Light is uplifting, it brings energy to us and our space. Without it, homes can feel grim and gloomy. While we do everything we can at Masterton to ensure your home is light filled, here are some extra tips to light up your life and your home.
#1 Let in the sun
Nothing is more uplifting or illuminating than the sun. That’s why our homes are always designed with large open plan living areas, big windows and flexible floor plans so you can optimise the solar orientation of your block. This will make your dwelling more comfortable to live in and more efficient to run. Other options when designing your floor plan include delineating space with room dividers instead of solid walls, including areas such as your home office or living room. Then all you have to do to let light in is throw back the curtains, open the blinds and keep your windows clean and free of finger marks.
#2 Lightbulb moment
With all the options out there, choosing lightbulbs can be confusing. Options include:
- LEDs (light-emitting diodes) – LED light bulbs, while often more expensive than other options, are highly energy efficient. Some bulbs can last up to 13 years! LEDs can also be decorative with ornamental filaments meaning you can make a feature of your bulbs which is especially effective with floor lamps or pendant lights.
- Halogens – Commonly used as downlights, halogen light bulbs produce powerful light, useful in areas like the bathroom or kitchen where you need to see clearly. These lights can be used with a dimmer meaning you can alter levels and mood, as well as being available in many colours or shapes.
- Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) – As their name suggests, these bulbs are fluorescent and designed to replace an incandescent light bulb. Some are designed to fit light fixtures however LEDs require less wattage.
- Smart lights – These lightbulbs allow you to control light via an app on your smartphone or tablet. It enables you to turn on lights remotely so you can be welcomed home or make it seem like someone is around when you’re away. It also allows you to create the right ambiance for any situation.
Lumens is the measure of how bright your lightbulbs will be and it’s important to tailor the lumens of your lights to your room. For example, a living room won’t require as bright a light as somewhere like the prep area of the kitchen. Similarly, colour temperature is also a consideration and refers to how warm a colour appears to the human eye. The three main colour temperature choices are:
- Daylight (5000K-6500K)
- Cool white – a bright white light (3500K-4100K)
- Warm white – a soft white light (2700K-3000K)
Hot tip: test each bulb at home before you buy the rest to decide what works for you
#3 Choose the right pendant lamp
Pendant lamps add warmth, colour and texture to a space as well as light. They can add a sculptural element to interiors as well. But where are the best places to hang them? Our picks include:
- Over a dining table
- Above the kitchen sink or island bench
- Hung as a reading lamps on either side of the bed
- At the end or in the middle of a long hallway
#4 Add interest with a floor lamp
A good floor lamp can brighten a room or direct light to an area where you need it most. They’re also about style and contribute to the décor of your room. They’re great in living areas where they can add ambience as well as be directed to tables or lounges as reading lamps.
#5 Fire it up
Fire is the oldest form of man-made lighting and creates an atmosphere that lamps and lights can’t compete with. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that watching fire and listening to it crackle relaxes people and can even help them sleep! With so many options these days for fireplaces, you don’t have to rely on firewood either with effective and efficient gas and ethanol options on the market.
#6 Candles all the way
Candles are an excellent source of mood lighting and create the perfect ambience in your home. They’re an integral part of your interior styling because of the way they look, the way they smell and the way they’re arranged.
#7 Mirror, Mirror…
It’s long been touted that mirrors can take a room from gloomy to glam and when it comes to adding light to a space, they can transform your interiors. You’ll need to ensure your mirror reflects a light source, so it will have to be placed adjacent to a window or hung behind a lamp. The larger the mirror the more light it will be able to reflect and bounce around the room.
If you would like to come and see the light filled interiors of our homes in person then make sure you head to one of our display centres.