When moving in a new apartment or during the renovation of your home, there is a component that should never be taken for granted: the choice of lights and lamps and, in general, the correct lighting.
The concept of “correct” lighting varies based on the types and color of the furniture, the ceiling height, the amount and wideness of the windows, therefore the quantity and direction of natural light, and above all the type of room, its function and the tasks that are fulfilled in it.
I’m currently living in a flat in which the lamps and lights were already present when I moved in and I found some of them not appropriate in providing my space with the correct lighting. Based on my personal experience, I’d like to give you some tips for choosing the lights and lamps in order to avoid some of the mistakes that might be too late for me to fix.
1. Kitchen lighting
My current kitchen has very limited space with a counter close to the stoves and facing the wall. The main issue is not having the light from the right direction: the light bulb is always behind me when I prepare the ingredients, wash and cut the vegetables and so on and most of the time it’s a bit of a struggle. Even more so since I don’t own a dishwasher and I have to wash my dishes manually in a dim light. There is a small light (linked to a small vent) on top of the stoves but it’s not at all enough.
My tip? A Led under-cabinet light! This one is placed under the kitchen cupboard and it doesn’t come with a switch but it features a motion sensor, pretty useful in case your hands are covered in dirt or water. In the limited space, an additional pendant light bulb should be enough to properly brighten your room.
2. Bedroom lighting
Choosing lighting for the bedroom might be considered simple, but in my experience it can be quite tricky, since you should take even more in consideration the factors I mentioned at the beginning. If the ceiling is quite high it would be nice to have one of these chandeliers (if they are your thing) or some other kind of modern pendant lighting. They would be mostly for aesthetics and not for functionality. In this case, to have proper lighting you could opt for wall lights, like this Tamara wall light with LED arm: basically a light and a bedside lamp combined!
3. Bathroom lighting
In my opinion the bathroom is the less complicated room to illuminate: I’d go with led ceiling lights and an independent LED light on top of the mirror, better if dimmable to not disturb the eyes and avoid glares. PRO TIP: You can use the same dimmable LED light on the full body length mirror you could have in your bedroom! Proper lighting can save your life and reputation, especially if you’re a mixed pattern and colors lover. Better safe than sorry.
4. Living room lighting
If the living room features a dining table separated from the actual living space, the two sections should have different kind of lighting: like pendant lighting on top of the table to a pretty warm and cozy atmosphere and a dimmable LED light on the ceiling above the couch and the TV, just because the chandelier lights, if too low, can create inconvenience for the eyes. Also one of the essentials that shouldn’t be forgotten in the living room is a floor lamp next to the couch if you, like me, don’t have a proper desk and spend a lot of time laying on the couch reading, writing or studying.
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