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Typically, when we think about our home decor and the specific atmosphere we wish to evoke with it, the lighting is not among the first things that come to mind. This core element of interior design, however, deserves far more credit than it is given.
Even minor adjustments to the lighting setup can drastically change the overall impression of the room. By introducing an antique or vintage chandelier, pendant, or a couple of smaller lamps, you can easily add a touch of class, prestige, and sophistication to an otherwise neutral space.
Picking the right antique or vintage piece that could complete the puzzle of your room decor could prove to be tricky. To access a wide range of quality light fixtures and navigate between all the different periods and styles that are available, you might wish to turn to a professional antique service with a proven track record of quality such as Westland London.
Don’t immediately rush to buy that amazing chandelier or a set of wall lamps, though. Make sure that the light fixture you have chosen will produce the desired effect without introducing any disbalance.
When trying to figure out a lighting plan for your home, try to start by observing the natural light and the way it travels inside the rooms. Take notes about the way light filters in during different times of the day. Depending on the orientation of each room, it may need a specific approach as some will be flooded with light in the morning and get progressively dimmer in the afternoon. Others, on the other hand, may need a couple of table lamps to brighten up those early morning hours.
Each room also has its own distinct function, and the lighting needs to accentuate that instead of interfering. The kitchen, for example, needs a lot of bright light that covers nearly all of the room’s space. After all, you need to clearly see what you are doing on the countertop while preparing the ingredients for the next meal. However, such a strong influx of light may not be appropriate for a bedroom where you would naturally want a more cozy and intimate atmosphere.
Avoid relying on a single bright source of light. Far more interesting and impressive results can be reached by layering the room’s light by including different types and styles of antique light fixtures. Ideally, you would want to try and fit overhead lights, task lights, and several accent lights to the room.
Having a choice between light sources allows for the creation of separate zones with individual ambiance within the general floor plan. You can have a nook for conversations with a low-hanging vintage pendant, a work side with a desk and table lamps, or a zone that addresses some of your particular needs.
Take a look around your basement or attic; there is a high chance that you will find some old and forgotten lamp or a lighting pendant. With a little effort, these items could fit right in with your current decor and add a feel of timelessness. The exact restoration process depends on the particular state of the item, but generally, a lot can be achieved by thoroughly removing all the dust and dirt that has piled up during the years. As for any wiring, it may be best to leave that part to a professional, unless you know what you are doing.
Antique lighting can prove to be an invaluable aspect of any home decor. You can immediately create focal points with glamorous chandeliers that will draw the eye of any visitor even when the lights are turned off. Or, if you are not one for grand statements, adding a couple of wall lights could make your individuality stand out without completely overtaking the room.