Proven Techniques For Powerfully Enhancing Lighting In Your Home'

 While humans have five senses (or more, depending on who you ask), sight is dominant. When most of us remember something, we activate the visual cortex - the part of the brain associated with processing visual information. It's scenes and pictures that we recall the most, followed by smells and sounds. 

For that reason, the quality of lighting in your home is essential. The better you can make it, the more comfortable and happy you'll feel in your four walls. 

Good lighting usually constitutes three parts: accent, task, and ambient. The idea is to create a light environment to suit your particular setting. Home offices and kitchens need plenty of task light to allow you to clearly see what you're doing. Ambient lighting is better for situations where you don't need to concentrate so much. 

Hide Your Light Sources

The idea of hiding your light sources might seem a little strange, but it is well worth doing. Putting bulbs in recessed areas can offer a powerful visual effect. Brightness seems to emanate naturally, so it feels less artificial. Plus, you can get your lighting to emphasize particular architectural styles. For instance, a lot of homeowners put lights in recessed alcoves near rafters to illuminate roofing elements. 

Use Contrast

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In some situations, the goal of lighting isn't functional. Instead, designers use it to create a striking contrast between one part of the room and another. Some of these effects are purely theatrical - and that's okay. But you can also see them as a way of introducing areas of quiet reflection in your home. Sometimes, you can make innovative use of shading to create interiors with bright, sun-like areas surrounded by near-complete shadow. 

Add Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is one of the easiest things to get right in any room, simply because it is so gentle. The biggest problem you'll face, according to SALT Light & Electric, is the wiring. Often you won't have the physical hardware in place to create compelling ambient lighting solutions. In this case, you'll have to hire professionals to put the infrastructure in place first before you add fittings. 

Once you're able to bring ambient lighting into your home, you have a tremendous array of options for what to do next. Modern ambient lighting typically seeks to replace generic white light with different colors. Most people stick with fire-colored options, like yellow and orange, but there is no reason you can't create a space of your choosing.

Add Accent Lighting

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Accent lighting is a tried-and-tested method for improving the lighting situation in your property. Instead of having a single light dangling from the ceiling, you add multiple sources of light to your rooms. 

For instance, table lamps tend to work well in living rooms with lots of furniture in them. Special hanging lights above the kitchen table can also make a substantial difference, as can portrait-illuminating lights for paintings. 

Where possible, try to add accent lighting so that it reflects other elements in your roof. Putting a lamp on marble or next to a mirror can make a big difference. 

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