows in the roof or ceiling is the perfect way to bring natural light into a room. Obviously, you will still need lighting for the evening, when you go to bed, especially on winter evenings.
5 – Do not consider the “color” of light
Many bulbs are now offered with different color “temperature” options, which means that the light they emit can be extremely bright white or on the contrary a warm yellow. Choosing the wrong option can drastically change the feel of your bedroom and make it too bright and dazzling, or inappropriately too dark. The colors of the walls and the size of the room also play a role. So the best way to get the correct result is to think about how much brightness you want in your room and what types of bulbs will give you the desired end result.
6 – forgetting to install drives
Sometimes you want to control the amount of light in your room to change the mood? The simplest solution is to install dimmers. Many owners forget to install them and this results in very binary installations. Either the bedroom is fully lit or nothing at all: it is completely in the dark. A dimmer can solve all your problems by giving you the flexibility to choose how you want the room to be lit, when you want it. It would be a shame not to enjoy !
7 – No room for bedside lamps
Who said that the bedside lamp was necessarily on the bedside table at the head of the bed? There are so many other possibilities. Lack of space is therefore no reason to do without bedside lamps. You can install a lamp behind your bed, directly above the headboard. It thus projects its light directly onto your pillow or open book. You can also install pendant lights hanging from the ceiling: they illuminate objects placed above the bedside table without taking up space. You can take the luxury to install rails on the ceiling, which will allow you to move your ceiling lights as needed.