How to Create a Perfect Lighting Plan

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An interior lighting plan is essential for creating the right amount of illumination for undertaking daily activities as well as relaxing in your apartment. Therefore, it’s important to facilitate a plan in order to decide on placement and install the proper fixtures for your particular decor.

Survey Your Lighting Needs

Before you draw out a plan, you’ll need to assess the type of lighting you wish to install or include in each room of your apartment. Because the kitchen is a task-oriented area, you’ll want to install lighting for this purpose. Often, fluorescent lights, track lighting and recessed lighting can be implemented for use in this area of the apartment. You may also want to include lighting in closets and cabinets as well.

In the living room, you may want to install dimmers for mood lighting and determine which areas you need lamps, say, for reading. The type of decor has to be taken into consideration as well as recessed lighting often works well in a contemporary theme while traditional lighting requires other types of fixtures in order to enhance its effect. Lights for reading may also be needed in the bedroom as well as softer lighting. Lighting for the bathroom should be brighter and switches should be placed on the outside of the bathroom for extra safety.

Consider the Decor

As indicated, the type of lighting you use will also depend on the decor of your apartment. For example, wrought-iron chandeliers go well in a Medieval or Gothic decor while a pendant lamp that pulls down is ideal in a retro-themed apartment. For a Victorian design, you may want to select wall sconces or a chandelier made of crystal droplets for your lighting. A Tiffany table lamp is also an ideal choice. Maybe you want to decorate your apartment in the Art Deco style. Then you’ll want to arrange your lighting so it works well with the mirrored effects of the furniture and accessories used in this type of styling. Include chrome fixtures to enhance the look. If you like a contemporary style, then you’ll want to open up your living area with space-efficient track and recessed lighting.

Make an Inventory

Once you’ve assessed your lighting needs and considered your decor, you’ll need to make an inventory of the lighting you wish to install in each room. Look at your floorplan and see how the lighting can be arranged so you get the most benefit from the placement of your lights.

Consider How Your Lights Will Coordinate with Your Accessories and Paints

Consider how the light will bounce off accessories, such as mirrors and reflective paints. Are you creating the right mood or ambience for the room where you want to place your lights?

Formulate the Plan

Once you decide on the types of lights you want and the positioning of your fixtures, dimmers, switches or any electrical sockets you may need to install, you can draw out a plan. Size the areas where you want to place your lights so you can install your fixtures to best work in with the decor and arrangement of your furnishings.

A great lighting plan can shed a whole new light on how you view your apartment. Use it to your advantage.

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