Every home has different light-related needs because every home has a different layout with more or less windows, and more or less shadowy corners.
So we thought we’d be so kind as to share with you some of the most common lighting mistakes, those of which you are probably making.
#1 RELYING ON ONLY ONE LIGHTING SOURCE
The key to good lighting is layering it at different heights. “Don’t rely on only one kind of light source. Mix a variety of overhead and floor or table lamps,” Alan Tanksley says. “Warm ‘pools’ of light draw people in and create intimacy.”
#2 USING OVERHEAD LIGHT THAT’S TOO BRIGHT
According to Barclay Butera, “there’s nothing worse than bright lights that make you feel like you’re onstage”. He recommends using dimmers and soft white bulbs in every room, including bathrooms, because “lighting shouldn’t wash down on you: It’s harsh and unflattering.”
#3 GOING OVERBOARD WITH RECESSED LIGHTING
Anthony Baratta says “use recessed lighting sparingly. Too many fixtures turn your ceiling into Swiss cheese!”. Plus, be mindful of where you place that kind of lighting.
#4 FORGETTING ABOUT DIMMERS
To Martyn Lawrence Bullard, “lighting is everything. It creates atmosphere, drama, and intrigue in a room. The easiest way to accomplish this is with a dimmer switch. I always use dimmers, even in the powder room!”.
#5 MISPLACED LIGHT SWITCHES
“We locate switches about 36 inches above the floor. That way they stay out of the way of the art on our walls. We put switches about 1½” to 2″ off the side of the door casing for the same reason”, Gil Shafer explains.
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