The right lighting can make your home feel like a warm, inviting place to be. The wrong lighting can easily make you feel like you are living in a hospital room. Placement, style and even the type of bulb chosen are all key factors in finding the right lighting to transform your home into a relaxing oasis.
The proper placement of light fixtures is important to creating a functional space for your needs. If you like to read in bed at night, an adjustable bedside lamp that can be angled just right will enhance your space. Floor lamps tucked into dark corners or along each side of your sofa can completely change the feel of a room. If you have a fireplace as the focal point of the room, consider matching floor lamps for each side.
Your lamps should complement your existing décor. If your furniture is very traditional and you choose contemporary floor lamps, your décor will feel off-kilter. We recommend staying within your chosen color scheme, but if you find a lamp you love, remember that the floor lamp shade can usually be changed to work with your existing palette. Arc floor lamps are a classic look that have been redesigned for just about every taste and style.
Scale is important too; the lamp size should be appropriate for its location. Don’t try to put an oversized lamp on a small sofa table. In that scenario, a floor lamp next to the sofa would be a better choice.
Type of Bulb
There are many choices when it comes to light bulbs for lamps, and each has their own pros and cons.
- Incandescent –Standard bulb; warm flattering light; dimmable; inexpensive; not-energy efficient
- CFL – Extremely energy efficient; produces a very bright light; not dimmable; higher in cost than incandescents, but generally pay for themselves within 1 year
- LED – Even more energy efficient than CFLs and last up to five times longer; some are dimmable; light doesn’t spread as well as with an incandescent
The long-term cost and energy savings of CFLs and LEDs are undeniable and they’ve come a long way. Choosing an LED bulb labeled “soft or warm white” and “dimmable” will give you the same light quality as a traditional incandescent bulb and you won’t have to change it for decades! For a brighter, more energizing space, CFLs are best.
With these expert tips, you’ll be able to find the perfect lighting to suit your home and your style. Stop by any of our store locations in Indianapolis and Indiana for more lighting inspiration or visit us online at www.theroomplace.com to shop our complete lighting collection from the comfort of your home.