How To Incorporate Lighting Into Your Home For A More Modern Look

By on October 24, 2013

Decorating your home can be a fun and exciting process. You get to choose new paint color, flooring, and furniture to go with your room. However, one important feature in the room that is often left out of remodeling designs is the lighting. This omission is surprising since lighting can literally change the entire look and feel of your space. If you are remodeling your home with a more modern look, there are several simple changes you can make to any room’s lighting to tie the whole space together and give it a fresh, new look.

Living Room

Your living room area is probably used for several different purposes, including watching TV, entertaining, and reading. For this reason, it is a great idea to include a layer of lighting in this space. Table or desk lamps provide task lighting which is great for reading. However, track lighting across the ceiling or a line of beautiful pendant lights are great for providing full-lighting that is perfect for entertaining. When you are watching TV or the living room is not being used, recessed lighting on a bookcase or shelf, or even track lighting used to display a special piece of artwork will add to the ambience of the room.

Kitchen

The kitchen used to be used for primarily cooking but has become the hub of the house for many families. This in turn has caused the need for multiple lighting fixtures to be installed in this space. Under-the-counter lighting provides extra light needed when cooking and using the counter space. Pendent lighting works great over the kitchen island and provides extra lights for reading or doing homework.

Try installing three elongated pendent lights over the island in the kitchen for great lighting and a great look at the same time. Track lighting above cabinets is a perfect solution for when the kitchen in not being used.

Dining Room

For a more modern look, you can install a beautiful pendent light or a chandelier above the dining room table. Many homes used to include chandeliers with glitter and crystals. However, today the modern look is to install lighting above the table that has a unique architectural design. This will ultimately become the focal point of your dining room and will give the whole room a sleek and modern feel.

Bedroom

Many bedrooms are designed with romance in mind, so it is important that the lighting provide a romantic feel. Recessed lighting used behind the backboard of the bed can be the perfect touch to create the right romantic feel in the room. On the other hand, it is important to make the room functional as well. Beautiful wall scones on each side of the bed can help to provide you and your spouse the additional lighting you may need to read or use your laptop in bed.

Bathroom

The lighting in the bathroom area needs to be clear and bright. This will help you when applying your makeup, shaving, and putting in your contacts. Nice globe lighting works well in the bathroom. It provides a clean look and is bright enough to illuminate the entire room.

Entryway

The entryway is sometimes overlooked in people homes. However, it is important to remember that this will be the first space that people see when they enter your home. If you want to go with a modern look and feel, installing an Eichler pendent globe in your entryway is the perfect solution. These globe lights are usually white and provide a clean, yet elegant look.

Outdoor Space

Your outdoor lighting is just as important as your indoor lighting. The first thing you may want to install is sign lighting, such as outdoor gooseneck lighting, which will spotlight your house number. This will help people find your home better and looks great from a distance. Landscape lights can also be used to lite up walkways and stairways. This adds a subtle, yet beautiful look to your front walkway.

Lighting may seem like a small change to make in your home, but it makes a huge difference to the overall look and feel of any space. When going for the modern look, you want to stick with clear, crisp colors like white or stainless steel. This will provide an elegant look that fits in perfectly with any modern design.

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Jenna is the customer service representative at LoveItLighting, where she enjoys helping consumers and home designers get a fresh new look on their home design with custom lighting fixtures.

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