Your home is ready for an update. One of the best places to start is the lighting. Dollar for dollar, updating your lighting will give you the best bang for your buck. Not only will your home look nicer because of the updated fixtures, but the lighting itself will create a new, refreshed look. Plus, it’s much less expensive than remodeling or buying new furniture.
Start with the Most Prominent Rooms
If your goal is to update your home’s lighting, start with the light fixtures that guests will see – kitchen, great room, foyer. While changing the lighting in your bedroom may be called for, it’s a room that most guests won’t see and therefore, can’t appreciate updating. For the biggest impact stick with the most prominent fixtures.
Remember Purpose When Choosing New Light Fixtures
Don’t forget, there are different kinds of lighting for different areas of your home. You don’t want to make the mistake of replacing a light fixture whose purpose is to provide the main lighting in a room with a light that isn’t strong enough to do the job. Maybe you really like the look of that frosted globe, but will it diminish the light that emits?
Always keep purpose in mind. Task lighting should be bright, accent lighting can be softer. Also think about where the light will shine. Some light fixtures shine straight down, while others will spread light in a wide path. Think about what you want the light to do before making your decision.
Top Lighting Trends to Look For in 2018
So what kind of lighting should you look for to give your home a new, modern look? Try these beautiful lighting ideas:
Bookshelves flanking the fireplace are also great places to add a can light for emphasis.
Wall sconces look great in a dining room alongside a mirror or in a great room above the mantel.
The lighting fixture is out of sight, but the soft glow gently brightens the perimeter of the room without overwhelming.
Under cabinet lighting makes great task lighting in a kitchen.
Rubbed bronze is becoming the go-to finish appearing in upscale decor. Although polished nickel finishes are great for a more glamorous look.
A sparkling crystal chandelier and coordinating wall sconces cast ambient light throughout a room.
Whatever your style, from rustic, to modern, to French country, there’s a lighting style to match. Simply choose the light fixtures that fit your kitchen’s style and your lifestyle needs.
TIP: Change bulbs to change intensity or add a dimmer to the switch. (Make sure you buy light bulbs capable of dimming. Not all kinds are dimmable so pay attention to the packaging.) If you’re buying LED lights, use this LED buying guide.