With the right lighting, a home can be completely transformed. At Beginning to End Interiors & Blinds, we have over 20 years of experience in interior design and window treatments. We know what makes a home stand out and are here to help you from beginning to end in designing the home of your dreams. If you are looking to change or add lighting to your home, we’ve compiled a list of ways to do it beautifully.
If you’re lucky enough to have a home with lots of windows, use natural light to your advantage. There is nothing like natural light in the morning or afternoon to uplift your mood, however, we know natural light can be harsh if totally exposed. If you want to have better light control, consider our Hunter Douglas Shadings. What’s great about shadings is that they come with a sheer fabric that diffuses strong light coming in but doesn’t completely block it out.
For example, Silhouette® Window Shadings have been a leader in the window treatment industry for over 25 years because of their amazing design. A fabric vane sits between two sheer fabrics and can be opened or closed depending on how much light and privacy you desire. These, along with our Pirouette® and Luminette® sheers and shadings would make a great addition to any home with heavy natural light.
For rooms that could use extra lighting, there are countless ways to add light to your home. For living rooms, the concept of layering light is the way to go. Layering light essentially means having a wide range of lights accessible and in different fashions. This can be achieved by bouncing light off the ceiling, using linear lights behind bookshelves or entertainment centers, adding table or floor lamps, and accent lighting. If your home has statement pieces or art, accent lighting can be a great way to highlight those items while also providing another source of light.
Kitchens are the main source of entertainment in most homes and great lighting can be a gamechanger. Most of the work in the kitchen happens at the counters and sink so you want to be sure to add plenty of light over those areas. A lighting plan that is tried and true is having a central, ceiling light fixture providing ambient light combined with under cabinet lighting, soft lighting over the sink, and a hanging light over the island or table. To take your design up a notch, add in dimmers and your kitchen is sure to be one of your favorite rooms in the house.
Your home office is a sacred space and you want to create an environment you want to work in. This is why the right lighting is key. The most important thing to consider when adding lighting in your home office is to avoid reflections in your screens. If you can add a chair in a corner to take advantage of natural light from a window, do it. And to be able to keep reading at night, place a floor lamp next to the chair.
These lighting tips and more are ways to create a welcoming, warm ambiance in your home. If you would like help in adding the right lighting to homes, our team would love to help you. Our showroom is conveniently located in Sarasota, FL if you would like to talk to us in person or we can come to you! Call us today to schedule an in-home consultation. We proudly serve Sarasota, FL and the surrounding areas.