How to Choose Lighting for Rooms Within Your Home

How to Choose Lighting for Rooms Within Your Home

You will have many creative opportunities when designing your home’s lighting.


However, one of the most beneficial, yet daunting tasks, may be designing the lighting for your home. The ideas and needs change for every room. Your kitchen may have more light and potential than your bedroom. Therefore, each room has its own unique needs.

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Lighting is a necessity for many reasons, from illuminating the space to creating an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. You will certainly need to understand the best way to create your own lighting for each space within your home specifically.

We believe that lighting is an incredible element to create a magnificent space. That’s why, here at White Oak Interiors, we have put together a few tips on how to choose the best lighting for rooms within your own home. To learn how you can create a stunning design, be sure to keep reading for some great insight:


  • For the mudrooms. One room that often goes unnoticed when planning your interior design, is the mudroom. This handy space is a great place to ready yourself for hard work, and clean up after a long day. The perfect lighting for these types of rooms are sconces or picture lights to help create the perfect ambiance. You can welcome your guests in with muddy shoes and wet raincoats with a little, inviting lights that will not only provide warmth, but an extra element of décor too!


  • Complementing the view. When standing in your rooms, what do you see? For example, when you are standing in your kitchen, what views do you get? Perhaps you see into another room with ease, or people on the outside of your home can see perfectly well into your kitchen. This is a great opportunity to display your gorgeous lighting within the view. Consider placing lights within views of windows, so that you can add some more pizzazz to your space, as well as light up areas that are on opposing sides of your windows as they would be more dim spaces.


  • Light up your island. To create a beautiful and full look for your kitchen, you can consider placing lights above your island. The lighting above will create a powerful appearance that you and your guests can enjoy as you sit at your island. Whether you choose one, single light, or a fixture with multiple, there is so much opportunity for creativity.

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You can be as creative as you please when designing the lighting for your space. These are just a few tips to inspire yours. Here at White Oak Interiors, as an Algonquin, Illinois interior designer, we would be honored to assist you in creating your perfect space. To begin planning your Chicago interior design, please be feel free to get in touch with us today.


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How to Choose Lighting for Rooms Within Your Home

Interior Design Tips: How to Add Light to A Dark Space

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Home is a place where you can relax, create memories, and just be yourself, so of course you will want your interior design to be styled perfectly. Your home is not just where you lay your head at night, but where you can be happy. From lounging around in your family room to a refreshing shower in your bathroom, you surely want to feel happy within each and every space. This is your home, after all.

The fact is, there are some rooms that just don’t get enough natural light. This is especially frustrating if renovating your space isn’t an option. It may not be so easy to just construct a new window within your home.

Here at White Oak Interiors, we understand that your home needs to be comfortable in every way possible. That’s why we have put together a few interior design tips to assist you in bringing more light into your dark space. If you want a cheery and bright environment within your own home, be sure to continue reading for inspiration:

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  • Hang your art accordingly. There are bound to be some darker paintings, photos, or wall décor that you will want displayed within your home. If you have an already dark room, you can avoid making it darker by hanging these art displays in an already bright room. By taking your brighter décor, and hanging it in your darker room, you already bring a lighter feel to your room. Also, avoid dark paint colors, as this can make the room appear even more dim and smaller.

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  • Bring on the mirrors. Sure, you may not be able to create new windows that allow light in. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get more bang for your buck out of the light already provided. Mirrors are a wonderful way to reflect the light that is already there, in turn, brightening up your room. Invest in a large mirror that will look beautiful, hanging across the room from your biggest window. This will allow you to double the amount of light in your room.

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  • Consider outside forces. Sometimes, it’s not about the lack of windows within your room. The lack of light shining into your room can actually be caused by an outside force, such as a tree in front of your window. This is virtually, a cost-free way to allow more light into your home, without changing anything inside it. If you have a tree stopping your home from shining bright, you can solve the problem with some perfectly placed snips. Keeping up on your trees allows continuous light flow and makes it less of a hassle in the long run.

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  • Take a pass on heavy curtains. Privacy is a huge part to enjoying your home. It is understandable that you will take measures to ensure that you have that privacy. Dark, heavy curtains are not the answer. Instead, you can try translucent shades, allowing light to disperse throughout the room. Your room doesn’t have to become a lair for you to enjoy a little privacy.

When your home doesn’t have enough sunlight, you may want to add more. Renovation isn’t your only option to make your home brighter, as these interior design tips will certainly help! Here at White Oak Interiors, we know how important a cheerful setting is within your home. If you are ready to begin styling your space, feel free to contact us today.


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