While most people think decorating is just about picking out the appropriate furniture and décor to enhance the overall appeal of their home, there is actually even more to take into consideration. Lighting, for instance, is one of the most favored tools of an interior decorator, not just because of its practicality, but, if used correctly, it helps create a specific mood within a room, too. Here are some great tips and secrets that professional designers use when decorating with lights.

Using Different Types of Lights

When you begin decorating, you’ll probably start off with the overhead lights, which can often make a room seem cold. If you want to enhance a certain aspect of the room, or bring some dramatic effects into your space, try using lamps or even chandeliers. These types of lights will draw the eye to certain focal points, and create a soft glow of light within a room; something difficult to achieve with overhead lighting alone. The practical benefits of lamps are they can be used as reading lamps, and they make a room appear warmer with the right bulb.

Soft Lighting to Calm The Senses

Harsh lighting can be just as hard on the senses, especially when a person comes home after a long day at the office and is bombarded with retina-frying light. Lighting should be used to give a person a sense of calm, and this can be achieved through soft lighting. You will also benefit from this when it’s bedtime. Soft lighting helps create a state of relaxation, which helps you feel sleepy and get a good night’s sleep.

Using Natural Light to Your Advantage

Professional interior decorators know how beneficial using natural light can be in a home. So, when making your own choices, you should take some time to learn how to use the right lighting options, too. Natural light is generally softer on the eyes, and it warms the inside of a room during the winter. By combining sources of natural light with the appropriate lighting options for evening, you can enhance the overall appeal of your home without spending beyond your budget. In order to use natural light to your advantage, it’s a good idea to place furniture, such as reading chairs, in the areas where light filters in during the day. By arranging your furniture this way, other sources of light will not have to be used when you utilize the space, like when you sit down to read a good book. This has financial benefits, as well as aesthetic advantages, too.

Adding an Element of Intrigue To a Space

The shadows created by light allow the room a more textured look, and this makes any space more interesting. Another great decorating tip for avid home decorators is using the combination of mirrors and light, to ensure the outcome is amplified. There are so many ways to use light to your advantage that it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices.  But, it’s actually as simple as putting your ideas into action.

Leslie Sarmiento,
“Your Personal Interior Decorator” Interior designer, published author, speaker… and lover of beautiful spaces!

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