First, there are two key rules you REALLY have to follow:
1- Use a Mix of lighting sources at different levels in order to achieve a flattering ambience;
2- You’ll need fitting task lighting for whatever you’ll do in a specific space (reading, getting dressed, relax)
We can start in the Living Room:
The way you place your lamps in your living room says a lot about your home lighting. The key is to light three or four corners of your room, focus one of them on an object (a painting, a plant, a chair, an art piece). That way you will attract people’s attention to some specific points and give the room a confortable and piece sensation.
Our suggestion is making use of a combination of table lamps and floor lamps, some of them with a downward glow and the others with a upward shine. Allow for reading in as many seats as possible with down-glowing lamps on three-way switches.
In this room, the star has to be the table. Use a chandelier or a pendant above it, and we recommend not using lamps above 100 Watts. Besides that, make some use of indirect modern lighting as a pair of small table lamps on a sideboard, or matching wall lamps on the wall above.
Focus on ceiling lamps and complement it with lower lighting sources to illuminate work surfaces. Make use of pendants, under-cabinet lights ou even a sturdy table lamp!
The intention is achieving a cozy atmosphere. Place reading lamps at bed sides ( but be careful to not point them at it). If you have recessed or track fixtures, angle them away from the bed, toward the dressing area. If you dressing area is in the same space of your bed you should have some ceiling spotlights.
The best choice for applying makeup is sidelights, such as a pair of sconces flanking the mirror. An overhead light helps fill in any shadows on your face and also fully illuminates the room (important when cleaning). In a large space, you might also want a light directly over the shower.
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