With the pandemic limiting our daily lives, our focus has been drawn towards our home spaces. We’ve quickly become aware of how important it is for our homes to be both comfortable and beautiful. Psychologically our brains need a place to relax and recharge. All the elements in your home from furniture, paint, materials, decor – including lighting – should have the purpose of creating happy feelings. Lighting is an area of your home that is often underrated in the impact that it can have. Use this time at home to spruce up your lighting and see what a great impact it can have on your whole family.
Lighting as a Design Focal Point
You can either use lighting functionally or as a focal point. Functionally you use lighting because you need to be able to see in the dark. This has been the building block of lighting for as long as the industry has been around. It’s just recently that we’ve become to think of lighting as a DESIGN feature. You can create a glamorous, modern feel by using crystals and glass or you can create a more relaxed vibe using wood accents. There are so many styles and designs that you can easily feel overwhelmed by the choices. Often you should start thinking about fixture design by determining what mood you’d like to set in your space. Also consider the style and age of your home as well as the currently materials and furniture in it. These all work together to set the stage (and mood) for your home to express itself.
Circling back to the issue of focal point, many trends in the recent years have been towards bolder fixtures. These fixtures tend to be unique in color, shape and materials. Even the light bulbs have gotten an upgrade with the advent of LED filament bulbs. These bulbs are clear and have the filaments illuminated just like the style of the original Edison bulbs. Style and function are definitely a win!
Technology at Your Fingertips
It’s no surprise that technology advances greatly each year – if not daily. The lighting industry is no exception. You can now easily purchase recessed lights and bulbs that can be controlled from an app on your phone or a smart device such as Amazon Alexa, iphone’s Siri or other smart hub. You can also choose the temperature (color) of your lighting based on your mood that day or set timers for when the lights turn on and off. The options just keep mounting for homeowners to be able to customize their lighting and home.
Get the Knowledge You Need to Choose
While the internet is a great resource for shopping and researching, sometimes it can be tough to know where to start. The best place for advice is still a LIVE PERSON who truly wants help you. While life may feel impersonal at times, it doesn’t mean that we don’t need that in-person support – lighting included. I encourage you to shop local (with all safety procedures in place) and let a lighting expert guide you in the right direction and get the information you may not have known you needed. The right information will lead you to the right choice – for lighting and life.