If you plan on moving to a new home this summer, you will have the option to start fresh with your lighting design. With furniture completely removed or slowly being integrated, you can start to visualize how your home will come together.
When you're moving furniture around or building a blueprint for your interior design, you have a great opportunity to see how your current lighting will work with your furniture and décor. At this point in time, you can also invest in new light fixtures to match your home.
Here are a few tips to help you get a fresh start on your lighting design:
Know Your Wall Paint
Moving gives people the perfect time to coat the walls with new paint, and, whether or not you decide to do this, you have to think about the room's lighting. To start, lighter colors are going to bounce natural light around more effectively. Cream and eggshell colors move bright light around, but going too white can cause intense fixtures to become even more luminous.
Before you choose your paint, know how your home's light fixtures will work with the color. You can even do this by taking paint swatches to the lighting department of a hardware store to see exactly how each color looks under certain lights. Whatever you can do to judge the paint color with your artificial light is best.
Measure the Room
It's important to measure your light fixtures and the space of the room where they will be used. Each floor lamp, desk lamp, ceiling fan light or wall sconce needs to be adjusted properly in the room to give the right amount of light.
You can measure the distance of your furniture from fixtures so you know exactly where your lights can go. This will allow you to space your lighting appropriately and not end up with a floor lamp pushed in a corner where there's no use for it.
Use LED Light Bulbs
Moving gives you the chance to start anew, and a habit you should get into is saving on your energy bills. This can be done by using LED light bulbs throughout your home to save money and worry less about replacing the bulbs months down the line.