When designing and decorating the interior of your home, there is a lot to keep track of, from the flooring to the walls to the fixtures to the airflow, the color scheme, the furniture itself… well, just about everything requires an eye for detail. Yet at a certain point, many homes begin to break down in terms of the choices being made about what is and is not included in the interior, and sometimes those things are some of the most important elements of home living.
We are talking, of course, about lighting. The kind of lighting you choose to use in your home, where you place it and how you use it, will define the mood and comfortable level, as well as the utility, of the home and of each and every room. Whether you’re using lamps from IKEA or fine artistic lamps such as those made by French glass artist Rene Lalique, it is important that you use those lamps correctly, lest they go totally unappreciated!
1. Living Room Lamps
Living room lamps aren’t just for light – they are in themselves decorations, and can be thought of as actual sculptures within the living room proper. This is one place where you are very likely to see the aforementioned artistic lamps. These lamps tend to be short enough to sit on a table and not be looked directly into when using them as a light source and looking across the room. They should be positioned every ten feet, give or take, and they should use fabric and semi-opaque paper to provide a warm glow that makes everything in the room look just that much better.
2. The Dining Room
The dining room doesn’t have to be lit by candles to be properly lit. In fact, without a ton of candles filling the room in the evening, how could anyone ever see their food, much less eat it?! No, dining room lamps generally use table lamps to fill out the light that overhead chandeliers can’t provide – light in corners and nooks and crannies that only a table lamp could provide. It’s a good idea for the base of these lamps to be smaller so that there is room on those tables for snacks, appliances, platters, and tableware, so that all of it is more accessible throughout the meal.
3. The Bedroom
With laptops, tablets, and the wireless web, we tend to spend more time in the bedroom than we previously did. As such, the bedroom isn’t just for reading a novel before bed anymore – the light is for getting some serious work and play done! The lamps in a bedroom should generally be high enough that they can shine down onto whatever you are holding in your hands, but not so high that they shine right into you or your partner’s eyes. Additionally, you should ensure that they are positioned to make room for whatever you want on your nightstand – you know how cluttered it can get with time!
Lamps are one of those things that we don’t really think of as we are designing and decorating the interior of a home or redecorating, as it were, yet they are also perhaps the most important part of setting a room’s mood, making yourself comfortable, and making a room useable in terms of sight and light. Don’t underestimate the power of a good, beautiful, well-made and well-positioned lamp!