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Making Light an Art Form in Your Home Décor
May 15, 2020

Learning to harness the power of light is one of the most powerful home decorating skills. Playing with light can change the emotion of a room, influence mood, and even make a space appear larger or smaller. But it’s not always easy to get light to play by your rules.

Here are some nifty tips anyone can use to incorporate light into their home décor, reviving the liveliness within their space.

Open concept farmhouse modern kitchen with industrial chandeliers, tile backsplash and a shiplap breakfast nook.
Open concept farmhouse modern kitchen with industrial chandeliers, tile backsplash and a shiplap breakfast nook.

Modern Chandeliers

Modern Chandeliers

Suspended lighting is common in dining rooms and kitchens, but many don’t know that these hanging lights are often the central focal point of the room. As such, your chandelier lighting should match the décor of the room and vice versa.

Your chandelier should also have some personality. Modern styles are far from the crystal hanging lights you have in mind. DIY vintage chandeliers and minimalist hanging bulbs are trending now. You can also play with interchangeable shades and modify the color throughout the year.

Neutral moroccan rug, white vase with pampas grass and soft gray curtains inside of a large boho bathroom.
Neutral moroccan rug, white vase with pampas grass and soft gray curtains inside of a large boho bathroom.

Filter with Curtains

Filter with Curtains

Curtains are the lampshades to nature’s bulb. If you use them effectively, you can control the effect natural light has on your space.

Lacey white curtains are a perfect way to keep a kitchen light and fresh, especially in a farmhouse kitchen.

Dining and living rooms benefit from softer light, so get rid of the blinds and add some double layer curtains. This will allow you to block more light on bright summer days while maximizing natural light in the winter.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

Too much overhead lighting can give your kitchen an overbright, sterile look (especially in dominantly white-colored kitchens). Instead, install under cabinet lighting. It illuminates the space you actually need to see and won’t be blocked by your shadow. It’s also easier on the eyes and gives the space a calm glow.

If installing under cabinet lighting is too big of a task, you can easily get the same effect with LED lighting. Adding a few strips of LEDs with no tools or hardware will update your kitchen lighting in minutes.

Terracotta and marble contemporary bathroom with gold trimmed circle mirror, pampas grass and large wicker basket.
Terracotta and marble contemporary bathroom with gold trimmed circle mirror, pampas grass and large wicker basket.

Multiply with Mirrors

Multiply with Mirrors

People who don’t have many windows often make the mistake of adding more lamps than they need, making their space seem even more cramped.

Strategically hanging a mirror can multiply the light in a room (natural or artificial) without taking up space. In fact, a mirror will make a room seem larger.

TIP: Mirrors pair wonderfully with chandelier lighting in a gathering space like a dining room.

TIP: Mirrors pair wonderfully with chandelier lighting in a gathering space like a dining room.

Proper lighting in your home isn’t just good for decorating, it’s also essential to your wellbeing. Get artsy with light in your home décor by using mirrors, color, curtains, and your own DIY ideas. We know it’ll brighten your day!