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Clever Ideas For Improving Home Lighting

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It's not difficult to spend a small fortune on home decor and furniture. But one of the biggest improvements you can make is something many people don't even consider: lighting in the home. Great lighting can make all the difference to your house, and it can bring out all your favorite pieces, add a serious amount of luster, and even improve your mood. Here are a few simple but smart ideas for improving your home lighting.

The Basics
First of all, there are many different sources of light you can install in your home, and there are some specifics you should try to include in every room. It's a good rule of thumb to have three or four different light sources in every room. General lighting - such as your overhead and main lights - are vital, of course. You should also have specific lightings, such as desk lamps or reading lights. There are ambient lights to consider, too - you can use candles, for example, or decorative lamps. Finally, don’t forget about natural lighting it’s one of the single most important sources of light in your home, and we are going to take a closer look right now.

Open Up Window Space
If you are lucky enough to live in a naturally bright and airy home, all you need to do to improve your natural lighting is make sure your windows are clean. However, if your house is dull and dark, it might be necessary to consider some renovations. Swap out small window spaces for a custom window replacement that is large enough to let in more light. Consider skylights, too. And you can also replace walls with glass or knock down walls if your budget allows for it.

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Install Dimmer Switches
One of the cheapest and most effective ways of improving the lighting in your home is to install dimmer switches. It gives you instant control over the main lights in your home, from living spaces to bathrooms. And it also means that whether you need the brightest lights for cleaning or the dimmest for a romantic dinner, you have everything you need from one single source.

Layer Your Lights
Dotting lamps at different levels can create amazing lighting effects in every room. While you don’t want to overdo it, there are a few things you can consider. Place lamps with different strengths of bulb at various heights around your rooms and you can end up with something incredibly atmospheric, relaxing and cozy . You can even use colored shades or bulbs to add an extra level of warmth (reds and oranges) or coolness (blues and jade greens).

Create A Focus
Finally, spotlights can be a great addition to your home, particularly if you have a beautiful feature in a room that deserves highlighting. Creating a focus like this with spotlights can frame or center on a fireplace, or perhaps a little reading nook in the corner.

Do you have lighting tips to share? Add them in the comments section below.

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