Among the elements used for interior decorating there is one very important element you may not have thought of as important to the decorating process. That element is light. Lighting plays an essential role in the feel and functionality of a space. Here are some ways you can decorate with light and illuminate your design ideas.

Choosing the Right Light

The first decision to make is to decide what type of mood or feel you want for the room. Then all the lighting decisions can follow from there. Rooms that have a lot of activity will require more light. Rooms like the kitchen, laundry room, or any other work rooms should be well lit to provide ample functionality.

If you have a room that has multiple purposes you can find ways to adjust the light to fit the current need. For example, blackout curtains can be tied back during the day to allow natural light into a space, and then closed at night to use more cozy lighting like lamps or candles. Lamp shades can either focus light, or scatter it depending on their shape and mounting. The paint on the walls can interact with the light as well. Light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb light. Mirrors and other reflective objects are a great way to help disperse light through a room.

Choosing the Right Fixtures

When choosing the fixtures for the room you will want to think about the style and purpose of the room. Children’s rooms should have flush ceiling mounted lights that can not be reached or knocked over. Recessed lighting under kitchen cabinets is a great idea to highlight countertops and provide extra lighting when needed.

When it comes to fixtures there is a wide variety of styles to choose from. You could go modern, classic, or trendy. Nearly every design you can think of can be found when it comes to fixtures. The same goes for other accessories, like the cover plates for the light switches themselves. There are even lights that can be programmed with a smartphone or tablet app.

Choosing How to Decorate and Accentuate

Decorating with light can be as dramatic or as whimsical as you would like it to be. You can create your own jar lamps, or decorate your own lampshades. You could add solar powered lights to the outside of your home, or use small footpath lights to guide the way for visitors. The possibilities are endless. For a touch of whimsy, you can use creative cover plates, hanging globes, paper lanterns, DIY lamp shades, string lights, novelty lights, colored light bulbs and more. Be sure to read all safety instructions before you use a lighting fixture and have a professional electrician install them for you.  

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