If you don’t have the proper lighting, the answer to that question is probably yes. Entire books have been written about choosing lighting for your home, so I can’t cover everything you want to know in this post, but I would like to ‘shed some light’ on the subject.
Most of us don’t give lighting enough credit for the vital part it plays in our homes. We only want illumination when we flip a switch or turn a knob. How often do we think about how it affects the overall appearance of our home? Actually, it plays a pretty important role. It sets the tone for the room. Too little light and a room will seem dark and gloomy. Too much light and it feels garish or sterile. So how do we know the best way to light up our lives?
How Much Lighting Does a Room Need?
When deciding how much light is needed in a room, use a simple formula. Just multiply the length of the room by the width of the room, and then multiply that answer by l.5. For instance, if your living room is 15x20, multiply 300 by 1.5. That tells you you need at least 450 watts to provide sufficient illumination in the room. If you have a specific area where you need stronger task lighting, multiply the area of that surface by 2.5. A 3x5 desk will need 375 watts to light the entire workspace efficiently. Of course, that is a rule of thumb. If you want more light in a room, add an extra lamp or two. For moodier lighting, use a dimmer switch or lower watt bulbs.
Let’s Talk about Lamps
There are light fixtures and there are lamps. Because we can’t cover everything today and lamps are a fun, affordable way to add style to your room, we’re going to focus our attention there. Lamps can go almost anywhere. You can tuck one away in a hidden corner or place them front and center. Choose a lamp as a harmonious blend with your other furnishings or let a lamp make a bold fashion statement. There are thousands of styles from which to choose. The hard part is narrowing your decision down to the ones perfect for your home.
Are you a traditionalist who admires classic lines and materials? This set of four traditional bronze lamps would add an air of elegance and time-honored style to your living room and it’s only $129.95 for all four lamps. You see, it doesn’t cost a fortune to light your home in style. You can find lamps in a wide variety of price ranges. There’s bound to be something special that fits your budget.
Maybe you have a mid-century modern home and want to give a nod to the era when your house was new? There’s any number of ways you can use lighting to accomplish the job. How about adding a splash of color with this Kito yellow table lamp for only $59.91? Or you might prefer this Holtkoetter Glow Floor Lamp that contributes a distinctive air of sophistication to your décor. The price of this gorgeous lamp is a little
steeper at $959.91. Another fun way to bring the flavor of the 50’s into your home is with original lamps from the decade. You will have to search, and they may need some simple refurbishing, but lamps from the era are still available. Discover vintage lamps at online specialty stores, hiding in a thrift shop or at a flea market or auction. It’s a challenge, but the hunt is half the fun and it’s worth the effort to find the perfect lamp for your home. You just might stumble on a real bargain in the process.
Another fun way to bring the flavor of the 50’s into your home is with original lamps from the decade. You will have to search, and they may need some simple refurbishing, but lamps from the era are still available. Discover vintage lamps at online specialty stores, hiding in a thrift shop or at a flea market or auction. It’s a challenge, but the hunt is half the fun and it’s worth the effort to find the perfect lamp for your home. You just might stumble on a real bargain in the process.
Of course, contemporary fans, there are loads of styles for you to consider. This 3-in-1 torchiere floor lamp is from the Metro Collection and sells for $299.99. The style it brings to your room is priceless. Or maybe this blue spiral desk lamp will add the futuristic flair you’ve been hoping to create. It’s available for $139.99.
Contemporary lighting can add an updated look to any room. If you can’t afford to replace the major furniture pieces, try bringing in some sleek, modern lamps. It’s a great way to add up-to-date finesse to any room.
If you want to create a conversation piece, reveal one of your passions, or just show off your flair for fun, whimsical lamps are a great way to reach your goal. There are lamps suited for everyone in the family. Score lamps that will make big points with your sports fans or light up the smiles of little ones with lamps designed just for kids. Of course, teens and baby boomers alike love lava lamps. These fascinating, undulating lamps are back on the market and affordably priced. This colorful accent piece is $79.99, but you can find other selections for less.
Whimsical lamps are a great way to play up a theme, too. If you want a cabin feel, a nautical flair or the aura of a garden party, you’ll find lamps that help set the tone. This adorable little lamp features flip-flops and a beach ball. Doesn’t it make you feel like you’re spending the day at the shore? You can add it to your lighting collection for $104.91.
One Final Tip
If you can’t afford to replace your lamps, a budget friendly way to freshen up a room is to replace the lamp shades. By using your original bases and new shades, you’ll add a chic new flavor to your room. Just be sure to measure the old shade, so you know what size new shade you need.
Don’t let people see your home in a bad light. Lighting is an effective way to set the tone or create the ambience you desire. Put it to work for you and you’ll soon be feeling radiantly luminous.