Life@Home – January 2022
Lighting is a fundamental element in any home’s design. Especially during the winter months when daylight is sparse, lighting can impact the function and feel of every room. We are sharing some of the top must-try lighting trends that will brighten and refresh your home.
1. Lighting as the focal point
Lighting typically plays a functional, background role when it comes to room design. Instead, try making your lighting the point of focus, or the jewelry of the room. Try oversized or geometric lighting fixtures in bigger rooms to help draw the eye upwards. If you are working with a smaller space, try multiple smaller pendants or unusual, bold lighting fixtures to help open the area.
2. Coloured Glass Lighting
Make a statement, even when the lights are turned off with coloured glass lighting. These flashy and fun fixtures show off your style while adding character to your room. The colourful or patterned glass fixtures are perfect to add to any room and give off a colourful glow to help set the ambiance and capture attention. If you are looking for an elegant look, try a simple clear glass light for a uncluttered, clean feel.
3. Statement Lamps
Floor or table lamps are a great method to add extra lighting and a décor element to any room. There are so many ways to accessorize any sized room with lamps while featuring your personal style. Try uniquely sculpted, fun textures, or bold pattern lamps that tie in with the room décor to refresh the space and add brightness. The best part about statement lamp is they can easily be upcycled, check out this easy DIY project on how to revamp an out-of-style lamp into your new décor piece.
4. Home Office Lighting
With everyone spending more time working from home, proper office lighting is more important than ever. Home office lamps must be functional, but they can also serve as a décor piece if chosen correctly. You can find everything from sleek industrial to small minimalistic, and even convenient tech designs. No matter your style there is a vast array of lamps for you. It is also important to consider the light temperature. You may opt for a bright white light to help increase visibility and focus throughout the workday. Or if you want a more comforting feel, try a warm light. Using a yellow light with a shaded lamp helps deflect direct light creating a cozy atmosphere or try a sun or salt lamp to help reduce anxiety and improve your mood.
5. Hidden Lighting
Hidden lighting is a great way to elevate the look and feel of any room. Highlight furniture or artwork in your home with invisible lights or add hidden lighting above or below cupboards for extra brightness or enhanced ambiance. This elegant lighting trend does not have to be expensive, check out these LED lighting strips that can be easily applied and even have colour-changing options to match the environment in any room.
6. Don’t forget the bulbs
Although lighting fixtures may be your main priority, it is important to correctly choose the accompanying bulbs as they can make or break your décor. The bulb’s brightness can determine the impression of every room. Use bright white bulbs in rooms like the kitchen, bathrooms, and garages to help increase the functionality. For bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms opt for warmer bulbs for a cozy ambiance. Smart bulbs are also a great investment that will save you time and money. You not only can control the lights from your smartphone or smart speaker, but you can also change the hue to match the atmosphere of any room. Some smart bulbs even double as speakers, delivering music anywhere in your home.
DIY Project: Pendant Lights
Pendant lighting is a must-try lighting trend, and it doesn’t have to be an expensive upgrade. Check out this easy, low-cost pendant light DIY to help refresh your home on a budget.
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Recipe: Healthy Carrot Cake
This perfectly moist and textured carrot cake is a healthy alternative that will still fulfill your sweet tooth cravings.
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