Lighting is one of the most important features of any home. Choosing light fixtures for your remodel may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Keep reading for five tips to help you pick the best light fixtures for your newly remodeled space.
Understand Different Types of Lighting
Before you start choosing light fixtures for your remodel, take some time to get familiar with the three different types of lighting.
- Ambient lighting is the main source of light in a room, usually from an overhead or recessed light fixture.
- Task lighting provides direct light for specific tasks, such as scones for nighttime reading or a light fixture above a vanity mirror.
- Accent lighting is decorative lighting that enhances the architectural elements of the space or creates a focal point, such as a picture light above a piece of art.
In most spaces, one type of lighting usually isn’t enough. Creating a well-lit space often means incorporating a combination of two or three lighting types. In a kitchen, that could be an overhead fixture combined with task lighting above the sink. You could even throw in some accent lighting with sconces above open shelving.
Make a List
Now that you know the differences between types of lighting, it’s time to make a list. Walk through the space and determine where you need light fixtures and what kind you need. This is also a good time to make note of any electrical work that needs to be done to accommodate your lighting plan.
Measure Your Space
Getting the size right is important when choosing light fixtures for your remodel. The goal is to find a fixture that is big enough for the space and avoid any that look disproportionally small. To do that, you’ll need to do some measuring. For overhead fixtures, start by measuring the length and width of the room. Then add them together and convert the number to inches. For example, the ideal light fixture for an 8×10 room would be one that’s 18 inches wide.
Consider Light Fixture Styles
Flush mounts, chandeliers, sconces, pendants — when it comes to light fixture styles, the options are endless! Not to mention that are many sub-genres of styles, from modern to contemporary, and everything in between. Not sure what you’re into? Pinterest is a great place to get a feel for the styles you like. When you’re ready to make your selections, consider the overall design of the remodel and how the fixtures will complement or enhance the space.
Make It Work For You
Light fixtures are incredibly versatile and can add as little or as much style to your remodel as you desire. Want to add extra drama and wow factor? Choose a bold light fixture. Prefer to let other elements of the remodel shine? Keep it simple with clean lines and elegant shapes.
When you’re ready to start planning your remodel, be sure to reach out to the Andrus Built team. We’d love to help you reimagine your home!
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