In the busyness of everyday life, it's crucial to have a landing pad that promotes a positive mood, restful sleep, and productivity when needed. Lighting actually has quite the effect on all of these things! The hue, brightness, and placement of your interior lighting contribute to your mood and should be considered when choosing what kind of lighting you need for your home. As you think about the rooms in your home, take a moment to consider what the room is most frequently used for and how you can make it a better place for that activity.
Whether you drive to work every morning or walk to the next room, it's important that you have lighting that promotes productivity, also known as task lighting. Office lighting should be bright, blue light as this has this tends to keep you awake instead of putting you to sleep. When trying to complete important tasks, the last thing you want to do is surround yourself with low, warm lighting. Before you know it, your coworker will be tossing paper airplanes at you as you snore at your desk. Keep it bright and keep it blue!
A great many hours are spent in the kitchen as this is a multifunctional place that requires several different types of lighting.
Task Lights: It's safe to say that the kitchen is a busy place in your home, especially if you have a family. Task lighting is essential over the stove, counters, and sink depending on what natural lighting is available. Anywhere that you find yourself cooking or cleaning frequently is a good place to add task lighting.
Accent Lights: Accent lights are less for functional purposes and more to show off the aesthetic features of your kitchen. This could be on top of the cabinets, inside of cabinets, or any other place where you have architectural features that you want to be accented.
Ambient Light: While task lighting is important and accent lighting is pretty, it's crucial that you also have ambient lighting to light the rest of the room for all of your list-making, homework doing, and meal prep needs.
Your office and kitchen should promote productivity, but your living room should be a place where you can wind down for the evening. This means that bright, blue task lighting probably isn't the best choice for this room.
Ambient Lighting: The living room is one of the most important places to have ambient lighting. Extra points if you can dim the lighting as this can help you prepare your body for a night of rest. Keep the tones warm and dim when possible.
Lamps: Place some warm-toned lamps in areas where you may need some extra light to keep your living room functional, but still warm.
You want this room to be as cozy as possible. Avoid making your bedroom serve as your office with harsh lighting and a cluttered desk. Let your bedroom be a place of rest when possible.
You probably spend a great deal of your time in your home, so it's important to make it a space that is both functional and restful. Experience incredible productivity in your kitchen, downtime in your living room, and deep rest in your bedroom. Your body and brain will thank you.