A Well-Lit Home

Lighting is an essential part of our design process here at SWI. We find that it is an element that is often overlooked. The perfect lighting creates a well lit space for you and your guests to enjoy. Below we’re exploring some of our favorite lighting tips to help you create a “natural glow”.

Always use more lamps than you think you need! The easiest way to brighten a room is with lamps. Overhead fixtures usually don’t provide enough lighting. Put a lamp near (almost) every chair or seating spot in a room.

Mix it up! Finding a balance between floor lamps, table lamps, and overhead lighting (like this dramatic Aerin Lauder globe seen above) will light your rooms better. You can even mix traditional and contemporary fixtures for a unique look.

Get creative! Glamorous light fixtures are a quick way to add personality to your space. The lighting above has a natural, beach feel to it, which makes it perfect for this vacation home.

Be picky about your light bulbs. Make sure you’re checking wattage, and colors so you are getting that natural looking light. We prefer three-way bulbs so you have multiple options to set your lighting. Watch out for newer light bulbs that give off a blue-tint light which tends to look unnatural.

Finally, lighting creates ambiance. From a dinner party to late night drinks to tea, you may want different lighting schemes for all of your events.Β The first step to ambiance lighting is dimmers.Β  Turning down the lights always helps establish the mood. It also helps you work in any additional lighting you may be bringing in, such as candles. Lamps should be ample and spread out in the space so lighting is coming from all different directions.

We hope these tips help you create the perfect glow for your space!

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Happy Lighting!

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