Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

How to Improve Your Home’s Decor

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

entrance-doorwaySimple Ways to Improve Decor in Your Home

People often put a lot of effort in decorating the house because you want to live in a beautiful and comfortable house. If you start to get bored of the decoration, you can always make it fresh and exciting by making little changes. It is essential that you feel happy and refreshed in your house. The decorations do not always have to be expensive because several affordable decoration ideas can make your place look beautiful.

Here are some useful décor ideas that will make your house look gorgeous.

Adding corner shelves:

If you have bare walls in the house and you are finding it annoying, then you can decorate the wall and add smart storage space by adding corner shelves. These are an excellent way of getting the storage space that you need. The corner is mostly considered dead spaces and often end up empty. By adding corner shelves, you will not just cover these dead spaces but get a good storage space. You can put your books and other decorations on these shelves.

dining-buffet-decorDecorating the front:

The front or entry is critical because it is responsible for creating the first image of the house. The front is the representation of your style, so it is important that you pay particular attention to it. Do not clutter the foyer space and try to maximize it. You can add little decorations such as baskets where you can put mail or house keys. You can also get a foyer sized table and put some beautiful flowers on it. The mirror is always an excellent addition to the foyer area.

Updating the furniture:

The best way of making the house look fresh is to upgrade the furniture with each season. You do not always have to spend a lot of money and buy new furniture to refresh the look. The affordable and best way of changing furniture for different seasons is used covers. They are available in an extensive variety of colors, materials, styles and designs. You can experiment with different colors and options before finding the best one and most suitable one.


Enhance Your Home with the Right Outdoor Lighting

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

outdoor-lighting5 Popular Types of Outdoor Lighting

The outdoor light is useful for not only improving on the aesthetics of the home and garden, but also to keep it safe and secure.

No matter the size of the patio, balcony or garden, there are a wide range of lights to instantly transform the space to make it that much more welcoming.

Here are a few of the most popular types and styles of the outdoor light:


The task lights are a practical choice for installing at entrance points to front porches, sheds, garages, etc. They give a useful amount of illumination to make it that much easier to enter and leave a property.

One of the most attractive styles to install above the front door is the lantern wall light which has a very inviting and stylish look. Also, the flush fitting wall lights give similar illumination, but are more cost-effective and great for installing above the back or side doors.


Floodlights are a useful option to give a little extra illumination to the outside seating areas, steps, driveways and paths. Alternatively, the deck lights can help to mark out a pathway.


Accent lights are the best option to add a touch of drama and atmosphere to the garden. They are a nice way to highlight a water feature, sculpture, pond, certain plants or other focal points outside.

A single accent light placed under foliage or near a favorite feature gives a focused and intense beam, while a light placed either side of the feature creates the more flattering and soft effect.


Floor Lamps Can Make a Room Pop

Friday, February 17th, 2017

floor-lamps-lightingFunctional and Decorative – Floor Lamps Can Make a Space Pop

Make sure that the floor lamp is at least 68 inches tall; this way whether standing or sitting the shade will hide the bulb and keep it from looking tacky. With correct placement, light can be evenly distributed throughout any room.

What Type is Needed?

Whether there’s a need to brighten up a random space with overall brightness there is a floor lamp for that. On the flip side, one may be searching for some mood lighting, or focused lighting for a favorite reading spot.

When it comes to ambient lighting one will want to choose an upward facing globe style, for directional lighting near a desk or to accent a space a lamp with a shade is best, and it should be opaque.

It’s also best to be sure a lamp is proportionate to the room it’s being placed in, or the furniture it will be close to. Being visually appealing is just as important as having ample light.

home-lightingTypes of Floor Lamps to Choose From

There are several types of floor lamp, and knowing the names and styles before shopping will make things much easier. Below are the various styles for consideration.

Console – This is the basic style, however they are typically just referred to as floor lamps and not console. They will have a round base and feature a cloth or globe shade.

Torchiere – More lavishly presented, the torchiere is usually around six-foot tall and features a bowl-shaped shade that casts light upward. Since the light reflects off of the ceiling this is a perfect choice for indirect lighting.

Arc – The Arc floor lamp features a bent pole making it perfect for a reading space. Place them by a single chair or couch for the best effect.

Swing Arm – The Swing Arm features a triple-joint that allows the user to direct light wherever they please be it vertically or horizontally.

Track Tree– Three or more sockets branch off of a single pole on the track tree floor lamp. The sockets are housed in interesting globes or shades in various colors and styles. This adds a very fun element to any room.

Tray – Tray floor lamps feature the classic console style with a built in tray for anyone that wants to save floor space and forego an end table.


Home Lighting Design Trends 2015

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

home-staging-kitchenCurrent Home Lighting Trends

You walk into the lighting section of any home improvement store and are quickly overwhelmed with the number of options available when it comes to lighting the interior and exterior of your home.

Experts know the best tips for lighting that can provide both enough wattage for what you are doing and be flattering at the same time. They also know home lighting trends.

Let’s begin by outlining the different kinds of lighting for each main room of the home.

Kitchen. They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is also a gathering place when company is over. When preparing meals, it’s important to have proper lighting. The key in the kitchen is to focus primarily on the overhead lighting. Additionally lower light sources (think under-cabinet lighting) can shed more direct light onto work surfaces.

beach-kitchen-design-fabric-shadesDining Room. The best tip for this room is to illuminate the table so that it is the brightest location in the room. You’ll find that in the majority of homes utilize a chandelier light fixture. Lighting experts suggest not going any higher than 100 watts total on the fixture. If a sideboard is in the room, then matching sconces can add great lighting features to the space. Pendants are popular over island seating or alternatively recessed light can also provide the same basic effect.

hardwood-flooring-careLiving Room. Lighting this room will vary a little bit more from one home to the next. For the most part, you want to use the general rule of thumb which is to light three out of the four corners. One of these lights should be directed towards an object that you want to stand out in the room. Some homeowners like to feature a particular piece of artwork whereas others may point it at a chair or other favorite decorative element. Floor and table lamps can also be utilized in the living room space to add additional reading or task lighting.


Ideas for Your Home Lighting

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

home-lighting-floor-lampsHome Lighting Tips and Ideas!

by Urvin Tandon

Investing in interior decoration is not enough. You need to couple the décor with the right type of lighting as well to impress your guests and visitors. Some people think that choosing lighting is easy. But this is not entirely true. First things first, you need to understand the importance of choosing the right lighting. The primary purpose of lighting is to help people see. However, the right type of lighting can also be a mood changer. For example, you and your wife have had a tussle in the morning and want to say sorry in the evening, dim the lights and set the mood to impress your partner with a little bit of wine.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind when choosing lighting solutions for your home:

mcgann-furniture-store-home-design-accentsKeep in mind the natural lighting

All houses have a certain amount of natural light and ventilation. While investing in lighting solutions, take into account the natural light coming into your home. If you have chosen the right home, chances are you will save considerably on the lighting solutions.

The number of electrical points in the house

Investing in lighting solutions is just one part of the story, you will also need to get them fixed, wouldn’t you? Therefore, while buying lighting solutions, think of the number of electrical points that your house has. In fact, get a survey and find out the number of points that you can add to the existing connections.