We can all probably agree that the lighting in almost any room is fairly important. It can set the tone and mood for the space, making you feel everything from cozy to festive to chatty. But not all lighting will work for every room, and choosing the wrong lighting can have a huge impact on not just the feel but the practicality of a space.
Take bathrooms, for example. Any woman who’s gone into a bathroom to touch up her makeup can attest to the importance of lighting. If it’s very warm, your skin can start looking a bit Oompa Loompa-ish, and it’s hard to imagine how anyone could do her makeup in such a space.
On the other end of the spectrum, going into a bathroom where the light is so bright and white can be just as problematic. If it’s not as close to natural as possible, you can run into a similar problem. But this time, it’s upon walking out of the room when you’ll run into the Oompa Loompa issue.
The kitchen is another story entirely. Mood lighting is all well and good for this space, but you still want the functionality to make sure the light can be nice and bright. Otherwise, you’ll run into the hazard of not being able to see your finger while you’re chopping onions, and nothing wreaks like a trip to the emergency room that bad kitchen lighting.
The living room, on the other hand, provides you with a bit more flexibility with lighting. Take a look at your accent lamps. Are they the only source of light for the space? If so, do they provide enough light to do things in the room other than watch TV?
Personally, I prefer a living room lit solely by side lamps. I think it sets a more comfortable tone for the cozy space. With it being our entertainment area anyways, we like it darker.
Take a look around your house and check out your lighting. Don’t be afraid to play around with different bulbs and wattage as well, because those can really make a difference. But as long as you’re not looking like an Oompa Loompa, I say you’re already ahead of the curve.