It is now autumn, and winter is approaching. Your sunlight hours are decreasing, which might have some unexpected influences on your physical and emotional health. According to researchers, people who are exposed to more light during the day sleep longer, exercise more, and have a better mood than those who don’t. Additionally, keeping a brighter space can help regulate your appetite and combats seasonal depression through vitamin D production.
The fact of the matter is, keeping your home light and bright during the shorter winter days can boost your mood and ward off seasonal depression.
If you notice your house is dark and dim during the winter months, you may want to explore some lighting ideas to help make your home feel lighter and brighter. We have a few suggestions to get you started!
Beach House Lighting Ideas
It doesn’t have to take a lot of work to make your home brighter. Depending on your home’s current lighting setup, you can choose from a few simple changes to bring more light in and brighten your rooms. Even a few minor changes might be enough to brighten your space and boost your mood.
Bathroom And Vanity
The smaller space of a bathroom may limit lighting choices, however, there is still plenty of opportunities to incorporate stylish fixtures. Light up your space with a vanity light bar, ceiling lights, classic sconces or pendant lighting, or, when space allows, small table lamps. Don’t skimp on the luminescence either. You will want it bright enough to put on make-up and style your hair. Consider dimmable lights especially if you have a large bathtub that gets used often for relaxation in lower, ambient lighting.
Ceiling lighting may be the best choice for a bathroom because it creates bright light and illuminates larger areas than lamps and sconces. It’s also more direct than table or floor lamps, which can cause glare from shiny surfaces like those found in bathrooms.
In addition to ceiling lights, you can use small wall-mounted fixtures on either side of the mirror and under-cabinet lights along with the base cabinets if they are present to avoid shadows below your eyes when shaving or putting make upon. You’ll want to keep these types of fixtures close together so that there isn’t too much darkness between them –just about an arm’s length apart should be sufficient enough space here. Your lighting is there to help you feel good every time you look into the mirror.
When selecting a bathroom fixture, choose something that can easily be wiped clean, like a glass light cover or shade. This is important because bathrooms require fixtures to produce bright light and withstand humidity and possible splashing from water, so any lighting you choose should definitely meet these requirements. If it’s an overhead fixture, use one with frosted glass rather than clear glass since the latter will show dirt more readily.
Some rules of thumb when choosing bathroom lighting:
- Consider the finish and how it coordinates with your existing faucets, drawer pulls, etc.
- Bulbs are important too! For example, never use exposed bulbs; consider fluorescent and LED lighting because they emit much less heat than incandescent lighting, last longer, and save energy; they are ideal for bathrooms.
- Be sure the finish can withstand the humidity of the shower. Nothing too delicate.
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Halls And Stairways
The accident zone. Hallways and stairs don’t have the luxury of having many windows that allow for natural light. If they do have a window or two, they are often insufficient to light the way, and these spaces often warrant additional lighting. Since many mishaps occur in one of these two spaces, it is important that the area is well lit. Close-to-ceiling fixtures and wall sconces are your best bet as they give great lighting but are also out of harm’s way.
Hallway sconces are generally be spaced about 8 feet to 10 feet apart and should be placed so that a given wall sconce on one wall is facing the area between two on the opposing wall. As far as the height from the floor, generally wall sconces are installed at a height of 66 inches to 72 inches, obviously larger rooms such as those with vaulted ceilings can take a higher placement.
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This is where the drama happens because it is the first area your guest will see walking into your house. To give that homely yet still elegant feel, the best type of lamp to use here is something hanging and decorative such as a chandelier. Classic chandeliers come in all sorts of sparkles and can fit into various styles from the modern, cottage, and traditional, too.
When exploring foyer lighting, choose a fixture that’s proportional to the space of the entryway. If your entryway has 75 square feet of space or more, for example, look for a chandelier with a diameter of at least 12″ to 18″. On the other hand, if you have a smaller entryway, you’ll want a smaller fixture, unless you want it to serve as a focal point.
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The Living Room
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You have many options for beach house living room lighting choices – just about anything goes here as there are no real hard rules other than what looks best in your space.
However, if you’re having trouble deciding which option would look best, consider using all three types of beach house lights: pendants, table lamps, and floor lamps. This way, you won’t come up with any lighting that looks too bright or dim for your beach house living room area, depending on what you’re doing here, like entertaining friends, movie-watching or reading a good book.
You can use pendants as beach house overhead lights to provide general illumination throughout the space while also adding some beachy appeal thanks to their vast aesthetic design possibilities — from classic drum-shaped glass shades in bold colors to more contemporary sculptural designs of metal wire mesh through frosted glass cylinders. Hence, there’s definitely something out there for everyone regardless of taste preference! To add further interest, try using two different styles next to each other – say both one-light fixtures beside a three-arm chandelier.
When it comes to beach house lighting, table lamps are great for task or reading lights since they can be moved and placed near you as needed so that your beach house living room area doesn’t feel too dark if someone wants to read a book here! Plus, they come in all shapes and sizes from small bedside style nightstand fixtures with flexible necks to slightly taller, more upright ones with pull chains on the side of their bases which is perfect when needing additional light above eye level, such as over a couch or chair where you’re seated – especially if there’s no overhead ceiling fixture nearby!
Floor lamps work well by themselves and alongside beach house pendants and table lamps beside chairs, ottomans, or couches where extra light is needed for beach house living room seating areas.
To determine the best size lamp for your living area, measure the side tables. Typically end tables are 25 to 30 inches tall, and the seat of a sofa usually is about 19 inches from the floor –so consider these measurements when choosing your lamp. The top of the lamp should be within 58 to 64 inches when measured from the floor. Be sure the table lamp you choose is proportional to the area on the top of the side table, and be sure to choose a lamp that also leaves space for additional items on top of the side table.
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This is most often the hub of the house.
Adequate lighting is necessary since a variety of tasks are performed here like cooking delicious meals, homework, or just sitting with a hot cup of coffee and reading. Consider a hanging coastal pendant light for a breakfast nook, a rectangular coastal chandelier or a cluster of pendants for an island, and under-cabinet lighting for ambiance.
The right lighting for the kitchen depends on function and style. The best option is to use a combination of both because it provides task-specific light and something atmospheric. Under-cabinet lights are great for providing illumination, but they aren’t enough by themselves in terms of atmosphere, so you might also want to add some pendants or hanging lamps above countertops.
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Lighting in the bedroom isn’t just about creating a romantic atmosphere, though that can certainly be achieved with any of these options here. It’s more about providing an even glow that provides enough light to see clearly what you’re doing but is still subdued enough not to disturb your partner, who may be sleeping on the other side of the room. This is why table lamps are so great for this area because they provide the needed light without being too overwhelming or taking up space that you need to move around in easily.
For bedrooms, use any standard floor lamp with an adjustable height and a shade that can diffuse light upward toward your eyes. A floor lamp with a dimmer switch lets you control the brightness level and its style possibilities since there are just about endless designs out there these days. You’ll also want to consider where will be best placed depending on how much privacy you’d like, whether from windows outside or other rooms inside your house if possible? Or perhaps placing next to mirrors opposite walls could help bounce additional lighting back into the room at night.
There are many beach house lighting ideas you can choose from to meet your needs, but just remember that any light fixture should withstand humidity (if you’re located near the water), so keep this in mind when selecting beach house lights.
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Of course, lighting options are limitless; however, defining which room you’re hoping to light up and how you will use it will guide you to the right type of lighting fixtures, and that will set up your room for decorative success!
Need more coastal lighting ideas? We invite you to explore our entire collection here at Cottage & Bungalow to find your new favorite piece!