If we play with the light in our rooms we can achieve almost magical effects, which will make every corner of our home stand out, turning it into a unique space . As the world of lighting can be complicated for those who are unfamiliar with the subject, here are 5 ways to make your home look more alive.

Ceiling lamps

They are perhaps the most common mode of lighting and the most suitable for small spaces , since they do not get in the way (unless we are really tall) or steal meters from our rooms. If we want a simpler decoration we can choose some type of ceiling light.

Lamps with lampshades

But if what we are looking for is to achieve a spectacular effect, the best option are lamps with lampshades that fall towards the ground, since when they are illuminated they create an effect of very beautiful brightness and contrasts. Above all, they will stand out if we have very high ceilings, since that is where the striking compositions that form are best appreciated.

Lately it is fashionable to decorate the dining room with ceiling lamps placed on a table, to achieve a more intimate and innovative atmosphere.

Table lamps

Normally we use them in work rooms, as offices or desks, for both adults and children. Reading bills or doing homework requires a direct light source and table lamps are perfect for this . It is also a good idea to place them in hallways and living rooms , as an ornamental and light decoration, or on night tables, especially if we have the habit of reading before going to sleep.

Wall sconces

As they are located on the wall, they do not take up useful space in our house and therefore are ideal for places such as corridors or stair landings. They are normally considered as a secondary light source, but in this function they are perfect to complement the lighting in our home. Although more subdued, having two types of light in the same room will achieve surprising nuances that will give the whole a more lively appearance.

Standing lamps

They are perfect for lighting our room from another perspective and widely used especially in lounges and entertainment venues, making us feel comfortable and enjoy the space, whether to read peacefully or spend time with our children.

Knowing how to use natural light at home

We should not only think about artificial lighting if we want our house to appear more alive . Sunlight is free and takes better care of our eyes than any light bulb , therefore we must make the most of the natural light that enters through our windows, even in winter.

In addition to saving energy , sunlight creates a more natural and warmer environment than any other. With a little imagination we can create very beautiful effects. For example, try placing a series of colored glass attached by strings to the ceiling, right next to a window. The wind will make them move forming a melody and by reflecting the sun’s rays they will create flashes of colors throughout our room. Kids ( and cats ) are going to love it.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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