Everything in your new home is just perfect. You’ve got just the right paint color chosen for every room. You’ve looked at dozens of fabric samples and have the perfect sofa on order. Your curtains are going to tie the room together. Now it’s time to set the mood with lighting.
Lighting is so important to the look and feel of your home. It’s a crucial detail that can have a big impact on everyday living. From essential overhead lighting (now, where did I leave my keys?) to romantic accent lighting around the pool area (ooo, so soothing.)
Unpacking the science of lighting helps simplify decision-making when considering light design. It’s not just about how fresh and modern your fixtures look, it’s also how the lighting functions that makes a difference.
For example, in the bathroom, consider how to use lighting to your advantage. Situate the room’s light fixtures to shine on your face in the mirror and not directly overhead. What is the most flattering for the room’s decor? Does color variation matter? What about the temperature of the lights? Do they get too hot?
Consider the way in which the bulbs are manufactured when making a final decision on your lighting infrastructure. LED lights last longer and maintain a temperature much lower than conventional lights. How often a bulb needs changing is also important to consider, especially when installing hard to reach fixtures.
A little lighting can go a long way.
Accent lighting can add depth and texture to your interior design. Wall sconces or floor lamps can illuminate a hallway and eliminate the need for harsh, overhead lighting. You don’t have to sacrifice design for safety.
Bring out the color and natural beauty of your patio, garden or outdoor oasis with strategically-placed accent lights. Create a serene, backyard getaway by utilizing light design elements. You may never want to go back inside when your outdoor space looks this good.
Add functionality to your furniture.
There are so many new products and gadgets to make your life easier. Imagine the comfort and convenience of having the overhead light switch in the master bedroom built right into your nightstand. Or the energy-friendly security of motion sensor lights that trigger when you enter the laundry room, and click off when you’ve moved on to another part of the house. How cool is that?
We’re immersed in the latest lighting tech design as part of The NEXTadventure™ Home, a project that showcases the most exciting things in interior design, all inspired by folks 55 and better. Show us your illuminating light design ideas on Twitter at @taylor_morrison. . We’d love to know what you’re up to. Watch the progress of The NEXTadventure™ Home using #nextadventurehome.