Even in the sunny locales of Southern California, artificial lighting in the interior of a home can dramatically affect the interior spaces of a luxury home. Interior designers as well as psychologists have touted the benefits of a properly lit home, especially in the vast, open spaces of Southern California’s most exquisite properties.
To make your luxury space even more inviting, here are a few factors to consider when choosing artificial lighting sources for your Santa Barbara home.
Determine the ambiance of a room.
The lighting of a room can depend greatly on the type of energy you want the space to exude. Many home owners concentrate on incorporating as much natural and artificial light into a space as possible so as to keep the energy bright and upbeat. However, it’s important to remember that a dark palette and minimal light sources also work for some places as well.
If your Santa Barbara home sports a built-in bar or a den, sometimes referred to as a “man cave,” dark often works well in these spaces. According to the housing experts at Redfin, dark colors can make a person feel closed in, and also makes groups of people feel closer, which inspires feelings of camaraderie. This type of ambiance is great for a room where you and your friends are all cheering for the same team or catching up over a few cocktails. For spaces like this it is recommended to go with dark colors and lights with dimmer switches.
Set a goal for each room.
It might sound silly, but setting a goal for each room can greatly help you determine how you want it lit and how it should be decorated. A great, easy place to start is the most personal room in your home, the bedroom. The style of your room should depend greatly on your own lifestyle. Those who work from home might want to incorporate as much natural light as possible so when the sun comes up in the morning, you’re ready to get out of bed and start your day. This can be accomplished by using sheers on the window that diffuse light into the room.
On the other hand, those who work long hours or travel every week might prefer a relaxing sanctuary to relax in when they return home. Create a sumptuous atmosphere by blocking out windows with thick drapery and light the room with smaller bedside lamps and maybe even a simple chandelier over the bed.
Once you’re able to determine what it is you want out of your home and each room in it, your lighting choices will come together easily and naturally.
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