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How to Light Up Your Home: 5 Tips to Create the Ultimate Cosy Glow




People often aspire to have an amazingly decorated home and on their way towards achieving their goal, they tend to completely forget about lighting. This is a huge oversight and needs to be taken care of immediately. One of the first things people notice upon entering a room is illumination. If we enter a well-lit room, our brain won’t register anything; however, a poorly-lit environment gets an instant negative reaction no home décor can ever save. We’ve all been raised to believe that a unique source of strong light is the way to go and that anything less would spoil our eyesight. Nevertheless, it’s safe to say that you can actually enjoy both cosy and high-quality lighting.

Different room, different lighting 


You would want to arrange lights in your rooms according to taste as well as purpose. Naturally, your study needs to be well-lit with desk lamps strong enough to support you when working or studying late. On the other hand, your bedroom and living room don’t need that kind of support. It’s quite natural to sort this according to use. Start with all the essentials such as nightstand lights, kitchen lighting, study and central lights for all the rooms.

The more the merrier 


Don’t be afraid to add several different lamps and lights in one room. Rooms that are supposed to be cosy, such as your living room or bedroom, should have many different sources of light. Asymmetry is very pleasing in this area, so go ahead and buy all sorts of strange-shaped lamps and bulbs and don’t worry about pairing them up. Once you scatter them across the room, they’ll fit in with the rest of the furniture and they will look absolutely amazing.


While you want decentralized lighting for relaxation, you also need to be practical. Sometimes you’ll just need to see the entire room well while not being bothered with an infinite number of switches. This is why each room in your house still needs a central light. However, you should introduce dimmer switches that will enable you to dictate the mood of the room easily whenever you like it. Of course, anything electricity-related should be handled by professionals. This issue is taken rather seriously in Australia where safety measures have been updated recently. So, if you contact a competent Sydney electrician to do your wiring, you won’t have anything to worry about.

Use natural light 


Don’t forget to use what has already been given to you – natural light. A mixture of artificial and natural light is usually not a good idea. This is why you need to pay special attention to your home’s lighting during the day. Think about your windows and the arrangement of your furniture. Reading and dining, for instance, are activities people love doing under natural light, so try to use this source of light and adjust your room arrangement thusly.


Fluorescents out 


Generally speaking, cosy and fluorescent don’t complement each other. Fluorescent lights are most often associated with offices and classrooms. They cause our eyes to tire more quickly and they can even be headache-inducing. This is something you probably don’t wish for any room in your home. So, forget about fluorescent and focus on warmer lights that are emitted through LED bulbs with lower wattage, for instance.

These are some basic rules you need to follow when illuminating your home. Don’t be afraid to experiment. It’s your house and it should suit your taste and your desires, so you’re the perfect person to choose and place all these sources of light and combine them into a whole. Try different things and see what you like. Don’t forget that you can use different combinations of the same light sources for various moods and effects. Most importantly, nothing is irreparable, so if you decide you no longer want a lamp or two, you can always replace them easily or simply remove them.

Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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