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5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Lighting

Lighting can make all the difference in the way that a home feels. Whether you’re trying to sell your home and want potential buyers to feel like the home is bright and open or you’re just trying to brighten up your home for your own daily life, the tips below will help transform your home.

task lighting1. Use multiple types of lighting to add a sense of dimension and texture to your home.

There are three types of lighting that should be used to add a sense of texture to your home.  Task lighting is the most basic of the three types and should be used to accomplish a certain goal. These are the kinds of lights you’ll often find in the kitchen or in an office intended to provide illumination in a certain area, but even though they’re useful, they can still be attractive. Light fixtures such as modern lamps can really add another element of design to a work space. They can also be used to lighten up an area that would otherwise be shadowed without using electricity all the time and increasing your monthly bill.


ambient lighting


Ambient lighting is vital to making a home feel light and open. Its goal is to mimic daylight throughout your home even in areas that don’t have exposure to the sun. The most important thing to remember when updating your ambient lighting is that it should make a statement but should also flow seamlessly with the other light fixtures in the room. Ambient lighting on its own won’t make a room feel light enough, so you want to get a fixture that can go nicely with other lighting elements in the room.



accent lights

Just as your ears might perk up at an especially interesting accent, your eyes will also be drawn to the addition of accent lighting, which can be used to spice up a room. In fact, while accent lighting is one of the most unappreciated types of lighting, it can make a real difference in your home. Not only does it help add texture to a room, but it can also be used as a method of darkening some corners and lightening others. Want to highlight your gorgeous foyer without cling attention to the pile of shoes your kids left in the corner? Try some accent lighting and say hello to every mom and dad’s dream.





2. Lightbulb types make a huge difference.

We’ve all had the experience of walking into a room where the lightbulbs are just not cutting it. Whether they’re so bright in a white room that they make your eyes hurt or they’re such a pale yellow that they give everything a nasty, tannish sheen, light bulb type makes a huge difference in the atmosphere of a room. When you’re choosing your own lightbulbs, think about the colors of your house and the kind of light that will bring out the best qualities of each room in your home. Think about the difference in soft lighting and bright lighting, as well as the cost of each and how long they will last. There’s a good combination for every room, and you’ll be shocked at the difference it can make.



3. Consider adding a dimmer switch to some of your lights.

Even when you find the perfect bulb for a room, it can still be nice to have the option to change the brightness of that bulb, particularly in a bedroom or other area where dim lighting may be preferred. Dimmer switches are easy and inexpensive to install and can add another element to your lighting experience, allowing you more flexibility and lighting levels throughout the day. They can also help save money, allowing you to keep your lights on without requiring the full amount of power usually taken by the bulb’s full wattage. When selling your home, this can be a particularly important feature, as it adds an element of sophistication to your lights that may increase the modernized feel of the overall house.




4. Keep your windows clean.

If you take pride in your home’s natural lighting, you may be aware that windows can be a HUGE factor in helping a home feel bright and open. However, if a lot of a room’s light is coming from the outside, it’s important to make sure that each window is clean. Otherwise, dust and grime accumulate naturally over time and less and less natural light is able to pass through the window. Even if you have curtains or blinds up over your windows, it can still make a huge difference to clean your windows and get them sparkling again every so often to maximize the amount of natural light that is allowed into each room.



lamp shade5. Pay attention to your lamp shades. 

Lamp shades are one of those things that you don’t realize make a difference until you try a few. In addition to acting as an element of room décor, lamp shades also filter light, changing the tone of the light the bulb diffuses into the room. Lighter lamp shades, particularly white, result in a colder kind of light, while darker shades or ones tinted with color create a softer kind of light. Both types have a time and a place, but recognizing which type will add more to the room is something that will set your home apart and make a difference in its overall impression.





These tips have been brought to you by Maria Sims Group, a company dedicated to making sure that you’re in the best home for you. If you have any questions about our company or would like to ask about a personalized list of homes that would fit your needs, please reach out. Our homepage can be found at or you can call us at 404-805-0673.

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