The lighting in our homes is something most of us don’t think about every day – until we don’t have it, that is. The next time there’s a power outage you’ll be reminded of how important the lights are. A basic element in any home or workplace, lighting affects every aspect of modern life. Whether functional or aesthetic or somewhere in between, light enhances our lives to the point where we’d find it almost impossible to live without.
Home lighting can be broken down into three major categories:
~General Lighting illuminates a large space to facilitate day-to-day living. It can also enhance a home’s overall character:
Here, track lighting illuminates the entire space, with a modern flourish:
Paper Lanterns offer an affordable, fun way to fill a child’s bedroom with light:
They’re popular with students too!
At 192 Basinview Drive, a well-lit staircase provides safety and elegance:
Exterior lighting is important too, for safety and security:
Here, interior and exterior lighting combine to present a dramatic night-time vista – a beacon for friends and family!
~Task Lighting fulfills a specific purpose – to brighten up work spaces such as desks, offices, vanities, kitchens and workshops. Check out the lighting in this home office:
We LOVE this well-lit kitchen:43 Madeline Avenue, Lower Sackville
This light/pot rack combo is a clever way to add lighting in keeping with the home’s character:
In this Hubbards home, lighting illuminates a mirror for close work such as applying makeup or shaving, while beautifully accenting the space.
A well-lit walk-in closet makes choosing your wardrobe a snap!
~Accent Lighting does just that – it accents features or aspects of a room to their best effect.
Strategically-placed accent lighting draws attention to this fantastic kitchen island:
A modern-day twist on a chandelier livens up dining room decor:
This central light accents the room’s symmetry:
A neon light attracts attention in a retro-funky kind of way:
Of course, candles are a lovely way to enhance ambiance. How about a candle lit dinner?
Or a relaxing soak in the tub at the end of a long day?
To light our way or brighten our day, lighting plays an integral factor in our lives by enhancing the use and enjoyment of our homes. Take a look around your place and notice the ways that lighting affects each space. Maybe you’ve picked up some ideas from the homes showcased here. We hope we’ve enlightened you!
*Opening image: 273 Nadia Drive, Dartmouth.